Q. My agency offered buyouts and the several folks who put in for them were turned down based on operational and/or financial reasons. Is this normal practice? It has happened twice in the past 12 months.
A. Turning down employees who would like a buyout isn’t uncommon. The whole idea of offering them is to encourage people who are surplus to the agency’s needs to leave. An agency would be foolish to offer a buyout to someone whose services it does need. And if money is short, an agency might limit the offers it makes.