Q: I am an Air Force AFMC civilian employee and I plan to retire by Sept. 30. I have been holding my application pending AFMC’s possibility of offering buyout incentives (VSIP) to eligible retirees. Do I have to wait until a VSIP is offered before I submit my retirement application to OPM?
A: Yes. The purpose of a buyout incentive is to encourage employees to retire, not to reward those who have decided and submitted retirement papers.