OPM Issues Guidance on Workforce Restructuring

November 23, 2011

The Office of Personnel Management has provided guidance to agencies' human resources chiefs on available tools to restructure the federal workforce.

A memo from OPM Director John Berry includes information for chief human capital officers on buyouts, early retirement packages, layoffs and reassignments. "The federal government is experiencing restructuring and downsizing in an increasing number of agencies," the memo stated. "As a result, some federal employees may ultimately find themselves in a position of having to transition to a new job."

The guidance also encourages federal employees to use USAJobs.gov as a resource for finding jobs throughout government. That site, however, has been plagued with technology problems since OPM relaunched it in October. Many glitches have been fixed, but some applicants still are having a tough time effectively using the site.

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