Q & A Session – Reduction in Force


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


What factors go into reduction in force (“RIF”) decisions? 


OPM regulations require agencies to give effect to four factors when releasing employees as part of a reduction in force (“RIF”).

  1. Tenure of employment;
  2. Veterans’ preference;
  3. Length of service; and
  4. Performance ratings.

The regulatory requirements for a RIF may found in 5 CFR Part 351. 

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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