NASA Offers Buyout, Early Retirement at Goddard to ‘Meet Changing Mission Requirements’

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NASA has offered a buyout and early-out incentive program to 117 eligible positions at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., according to an agency email.

Agency officials said they designed the workforce restructure plan to “successfully meet changing mission requirements.”

The agency said applications for the incentive must be turned in by July 20, while the actual retirements will take place between Aug. 1 and Oct. 3.

According to a Federal News Radio report, NASA limited the buyout option to certain eligible categories, including the Sciences and Exploration Directorate and the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate, to prevent skill imbalances.

Positions with workforce surplus or fund cuts also qualified for the incentive plan.

The agency will also restrict actual buyouts within each eligible category to prevent exceeding the intended number of applicants for the incentives.

If there are a surplus of applications, NASA officials will determine eligibility for the program based on the length of federal service, whereas buyout amounts will depend on the employee’s years of service, age and salary.

Some recent contracting and development activity at Goddard:

  • The Goddard Flight Center is building a replacement for the Hubble Teloscope.
  • Northrop Grumman built a tower for the deployment of the Webb Teloscope.
  • Goddard awarded $450 million contract for Space, Earth Systems and Operations Support.

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