EPA Could Offer 1,228 Employees Buyouts, Union Says

By Andrew Childers

As many as 1,228 EPA employees will be eligible for buyout offers, according to a proposed memorandum of understanding on the offers released by the agency’s union.

The buyouts would need to take effect by Sept. 2, according to John O’Grady, an Environmental Protection Agency employee and union representative based in Chicago, who released the draft memorandum to reporters June 20. The proposed memorandum is similar to those between the agency and unions reached for similar buyout offers in 2014 and 2015, O’Grady said in an email.

In fiscal year 2016, EPA says it employed 15,376 staff members.

Union officials could not be reached for additional comment. The EPA could not predict the number of employees who would take the buyout, but the agency has previously said it would be targeting supervisor positions, with $12 million set aside for the offers.

About 450 employees took the EPA’s buyout offers in 2014, the agency’s Office of Inspector General said in a March report. Those buyouts cost the agency $11.3 million in incentives.

The EPA’s fiscal year 2018 budget request would cut EPA employment lives by approximately 20 percent, bringing its staffing down to mid-1980s levels.

O’Grady said the union hopes to have the memorandum signed by June 30.

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The proposed memorandum of understanding on EPA buyout offers is available at http://src.bna.com/p2g

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