Q. Where are all these early retirement/buyouts happening? I’m definitely not seeing them in my department at the VA — we haven’t had widespread early retirement/buyout authority since the 1990s!
A. VERAs and VSIPs are only offered when an agency is undergoing substantial restructuring, reshaping, downsizing, transfer of function, or reorganization, and has approval from OPM to do that. If your agency isn’t facing any of these problems, it won’t need to ask OPM for that authority.