An Office of Personnel Management branch that provides training to other agencies is cutting more than half of its workforce because of falling revenues.
Human Resources Solutions, which describes its mission as helping agencies to develop leaders and build a high quality workforce, sent out reduction-in-force notices Jan. 23 to more than 350 full-time and intermittent employees. The RIF takes effect March 28; as part of the downsizing, Human Resources Solutions will abolish a nationwide testing program and scale back other programs to meet agencies’ “current and future human capital needs,” Associate Director Joseph Kennedy said in a statement.
The branch is financed entirely by payments from other agencies channeled through OPM’s revolving fund, according to the Office of Management and Budget. As funding tightens, the government is hiring fewer people and reducing spending on training, Kennedy said. “Many of our human capital management services focus on recruiting, hiring and workforce development, areas that have been hit hard by budget cuts in recent years.”
The looming RIF was first reported by Federal News Radio. With a workforce of almost 700, Human Resources Solutions is abolishing 356 filled positions —81 full-time and 275 intermittent — and another 28 jobs that are currently vacant. To help affected employees, OPM has been working with the American Federation of Government Employees to help with career coaching, job placement and resume and interview preparation, Kennedy said.