Workforce Downsizing and Restructuring in the Department of Defense: The Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment Program Versus Involuntary Separation

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This report assesses the cost-effectiveness of using the Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) program — a downsizing tool available to U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) personnel managers — to reduce the size of the DoD civilian workforce, in conjunction with or instead of imposing involuntary separations. It also considers how the amount and structure of VSIP could be improved.