Voluntary Early Retirement



EPA OIG: EPA’s 2014 Early-Out and Buyout Activities Aided Workforce Restructuring Goals, and Continued Monitoring of Progress Can Show Value of Restructuring

March 2017

This report addresses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) progress toward workforce restructuring goals after EPA employees accepted payments of up to $25,000 in 2014 to separate from federal employment. 

This program helped the agency accomplish certain restructuring goals, including reducing the size of program and regional offices, reducing the number of highly graded positions, and eliminating surplus positions. 

The EPA paid $11.3 million in incentives in 2014 to get 456 employees to voluntarily leave the agency. Report