Q. I am an Air Force AFMC civilian employee and am planning to retire by Sept. 30. I have been holding my application pending AFMC’s possibility of offering buyout incentives (VSIP) to eligible retirees. My question is, do I have to wait until a VSIP is actually 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 already made up their mind and submitted their retirement papers..