January 29, 2004


MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTION

SUBJECT: National Security Personnel System - Voluntary Separation
 Incentive Pay (VSIP) and Voluntary Early Retirement Authority
 (VERA)



On December 30, 2003, the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy delegated to the Component Heads authority to approve early retirement and voluntary separation incentives for employees occupying positions up to the GS-15 level (or equivalent) and approve nonappropriated fund separation incentive pay. I delegate this authority to the Major Army Command commanders and the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army who, in turn, may redelegate to the lowest practicable level, but not lower than the local installation commander or activity head.

Guidance on allocations and reporting requirements will be forthcoming from the Office of the Assistant G-1, Policy and Program Development Division.



//original signed//
Reginald J. Brown
Assistant Secretary of the Army
(Manpower and Reserve Affairs)


Enclosures



DISTRIBUTION:
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY

COMMANDER
US ARMY EUROPE AND SEVENTH ARMY
EIGHTH US ARMY
US ARMY FORCES COMMAND
US ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND
US ARMY TRAINING AND DOCTRINE COMMAND
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
US ARMY PACIFIC
MILITARY SURFACE DEPLOYMENT AND DISTRIBUTION COMMAND
US ARMY CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION COMMAND

COMMANDER
US ARMY MEDICAL COMMAND
US ARMY SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
US ARMY INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY COMMAND
US ARMY SPACE AND MISSILE DEFENSE COMMAND

CF:
DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, G-1
SUPERINTENDENT, US MILITARY ACADEMY

DIRECTOR
U.S.ARMY INSTALLATION MANAGEMENT AGENCY
CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES AGENCY
CIVILIAN HR REGION, EUROPE
CIVILIAN HR REGION, SOUTHWEST
CIVILIAN HR REGION, PACIFIC
CIVILIAN HR REGION, NORTHEAST
CIVILIAN HR REGION, SOUTH CENTRAL
CIVILIAN HR REGION, NORTH CENTRAL
CIVILIAN HR, REGION KOREA
CIVILIAN HR REGION, WEST
CIVILIAN PERSONNEL EVALUATION AGENCY

OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL, ATTN: SAGC (MS. JOHNSON)