What is a “voluntary RIF?”
It is a Defense Department-only program allowing employees to volunteer for separation in a RIF even though they would not otherwise be subject to separation. They are eligible for most of the benefits accrued to those involuntarily separated, such as severance pay and temporary continuation of federal health insurance coverage. However, they are ineligible for registration in the Priority Placement Program or voluntary separation incentive payments (buyouts). Separation volunteers who are re-employed by the federal government are subject to the rules governing repayment of severance pay.