Federal Downsizing: Delayed Buyout Policy at DOE Is Unauthorized

T-GGD/OGC-96-132: Jun 11, 1996

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GAO discussed the legality of the Department of Energy's (DOE) delayed buyout policy. GAO noted that: (1) unless it was necessary to delay an employee's separation to ensure performance of an agency's mission, buyout legislation limits eligibility for buyouts to employees who separated prior to April 1, 1995; and (2) the Secretary of Energy improperly approved buyouts for agency employees after the legislatively mandated deadline; and (3) its interpretation of the act is consistent with Office of Management guidance.