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GPO Wants to Offer Buyouts to 15% of Its Personnel

The Government Printing Office published notice of its plan to send a request to Congress and OPM for buyout authority for 330 of its employees.

The Government Printing Office published notice of its plan to send a
request to Congress and OPM for buyout authority for a portion of its
employees. GPO has 2200 employees and has stated its goal is to ahieve a
15% reduction of its personnel (which amounts to 330 positions) which
includes a 25% reduction in management and supervisory level positions.

If and when GPO is given authority, employees can be offered
lump-sum payments up to $25,000 as an incentive for voluntary
separation. The actual amount that gets used is based on a formula which
was not disclosed in GPO’s press release.

Chief Executive Officer William Boarman stressed that GPO is indeed
open for business despite its desire to make the cuts: “GPO has
restructured and reinvented itself numerous times throughout the last
150 years to carry out the critical mission of meeting the dissemination
and information needs of the U.S. Congress and Federal agencies. These
challenging economic times have no boundaries and are forcing many
Federal agencies to seek ways to survive. GPO is open for business. We
are an agency with a dedicated workforce that will continue to
reengineer itself in the 21st century to serve as the digital
information platform for the Federal Government.”

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