Robins Air Force Base Offers Buyouts to 403

1:57 PM, Mar 13, 2013   |    comments
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Robins Air Force Base has offered 403 civilian workers buyouts of up to $25,000.

They must leave their jobs by April 30, according to a base news release.

The buyouts are part of a round of voluntary early retirement and separation incentives announced last year -- which the military is calling VERA/VSIP.

According to the base, Robins accepted applications for the incentives during a two-week window in early February.

They say 880 people applied for early retirement or separation, and the base in return made offers to 593 offers.

The base says 403 workers accepted those offers and 189 declined.

The buyouts are aimed at matching Robins' staffing with its workload, and they are unconnected to sequestration.

Here is the base statement:

Robins Offers VERA/VSIP Incentives

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Robins is offering 403 civilian employees a cash incentive up to 25,000 as a result of the recent round of voluntary early retirement and separation incentives known as VERA/VSIP.

The base began accepting applications for the incentives in early February. During the two-week application window, civilian personnel received 880 applications for early retirement or separation. The office issued 593 offers, with 403 workers accepting and 189 declining.

Stacy Wood, a human resource specialist in civilian personnel, said the overwhelming majority of accepted offers came from the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex.

"The main reason for this round of VERA/VSIP was to better align the complex workforce with the incoming workload," he said "As our workload has decreased, the workforce needed to be shaped so it is the right size to match the workload."

Despite its timing, VERA/VSIP is not related to sequestration.

"They are two distinct and unrelated efforts," Wood said. "VERA/VSIP is about shaping the workforce to align with future requirements, while sequestration is a budget driven exercise."

Those who accepted the VERA/VSIP offer will have to leave government employment by April 30.

There are no current plans for another round of VERA/VSIP.


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