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Sex ed and buyout information
Monday - 11/25/2013, 2:00am EST
What do government buyouts have in common with sex education as it was not practiced back in the day? Short answer:
Nobody is getting much (information) because the people who have the know-how don't want to explain when. Or how! Either that or they've been told by a higher power not to broadcast buyout data. Instead, feds, like curious kids of the 1950s, have to pick the buyout news up from the street. Or around the proverbial water-cooler.
At one time, until recently, buyout information was readily available. Agencies were anxious to publicize the payouts as a way to show they were trimming the payroll and cutting costs. It's a lot cheaper to pay an employee $25,000 before deductions than to keep him or her on the payroll, at double, triple or more salary for another year.
But that was then. For some reason, many agencies that are offering buyouts are keeping them as quiet as possible. This has led to wishful-thinking rumors in many agencies about buyouts that may or may never happen. That said, this is what we are picking up on the street, so far:
- NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center announced buyouts last
week for 274 people over a dozen organizational divisions. A round of buyouts was
announced yesterday at GSFC. It is for 274 people, spread over 12 organizational
divisions. Word is that people in targeted positions will receive emails
inviting them to fill out an application. People selected for the buyout will
have to leave between December 30 and February 8, 2014.
- Workers tell us that the U.S. Attorney's Offices have just
concluded a major buyout, including both attorney's and support staff.
- An FBI staffer says the word is that a slew of buyout
letters went out recently, limited to headquarters' division.
- John Doe (probably not his real name) says: Defense Intelligence Agency offered VERA/VSIP (buyouts and early-retirements) in October. Employees who take them must be gone by Jan. 31. The goal was to get 300 to walk; rumor is that about 220 took the offer made to GS-15 and below. "I am told another offer was made to SES level employees and they must be out by April," the reader says. "Probably will be another VERA/VSIP in spring or summer. I will be leaving. Had enough fun." — J.D.
Until they do, we'll keep you posted on rumors and official announcements, along with the occasional Big Foot sighting.
NEARLY USELESS FACTOID
Compiled by Jack Moore
The term jackpot derives from an 1870s poker game known as "Jacks or Better."
(Source: Today I Found Out)
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