Role of Employee Performance in RIF Decisions Would Change Under New House Plan

Under the annual DoD authorization bill up for vote in the House Armed Services Committee, the DoD would be instructed to put employees’ performance above other factors such as longevity in RIFs.

The “chairman’s mark,” a starting document for voting on the bill, criticizes the Pentagon for not making reductions its civilian federal workforce—as well as in its contractor workforce–equivalent to the reductions in military personnel.

The DoD would be required to “consider performance most significantly among other factors when exercising existing authority for workforce restructuring within the Department.”

Where significant reductions in the military are occurring, similar reductions in civilian personnel would be required. The first recourse to be use of attrition and buyout and early retirement incentives.

In addition, positions abolished could not be refilled for six years, with few exceptions.

 

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