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Possible layoffs at Blue Grass Army Depot

During a special Town Hall Meeting on Monday the Blue Grass Army Depot notified its workforce that a Reduction in Force may be necessary to balance the workforce with a shrinking workload. Current projections for fiscal year 2013 and 2014 shows the Depot would only need a workforce of roughly 300. Any official Reduction in Force would require Congressional approval.

A news release says the Blue Grass Army Depot is attempting to reduce the impact of a possible Reduction in Force through normal attrition, hiring controls, and the use of voluntary retirement and voluntary separation incentive pay. It is also pursuing Public Private Partnership work and funding streams to help reduce the financial impact and possible Reduction in Force.

BGAD will open a transition office to provide employees with a one-stop source of information and assistance. The transition office will provide information and assistance on local Job Opportunities, the Priority Placement Program, Army and DoD job placement programs, available job re-training, tuition assistance, resume development and job searches.

BGAD’s civilian workforce underwent a significant increase between 2007 and 2010. This increase was primarily due to the Depot standing up an Industrial Capability to support the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected program and to support Military Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

With the end of conflict in the Middles East and the termination of the MRAP and related programs, the Depot says the Army does not have the workload to maintain the current workforce levels.

The Depot says it will maintain the strict security posture for the safe and secure storage of the stockpile of chemical weapons stored at the Richmond facility.

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