Strodel said that although his office has been operating under the assumption that budgets would be tighter in the coming years, any further cuts would force him to put all options on the table, including personnel reductions, to stay within budget constraints.
Gainer said that, as of Feb. 28, 80 members of his team expressed interest in taking advantage of the buyouts, which Gainer said would prevent the need to furlough employees for one day per month per employee. Those employees can decide to change their mind and stay with the agency any time before April 30, Gainer said.
“Some people have put in requests; some people have withdrawn them already,” Gainer told CQ Roll Call last week. “But in theory, if all the people who have indicated that they would take retirement take retirement, we’ll be in a very good position to meet the salary reduction that is laid upon us without furloughs.”