Air Force announces civilian RIF

The Air Force announced that some of its installations will conduct a civilian reduction-in-force through April 4.

The department said a needs assessment conducted in early August identified more than 1,000 “overage positions” across 48 Air Force installations.

According to the Air Force, the RIF authorities will help the department place employees  who are not assigned to funded positions—as well as allow greater flexibilities for employees to be placed at their installations while retaining their grade or pay. The Air Force said it has been using voluntary efforts since fiscal 2014 to balance its civilian workforce in order to meet Defense Department funding targets.

The Air Force said it has been able to trim the number of overage positions through pre-RIF placements, hiring controls and several rounds of voluntary early retirement authority (VERA) and voluntary separation incentive pay (VSIP) offers in fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2015.

The department said it would use the RIF authorities to help move most of the remaining civilians in overage slots to funded positions. The RIF authority also lets each location use other placement options—to change to a lower grade, retain pay/retain grade protections, and waive qualifications to place additional affected employees. More information is available at the Air Force Personnel Center website.

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