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EPA plans to close Las Vegas Finance Center in 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency will close its second Las Vegas office next spring, affecting only a small number of employees, but it is a part of a larger effort to shutter offices and reassign employees across the country, Government Executive reports.

Sixteen employees at the Las Vegas Finance Center, which operates under the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, will have their functions absorbed by one of the agency’s three other finance locations in other cities outside of the state, and will be offered relocation expense reimbursements, the article notes, adding that the agency is also seeking the authority to offer early retirements and buyouts to eligible affected employees. 

However, the recent closure plan could put the agency at odds with congressional appropriators who placed limits on the agency’s authority to close offices, contending that the fiscal year 2019 budget bill did not provide any funds "to consolidate or close any regional offices" at EPA, according to the article.

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