State Department Confirms It Is Offering Buyouts to Entice 641 Employees to Leave

Government Executive: Citing a need to “reduce unnecessary supervisory levels and organizational layering,” the State Department on Monday confirmed an earlier news report that it is offering staff voluntary buyouts and early retirement incentives. About 641 employee departures above the normal attrition rate in 2018 will be required under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s still-unfolding reorganization plan being created in response to the March Office of Management and Budget memo on reducing the federal workforce. “The department’s goal is to meet its workforce reduction targets through the use of voluntary measures such as buyouts rather than involuntary measures, such as furloughs or reductions in force,” an official said in an email to Government Executive.

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