Letterhead of the Assistant Secretary of Defense
15 APR 1996

SUBJECT: Voluntary Reduction in Force

The FY 1996 National Defense Authorization Act contains several provisions that are aimed at streamlining the civilian personnel process and assisting our employees during this period of downsizing.

One provision, Section 1034, allows the Department to implement a temporary program of voluntary reduction in force separations. Attached is the final policy guidance which is effective immediately. As you implement these policies, we encourage you to communicate and cooperate with representatives from your labor and employee organization(s).

We will apprise you of other initiatives as implementing guidance is developed.

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Diane M. Disney
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Civilian Personnel Policy

Attachment: As stated