Status Report

NASA HQ Internal Memo: Headquarters Buyout/Early Out Update

By SpaceRef Editor
November 17, 2005
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Point of Contact: Brenda Spicer, Headquarters Human Resources Management, (202) 358-1561

Headquarters Buyout/Early Out Update

The Headquarters Buyout/Early Out opportunity for employees is currently scheduled to open the week of Dec. 5, 2005, with employees accepting the buyout to be off the rolls by Jan. 3, 2005. We are finalizing several steps, as outlined below, to effect a successful buyout and to ensure that employees are fully informed of the opportunities to participate.

Recently, at the Institutional Requirements Review all-hands meeting, we announced that the Headquarters Buyout/Early Out would open Nov. 22, 2005. Organizations were provided a very short timeframe to review and update their competency needs based on the results of the Institutional Requirements Review.

The Headquarters Human Resources Management Division is currently working with organizations to ensure that the data in the Workforce Information Management System and the Competency Management System accurately reflects the competency requirements across headquarters. A comprehensive analysis is underway to determine the surplus competencies at headquarters. Once this step is completed a buyout plan will be submitted to the Office of Human Capital Management for approval.

As noted earlier, we are now targeting the week of Dec. 5, 2005, to open the buyout at headquarters. The buyout window will be short, and employees will still be required to be off the rolls by Jan. 3, 2006.

Upon approval of a buyout plan, a Headquarters Buyout/Early Out announcement will be issued, and individuals in positions that are identified with a surplus competency will be specifically notified with guidance and instructions for applying for the buyout. In the meantime, if you wish to have a preliminary retirement and/or separation incentive estimate, please contact Jocelyn Harris on 358-1275 for a Retirement/Separation Incentive Calculation Form.  Once the estimate is completed, you will be contacted for an appointment.

If you have any questions regarding the buyout, please send an e-mail to, and a response will be incorporated into a Buyout Frequently Asked Questions, which will be released within the next couple of weeks.

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SpaceRef staff editor.