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TACOM ISSUES STATEMENT ON REDUCTION IN FORCE

 WARREN, Mich., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released by U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command (TACOM):
 U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command may lose an estimated 276 of its 4,361 government jobs as a result of a reduction in force announced today by Headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Alexandria, Va.
 Two windows of opportunity for Voluntary Separation Incentives Pay (VSIP) and Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA) were opened from March 8, 1993, through April 9, 1993, and May 3 through July 3, 1993. Of the 432 employees who accepted VSIP/VERA, 320 retired and 112 resigned. To further reduce the impact of RIF, the VSIP/VERA window will be reopened from Aug. 3, 1993, to Jan. 3, 1994.
 Approximately 228 employees may be involuntarily separated from federal service by Jan. 8, 1994. The remaining affected employees are expected to leave voluntarily through retirement or other attrition. If these personnel departures do not occur as projected, the involuntary separations could increase. All possible placement efforts are being made to help affected employees.
 These estimates are based on current and projected funding shortfalls and resulting funded workload reductions.
 This action is expected to save the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command an estimated $11.6 million annually.
 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
 Q1. Why is the reduction in force (RIF) going to take place?
 A1. The RIF is necessary due to current and projected funding shortfalls and resulting funding workload reductions.
 Q2. How many civilian employees will actually be involuntarily separated as a result of this action?
 A2. It is projected that approximately 228 civilian employees will be involuntarily separated as a result of this action. Prior to this proposed reduction, the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command (TACOM) reduced the impact by opening two windows of opportunity for eligible employees to take Voluntary Separation Incentives Pay (VSIP) and/or Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA) from March 8, 1993, through April 3, 1993, and May 3, 1993, through July 3, 1993. Of the 432 employees who accepted VSIP/VERA, 320 retired and 112 resigned.
 Q3. When will the affected employees be notified that their jobs have been eliminated?
 A3. TACOM will officially notify each affected permanent employee on/about Aug. 30, 1993.
 Q4. What will happen to the remaining employees?
 A4. The remaining employees may continue to work in their present jobs, be assigned to different jobs at TACOM or other federal activities, or leave through normal attrition.
 Q5. What will be done for employees who actually lose their jobs?
 A5. Permanent employees separated as a result of this reduction will be given maximum assistance in continuing their careers as employees of the Department of Defense, other federal agencies or in the private sector.
 Q6. What kind of assistance?
 A6. Employees will be assisted through programs such as the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program, Defense Outplacement Referral Service, Army Career and Alumni Program, and the Office of Personnel Management Displaced Employee Program. In addition, TACOM will provide transitional services such as training on resume preparation and interviewing techniques, job search assistance, and personal counseling.
 Q7. Who decided which positions were to be eliminated?
 A7. TACOM managers decided which positions would be eliminated based upon mission needs, workload, and resource guidance.
 Q8. What will be done to comply with the potential socio-economic and environmental impacts with regard to this RIF?
 A8. There will be no significant socio-economic or environmental impact as a result of this RIF.
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 /CONTACT: Brenda Lewis of TACOM Public Affairs, 313-574-5663/


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