Federal Employment

The Results to Date of the Fiscal Year 1994 Buyouts at Non-Defense Agencies Gao ID: T-GGD-94-214 September 22, 1994

The Federal Workforce Restructuring Act of 1994 authorized buyouts at non-Defense Department agencies to help reduce the federal workforce by more than a quarter million people by 1999. In analyzing the results to date, GAO believes that most buyouts enabled agencies to meet their fiscal year 1994 workforce reduction targets without resorting to reductions in force. However, agencies were to accompany their workforce reductions with comprehensive plans detailing the management reforms and restructuring initiatives they intended to make to achieve the National Performance Review's goals of reinventing government. To the extent that the resubmitted plans may still not meet the administration's expectations, agencies may be trying to meet their downsizing targets without meaningful strategic or workforce planning.

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