As President Trump and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt were announcing the decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate change accord, the EPA reportedly distributed an internal memo to all agency employees asking staff members to voluntarily resign in exchange for a buyout, reported by Reuters on Thursday.
The EPA has said it is aiming to complete the buyout program by the end of the fiscal year in September.
“Early outs and buy outs…can help us realign our workforce to meet changing mission requirements and move toward new models of work,” reads the memo sent by acting Deputy Administrator Mike Flynn.
“The authority encourages voluntary separations and helps the Agency complete workforce restructuring with minimal disruption to the workforce,” it added.
The Hill adds:
Officials wrote in a memo earlier this month that they were setting aside $12 million for employee buyouts as part of a workforce restructuring proposal.
Trump’s 2018 budget proposed major cuts across several government agencies, with a $2.6 billion or 31 percent cut to the EPA – the largest cut for any Cabinet-level agency – and the elimination of 3,200 of the agency’s 15,000 jobs.