Debra D’Agostino, Founding Partner at the Federal Practice Group
and opinion contributor for The Hill, recently had an article published
that focuses on reductions in force (RIFs). Her article –
Brace yourself, federal employees: ‘Reductions in force’ are coming – is a direct address to employees of the federal government who
may be concerned about their positions and line of work amid expected
sweeping budgetary changes under the Trump administration.
In her article, Ms. D’Agostino comments on the looming budget, that
although has yet to be passed, will likely reshape many federal agencies
and result in reductions in force. While the budget will affect the fiscal
year beginning in October, it becomes critical to prepare for what she
refers to as the RIF tsunami.
Drawing from her experience as a federal employment law attorney and RIFs
that have occurred in the past, Ms. D’Agostino discusses several
options for federal employees who may be facing layoffs or termination
due to budget cuts. Many of these options are more cost effective for
agencies that want to avoid terminations.
Among these options are:
- Incentives for early retirement
- Performance appraisal preparation
- Transfers and relocation
- Voluntary demotion
Ms. D’Agostino’s article provides an in-depth assessment of
these options for federal employees, and provides helpful information
about how they can best prepare themselves. She also details the potential
benefits and drawbacks of these options, as well as which federal employees
may find them most feasible. Ultimately, her key piece of advice encourages
federal employees to stay connected and become involved in discussion
about the future of their agency and their available options. She also
reminds employees that they have rights when an agency fails to properly
place them on the retention register or when a RIF is conducted in a discriminatory
fashion under the MSPB or EEOC.
For more information, you can read Attorney D’Agostino’s full
clicking here. You can also learn more about your rights and options when it comes to
your agency and reductions in force by
the Federal Practice Group to speak personally with a federal employment lawyer.