The Environmental Protection Agency will continue an external hiring freeze and begin offering early buyouts to employees as part of a plan to reducing its workforce.
Acting Deputy Administrator Mike Flynn in an April 17 memo to regional administrators and other top agency officials said given the agency’s current resources and in light of President Trump’s executive order to immediately reduce and streamline the federal workforce, EPAs own reduction plans will be completed by the end of fiscal year 2017.
“In light of [Office Management and Budget] guidance, we will begin the steps necessary to initiate an early out/ buyout (VERA/VSIP) program,” Flynn wrote in the memo.
He asked for patience as the details of the guidance are worked out.
EPA has about 15,000 employees a part of its workforce.