A message from Director Pier Oddone
Today, May 3, 2012, I am announcing a self-select voluntary separation program (SSVSP) to bring our staffing levels into balance with funding expected for the next few years. This is not a step that I am taking lightly, and it is a last resort after we have significantly reduced spending in many other areas.
Prospects for the lab’s future funding look better than they did in February, thanks to recent Congressional actions. These actions by the House and Senate restored some funding to our budget for the next fiscal year, which allows us to minimize the size of the workforce reduction. We still expect to receive an overall reduction starting October 1, however, and anticipate that tight budgets will continue as the federal government continues to confront large budget deficits. I must take the necessary but very unfortunate step of reducing the size of our workforce by about 80 employees.
All regular Fermilab employees will be able to apply for the SSVSP; laboratory management will evaluate all applications based on the requirements of the current and future programs. Criteria for acceptance may include the laboratory’s need for an employee’s skills taking into account retraining possibilities, the number of individuals with the required skills, whether or not the position will need to be filled following the departure of an employee, and documented individual performance. If fewer than 80 employees apply for and are accepted into the SSVSP, we may carry out an involuntary separation phase.
More information on the program can be found on this website, including a timeline for the SSVSP process, highlights of the program, questions and answers and a downloadable package of materials including an application form.