Defense

April 19, 2012

Officials implement flexibilities for third round of VERA/VSIP

by Erin Tindell
JB San Antonio-Randolph, Texas

As the Air Force continues a fiscal 2012 civilian workforce restructure through voluntary retirement and separation initiatives, officials have instituted new flexibilities to help minimize the impact of downsizing and workforce shaping.

Unlike the previous two rounds, the third round of Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay will allow civilians to fill VSIP-created vacancies at other Air Force installations provided the losing base can show it saved an employee from involuntary separation. This will allow an exception to DOD Priority Placement Program clearance procedures.

These flexibilities will be used during the third round of VERA/VSIP, which begins May 1, and will help give civilians the opportunity for continued employment. Officials said the flexibilities will be used to the maximum extent allowed.

“We’re committed to sustaining excellence, meeting fiscal requirements and minimizing negative impacts on our current permanent civilian workforce and their families,” said Michelle LoweSolis, the Air Force Personnel Center’s civilian force integration director. “These flexibilities will give us an even greater ability to rebalance the skills of our workforce into enduring positions at various installations.”

The survey window for the next VERA/VSIP opportunity will open during the first week of May. Applications will be due during the week of May 14 or an earlier date established by local authorities. If approved, applicants will retire or separate by Aug. 31.

“The goal is to have all civilian employees realigned to continuing positions by Sept. 30,” said Lisa Cevallos, a human resources specialist at AFPC. “We encourage managers to consider restructuring any vacant positions they have for the placement of affected employees. They should also work with their CPSs on additional flexible processes to help place employees.”

Employees should review all available information on the programs at the Air Force Personnel Services website and word search “VERA” and “VSIP.” For annuity estimates, employees should go to the AFPC Benefits and Entitlements Service Team automated website, called EBIS, to access the retirement calculator.

After gathering information through AFPERS and EBIS, employees should contact their local civilian personnel section to discuss their individual situation and what steps to take if they are offered VERA and/or VSIP.

For more information about civilian employment, voluntary separation programs and other personnel issues, visit AFPERS at https://gum-crm.csd.disa.mil.

 




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