USPS updates FAQs on specific RIF notices due to be mailed tomorrow

In advance of the mailing tomorrow of Specific Reduction in Force notices tomorrow, the US Postal Service has updated its Organizational Redesign FAQs with additional information on those notices. The following items were added today. Needless to say, this information may change, so if you are the recipient of a Specific RIF Notice, be sure to visit the official USPS page.

THIS SECTION ADDRESSES SPECIFIC RIF NOTICE QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE 2011 REDESIGN. FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, CLICK ON THE ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE/RIF FAQS (GENERAL FAQS).

21. I received a May 27, 2011 Specific RIF Notice that states that I will be assigned to another position. When does this new position become effective? Can I apply for other positions during the job posting period that begins on June 14? (Added 05/26/2011)

Assignment to your new position as stated in the May 27, 2011 Specific RIF Notice—either a demotion to a lower-grade position or a reassignment to a same-grade position—will be effective on September 10, 2011, which marks the end of the 2011 Organizational Redesign process.

A PS Form 50 effecting your RIF assignment on September 10, 2011 will be processed and mailed out in mid-September. However, you may be expected to begin performing the duties of your RIF assignment prior to the September 10 effective date. Managers will discuss these details with their respective employees.

Jobs will be posted in eCareer beginning on June 14, 2011. If you meet the eligibility requirements indicated in a job posting, you can apply. If you are selected for a position, a PS Form 50 specifying the new position and effective date will be processed.

22. I received a May 27, 2011 Specific RIF Notice that states that I did not receive an assignment and will be separated. When does this separation become effective? Can I apply for positions during the job posting period that begins on June 14? (Added 05/26/2011)

Your separation will become effective close of business on September 9, 2011.

Jobs will be posted in eCareer beginning on June 14, 2011. If you meet the eligibility requirements indicated in a job posting, you can apply. If you are selected for a position, a PS Form 50 specifying the new position and effective date will be processed.

23. I didn’t receive a May 27, 2011 Specific RIF Notice. Why not? Can I apply for positions during the job posting period that begins on June 14? (Added 05/26/2011)

Based on information available at the time, the RIF process was conducted in May as necessary in competitive areas impacted by the 2011 Organizational Redesign. Then, Specific RIF Notices were generated and sent on May 27, 2011 to the following categories of employees:

* employees who did not receive an assignment;
* employees who received a demotion to a lower-grade position; and
* employees who received a reassignment to a same-grade position.

If you did not fall within one of the three categories of employees identified above, you were not sent a Specific RIF Notice.

Jobs will be posted in eCareer beginning on June 14, 2011. If you meet the eligibility requirements indicated in a job posting, you can apply. If you are selected for a position, a PS Form 50 specifying the new position and effective date will be processed.

24. If I didn’t receive a May 27, 2011 Specific RIF Notice, is it possible for me later to receive one? If I did receive a May 27, 2011 Specific RIF Notice, is it possible for the result stated in the notice to later change? (Added 05/26/2011)

After the mailing of the Specific RIF Notices on May 27, 2011 and on or before the RIF effective date at the close of business on September 9, 2011, circumstances can change in a competitive area—for example, an employee’s preference eligibility status—that changes the impact of the RIF process on one or more of the competitive area’s employees. Therefore, it is possible for an employee who was not sent a May 27 Specific RIF Notice to later be sent one. It is also possible for an employee’s May 27 Specific RIF Notice to later be amended to provide a different result, or to be rescinded.

* Note: Please be aware that if you choose an April 30th effective date, you may experience a delay in receipt of your first interim annuity payment from OPM due to the short processing time involved.