RAFB offers 403 employees $25,000 in early retirement incentives
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Robins Air Force Base is offering 403 civilian employees a cash incentive up to 25,000 as a result of the recent round of voluntary early retirement and separation incentives known as VERA/VSIP.
The base began accepting applications for the incentives in early February. During the two-week application window, civilian personnel received 880 applications for early retirement or separation. The office issued 593 offers, with 403 workers accepting and 189 declining.
Stacy Wood, a human resource specialist in civilian personnel, said the overwhelming majority of accepted offers came from the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex.
“The main reason for this round of VERA/VSIP was to better align the complex workforce with the incoming workload,” he said “As our workload has decreased, the workforce needed to be shaped so it is the right size to match the workload.”
Despite its timing, VERA/VSIP is not related to sequestration.
“They are two distinct and unrelated efforts,” Wood said. “VERA/VSIP is about shaping the workforce to align with future requirements, while sequestration is a budget driven exercise.”
Those who accepted the VERA/VSIP offer will have to leave government employment by April 30.
There are no current plans for another round of VERA/VSIP.