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Buyouts and early outs: We want to hear from you

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It seems every time we turn around these days, another agency is offering buyouts or early retirements. Last week, it was the Education Department, then the Government Accountability Office, and now the Commerce Department has gotten permission to use those tools to cut staff at eight bureaus.

What’s the scuttlebutt around your office? Are you hearing watercooler rumors about planned buyouts or early outs, or have your supervisors sent out e-mails or memos confirming they’re in the works? We’d love to hear what you’re hearing. E-mail me at slosey@federaltimes.com with any news about buyouts or early retirements at your agency. If you’d like to just talk off the record, that’s fine.

And while we’re on the subject, what do you think of these offers? Are you planning on taking them, if you have the chance? Is a $25,000 buyout offer enough to get you to give up your career, with the private sector job market so dicey and the stock market giving people whiplash? Or would you need more to give up your federal job?

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  1. donald sauberan Says:
    August 16th, 2011 at 5:14 am

    yes me and a two co workers wood take the buyouts,they have 38 years each at the va medical center ,my wife has 33 years me 24 years.where been reading about all the buyouts.we are hopeing it come are way.at the va medical centers.we do have alot of topout people in pay,and sick leave,they can save alot of money by buying out some topout people. in pay sick leave and vacation time.and tsp moneys. bring in lower grades poeple to fill the jobs. the va centers have a lot of employees.

  2. mkwpfw Says:
    August 16th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Trying to find out if DLA (DEFENSE LOGISTIC AGENCY) will be offering a VERA/VSIP. I see where there a DOD Wide VERA/VSIP hopefully DLA will offer one soon.

  3. Renee Bush Says:
    August 16th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I hope they offer the VERA/VSIP to the TRADOC Training and Doctrine Command for the Army. I’ve been doing this job since 1981 and am so burnt out. At 53 I still have 2 more years before i can retire so i’m hoping the VERA/VSIP authority comes down. Any news?