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Federal News Radio:  Beginning with the release of the president’s budget proposal, federal workers have been talking and worrying about downsizing. It is a reasonable concern. While worrying may be OK for some folks, others want to know more. They want to know what their rights are in a RIF, what to expect if their agency decides to offer Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments (VSIP) and Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA), otherwise known as buyouts and early retirement.

I am going to answer some of those questions, but I also want to share some information about what you can do now to have a bit more control over your own circumstances.