No. They are offered, if at all, only at an agency’s discretion. Offers typically can be targeted on the basis of organizational unit, occupational series or level, geographic location, specific periods, skills, knowledge, or other job related factors, or a combination of these factors, although not performance.
In addition, certain employees are ineligible for buyouts, including re-employed annuitants, employees eligible for disability retirement, employees about to be separated for misconduct or unacceptable performance, and employees who have previously received a buyout from the federal government.
Restrictions also may apply based on receipt of student loan reimbursements or of recruitment, retention or relocation incentives; check with the employing agency for those and other potential limits.