January 30, 2004


MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTION

SUBJECT: Allocations and Reporting Requirements on Voluntary Separation
 Incentive Pay and Voluntary Early Retirement Authority



On January 29, 2004, the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) delegated to the Major Army Command commanders and the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army authority to approve voluntary separation incentive pay (VSIP) and voluntary early retirement authority (VERA) for employees up to the GS-15 level (or equivalent). This authority may be redelegated to the lowest practicable level, but not lower than the local commander or activity head.

The DoD memorandum, National Security Personnel System - Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay (VSIP) and Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA) Policy, dated December 30, 2003, allocates to the Department of Army 7,722 buyouts for FY04. These allocations are distributed as follows:



MACOM ALLOCATION
U. S. Army Material Command 1,293
U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command 226
U.S. Army Medical Command 166
U.S. Army Forces Command 18
U.S. Corps of Engineers 520
Admin Assistant to the Secretary 1,950
U.S. Army, Europe & Seventh Army 0
Eighth, U.S. Army Seoul Korea 0
U.S. Army Pacific 105
Military Surface Deployment and Distribution 75
U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command 0
U.S. Army Special Operations Command 32
U.S. Army Intelligence & Security Command 0
U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command 40
U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command 4
U.S. Army Reserve Personnel Command 0
HQ, U.S. Southern Command 5


The remainder of the allocations will be held in abeyance for MACOMs who need additional buyouts further in the year. For those MACOMs unable to utilize their total allocations, you need to notify the Assistant G-1, Policy and Program Development Division as quickly as possible so these allocations may be redistributed.

MACOMs are responsible for reporting the usage of their VSIP allocations and VERA approvals quarterly. Please provide your numbers to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, Policy and Program Development Division, ATTN: DAPE-CP-PPE, 200 Stovall Street, Suite 1160, Alexandria, Virginia 22332-0300. You will be notified when the first report is due.

Enclosed is a copy of the DoD guidance and procedures pertaining to VERA and VSIP. Compliance of these regulations is mandatory.

My point of contact for this issue is Beth Helmer, who can be reached at Elizabeth.helmer@(email address expired) or DSN 221-9974/(703) 325-9947.

FOR THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, G-1:



/signed by Ann McFadden for/
David L. Snyder
Assistant G-1 for Civilian
Personnel Policy


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

US ARMY MEDICAL COMMAND
US MILITARY ENTRANCE PROCESSING COMMAND
US ARMY SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
US ARMY INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY COMMAND
US ARMY SPACE AND MISSILE DEFENSE COMMAND

CF:
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)
OFFICE OF THE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL, ATTN: DAJA-LE (MS. NUGENT)