Possible RIF's effects on workers


Q. I work at an airport as an air traffic controller for the FAA. The airport is not very busy with commercial traffic, and I am curious what the FAA would do with me if they shut down the air traffic control tower where I work at because of inactivity. If there were a reduction in force for air traffic controllers in the FAA, would they base it on our service computation date?

A. You can start your education by going to http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/reductions-in-force. There you can find out how a retention register is set up, where you would fit on it and what the possible options would be. Among them, reassignment, relocation, separation or retirement.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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