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NASA HQ Memo: NASA Early Retirement and Buyout Incentives

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, December 7, 2004

As part of NASA's transformation, we are conducting a comprehensive workforce review to determine what skills we will need to staff our missions and programs, analyze skills inherent in the workforce, and determine where there may be gaps. By planning for future staffing needs, we can align our human capital strategically to our bold mission objectives.

This process is about competency management and encouraging people to consider their options in a transformed NASA. This effort is not aimed at downsizing the NASA workforce. The objective is not to cut staffing levels, but to rebalance and reshape the workforce where needed.

Resulting from our workforce review, some competency areas are well staffed, while other areas are deficient. We need to acquire different skills in some new areas related to the Vision for Space Exploration. We want to deal with these challenges in a deliberate, thoughtful way by using the tools we have available through existing law as well as the new NASA Workforce Flexibilities Act. Additionally, we want to minimize any impact on the NASA Family. Voluntary early retirement and buyout incentives provide a positive means of addressing the challenge we have to reshape our workforce.

On Friday, NASA employees at our Ames, Dryden, Glenn, Langley and Marshall Centers heard from their Center Directors about plans to offer early retirement and buyout incentives to eligible employees at those locations. At this time, NASA's Goddard, Johnson, Kennedy and Stennis Centers, NASA Headquarters and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have not identified significant skills imbalances, and therefore are not offering incentives.

Employees who are eligible for the early retirement and buyout offer will receive additional information from their Center in the next few days about how they can apply for these incentives.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact your Center's Human Resources Office.

Frederick D. Gregory
Deputy Administrator
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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