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Information on federal agency buyouts

By Ed O'Keefe

As The Eye reports in Wednesday's Post, "Uncle Sam may be hiring, but he's also trimming staff in some corners of the government, as agencies suffer through a budget squeeze or shift their focus."

Read the full report and then review the agency-by-agency buyout and early retirement offers below:

The Office of Personnel Management extended approval for the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program (VSIP) to five departments. Deadlines vary, with some extending into 2011:

Treasury Department's Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Treasury Department's Internal Revenue Service, Office of Information Modernization & Technology

Education Department's Office of Special Education & Rehabilitation Services

Interior Department's U.S. Geological Survey-New Mexico Water Science

Agriculture Department's Departmental Management Organization

Housing and Urban Development's Office of Administration

The five departments plan to make 1,444 buyout offers to employees in excess positions, and hope that 1,304 of those employees will accept the voluntary separation incentive program offer.

OPM also approved 16 voluntary early retirement authorities (VERA) through Dec. 16, 2009. Agencies plan to pay the full $25,000 to employees who accept the early retirements. The VERAs cover seven agencies and one former agency with employees grandfathered into coverage under the Civil Service Retirement System (the Alaska Railroad):

Treasury Department's Bureau of Engraving and Printing: Available at the agency's Washington, D.C. and Texas offices from Nov. 4 through Sept. 30, 2010.

Treasury Department's Internal Revenue Service, Office of Information Modernization & Technology: Available organization-wide from Sept. 15, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2011

Treasury Department's Internal Revenue Service Office of Small Business-Self Employed Review: At the Cleveland office from Dec. 8, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2010.

Education Department's Office of Special Education & Rehabilitation Services: Washington, D.C. from Nov. 2, 2009 to Jan. 2, 2010.

Interior Department's Geological Survey-New Mexico Water Science: Albuquerque, N.M. from Nov. 12, 2009 to Jan. 2, 2011.

Interior Department's Geological Survey-South Carolina Water Science Center: at four locations from Dec. 10, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2010.

Interior Department's Geological Survey-Western Geographic Science Center: in four states from Dec. 4, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2010.

Energy Department's Bonneville Power Administration: different locations from Nov. 24, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2010.

Energy Department's Environmental Management: Organization-Wide, from Jan. 1, 2010 through Jan. 31, 2011.

Agriculture Department's Departmental Management Organization: At Washington, D.C. headquarters from Nov. 13, 2009 to Jan. 3, 2010.

Agriculture Department's Extension Service-University of Maryland: Jan. 1, 2010 through June 30, 2010.

Agriculture Department's Extension Service-VA Tech & VA Tech Universities: from Nov. 24, 2009 through June 30, 2010.

Housing and Urban Development's Office of Administration: Washington, D.C. from Nov. 17, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2011.

Housing and Urban Development's Office of Human Resources: Washington, D.C. from Nov. 30, 2009 to Dec. 31, 2009.

Labor Department's Small Business Programs: Washington, D.C. from Oct. 22, 2010 through Jan. 31, 2011.

The Alaska Railroad: from Nov. 5, 2009 through April 3, 2010.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | December 29, 2009; 9:07 PM ET
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