DESPITE OPM'S PLEAS, NO AGENCIES HAVE INCENTIVIZED THEIR EMPLOYEES TO LEAVE - May 9, 2017
OPM Is Ready, but No Agencies Have Requested Separation Incentive Authority Yet
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
No federal agencies have requested special authority to incentivize their employees to leave, according to the office responsible for granting the permission, despite a call from the White House to engage in the tactic as a means for cutting their workforces.
The Office of Personnel Management has not yet received any requests to process buyout or early retirement authority, an agency spokesperson said. The Office of Management and Budget sent out an April memorandum calling on agencies to develop plans to reduce their civilian workforces and streamline their operations. While first drafts on those plans are not due until June 30, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said agencies should begin taking steps to cut their rolls immediately.