Heather White, a Partner at the Federal Practice Group, recently had an
article published by
Government Executive, a leading national publication for federal employees. Her article –
Preparing for a Reduction in Force at Your Agency
– was published on March 29, 2017. You can view the full article
Ms. White’s article is prefaced by the threat of numerous proposed
budgetary cuts and restrictions under the Trump administration. If passed,
many non-defense agencies could see steep cuts in spending, which in turn
may result in reductions in staff.
Because President Trump’s proposed budget aims to decrease federal
funding for agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Department
of Education, and State and Labor departments, among others, Ms. White
focuses her article on providing important facts and details when it comes
to RIFs, or reductions in force.
According to Attorney White, federal agencies may have options to reduce
headcount before a RIF by reassigning employees into vacancies, reorganizing
in order to minimize the damage, or offering buyouts prior to conducting a RIF.
Ms. White goes on to provide information about RIFs, rules that apply when
an agency conducts an RIF, and the rights of employees, such as being
entitled to due process and having access to programs such as the Career
Transition Assistance Program (CTAP). As a federal employment attorney
who has worked with many agencies and employees throughout the years,
she also provides some helpful tips on how to handle challenges or make
the process run as efficiently as possible.
Reductions in force are not an easy experience, Ms. White concludes, but
there are laws in place to make them humane for federal employees. In
addition to these laws, our attorneys at The Federal Practice Group are
available to help federal employees learn more about their rights and
how we can help them with any employment issue they may face. For more
information about our firm and the services we provide, contact us today.