The Air Force may have to lay off some employees to help meet its fiscal 2012 budget cut targets.
About 60 Air Force installations have implemented reduction-in-force authority, the Air Force said Wednesday.
The 2012 budget required the Air Force to cut more than 16,000 civilian positions, but it so far has cut only about 15,000.
In its announcement, the Air Force stressed that RIF authorities will give the installations more flexibilities to move employees whose positions will be eliminated into other jobs at their current location, and still retain their grade and pay. The RIF procedures also allow employees who cannot immediately be placed in local vacancies to be placed in a Priority Placement Program.
But the Air Force did not rule out the possibility of layoffs for employees who cannot be placed in other jobs.
“Usually a reduction in force has [a] negative perception, but the use of RIF procedures will allow many employees to be retained and continue employment with the Air Force,” said Brig. Gen. Gina Grosso, the Air Force’s director of force management policy. “We want to assure everyone involved with this process that we remain committed to minimizing the impacts during these times of transition.”
These workforce cuts are separate from the sequester budget cuts at the Defense Department and other agencies, the Air Force said.