By Skip Vaughn, USAG RedstoneJuly 27, 2011
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Some 218 AMCOM workers applied for Voluntary Early Retirement Authority/Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay by the July 15 deadline.
“All the managers received their list of VERA/VSIP applicants 15 July,” Karen Bandera, director of human resources for the Aviation and Missile Command, said. “From there they’ll have to make their recommendations whether or not to recommend approval based on the cuts they received.”
The Aviation and Missile Command faces a loss of 272 job positions in fiscal 2012 but no reduction in force is anticipated.
For each applicant for a separation bonus, managers were asked to base their recommendations for approval or disapproval on whether the position is associated with a potential cut within that organization. The recommendations were due back last week to AMCOM G-1 (Human Resources). G-1 in turn would ensure the applicant’s eligibility by working with G-8 (Resource Management). They also get input from the Equal Employment Opportunity Office.
“Once all that analysis is done, we sit down with (AMCOM deputy commander Ronnie Chronister), go through what the recommendations are and then he will decide yes or no,” Bandera said.
Applicants should learn Aug. 8 whether they are approved to receive up to $25,000 for leaving the government and they must be off the employment rolls by Sept. 30. But a given applicant may not learn until after Aug. 8 because a waiver may be needed from headquarters Army Materiel Command for his or her mission critical occupation.
AMCOM commander Maj. Gen. Jim Rogers discussed the job cuts during the command’s town hall June 20 which filled the 650-seat Bob Jones Auditorium. The planned reductions come from headquarters Army Materiel Command, which faces cuts throughout AMC.
“It’s all about the money,” Bandera said.