USDA cuts buyout amount for employees slated to be relocated

Those employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture who are scheduled to be reassigned outside of Washington, D.C., and were offered early buyouts, have been told to expect less than what they were originally offered.

Earlier this summer, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that USDA will move more than 600 employees from the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to the Kansas City area.

Employees that are eligible for a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment or Voluntary Early Retirement Authority were offered $25,000 for their departure.

However, the agency, in a confirmation update, rescinded that offer.

“Due to the volume of applications and in an effort to afford all employees who applied the opportunity to receive the incentive payment, the amount approved for all applicants has changed from $25,000 to $10,000,” USDA wrote in the update, which is being distributed by the American Federation of Government Employees.

Those who are approved for a VSIP have until Aug. 26 to accept the buyout and must leave or retire from the agency between Sept. 16 and 27.

AFGE released a statement condemning the lower amount.

“Employees now have less than a week to decide whether to accept the reduced buyout, which also bars them for working at another federal agency for five years. Many of these employees have spent their careers devoted to agricultural research and furthering their agencies’ missions, and they deserve to be treated better than this.”

The Economic Research Service conducted a staff tally last month and found that most of employees slated to be relocated to Kansas City will decline the move.

With that in mind, AFGE said the agency had enough time to budget and plan accordingly.

Reader comments

Mon, Sep 9, 2019

The elected officials (both former and current) are all concerned with their current over paid positions with out of control benefits and perks continue till they are either thrown out, become senile or retire. It is time that all elected officials are given term limits and can not be elected to office over and over again. They all despise civil servants and both parties are complicit with this mentality.

Tue, Aug 27, 2019

Hey chicken man, go back to the corporation you ran and cheated your employees out of salary, benefits and retirement. Now you are doing it to the great workers who work at Agriculture ! Eliminate political appointed minions and supposed management and morale would increase 100% in days.

Thu, Aug 22, 2019

In the big outfit in Bethesda, conflict of interest is perpetuated by management. The more corrupt and backstabbing the larger the bonuses and enhanced promotions.

Thu, Aug 22, 2019

The destruction of individual civil servant careers goes as far back as the reinvention policies of Clinton and Gore who came from states that never amounted to anything other than a few very rich and the rest living at subsistence levels. Civil servants lost ground under Bush Jr, Obama and now this make America great again president and his political morons making policies that adversely affect hard working folks. The idea one can not lok for another position with in the government is a joke and should be challenged in courts by the federal unions (where are they other than collecting dues and spewing hot air) and their affiliates. The civil servants have been slapped in the face and wallets for over 30 years and it is time these political morons note what is happening and make positive productive changes. Where is Pelosi, Schumer, Warren and Cummings and other elected bozos doing anything, absolutely not other than accepting a big bloated paycheck for minimal work effort. Here is to the elections and vote all incumbents out of office. Replacements cant be anything worse than this collection of idiots presently running the show.

Wed, Aug 21, 2019

Being force into a MRA+10 because I wont move to KS. I have had 3 back surgeries & I will not leave the Dr.'s I have in DC but even though I am not ready to Retire and I am a Low Grade Employee that only has 10 yrs of fed. employment.So I will only receive $250 a month for my retirement NIFA doesn't care that I cant live on $250 a month my choice is I either accept the job in KS or Get Out!I almost took the VSIP the only reason I didn't is because I would loose my health insurance, so glad I didn't apply for it. Disgusted.

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