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UPDATE: GAO OKs 42 buyouts

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CORRECTION: GAO said the union published incorrect numbers in its newsletter. The actual number of buyouts has so far been 42, and another three early retirements. GAO said the program closes Sept. 20, and those numbers could change between now and then.

ORIGINAL POST: The Government Accountability Office has approved buyouts for 41 employees, and early retirements for another 5 employees.

The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 1921, also known as the GAO Employees Organization, listed the buyout and early out numbers in an e-mail newsletter sent to members this afternoon.

In an Aug. 8 memo to employees, GAO listed 56 positions — mostly management-level and other upper-level analysts and criminal investigators in bands IIB and III — that it hoped would accept the buyouts. GAO did not say how many early retirements it expected. Employees who were approved for a buyout or early out must leave by Sept. 30.

Tight budgets prompted GAO’s staffing cutbacks. In his Aug. 8 memo, Comptroller General Gene Dodaro said they “will help GAO adjust to our anticipated fiscal year 2012 budget while continuing to support our strategic plan and meet the needs of Congress.”

IFPTE’s newsletter also said GAO’s field office study team is scheduled to brief the agency’s executive committee on their initial findings Sept. 16. The team could recommend field office closures and layoffs as part of the first review of GAO’s field office structure in more than a decade. IFPTE said that before GAO management settles on any workforce restructuring because of the team’s findings, it is obligated to discuss alternatives with the union.

This continues government agencies’ ongoing trend of offering buyouts and early retirements to deal with tight budgets in the coming years.

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  1. adfef Says:
    September 15th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    They need to cut around 100 times that many employees to make a dent.

  2. Doretha Barbour Says:
    October 31st, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Fill out the paper, but Comptroller would not sign paper for me to take buyout because he said that the way it’s written up he couldn’t afford to down grade my job. He could not fill it at a lower lever, he said people wouldn’t stay on a low paying joy, but yet he sign the paper for three other people to take the buy out before me and now I’m being pushion for it.