VA OIT could face GS-15 retirement crunch

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A majority of the senior general schedule employees within the Veterans Affairs Department office of information technology will be eligible to retire by 2016, says an internal OIT report obtained by FierceGovernmentIT through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The October 2011 report (.pdf) says that as of September 2011, 145 employees with the rank of GS-15 serve within OIT and that 61 percent of them will be eligible to retire in the period between 2012 and 2016.

The rates of retirement among GS-15s within OIT eligible for it have significantly increased in recent years, going from 15 and 16 percent in fiscals 2009 and 2010, respectively, to 32 percent in fiscal 2011.

The actual number of GS-15s retiring has likewise increased, going up to 14 in 2011 from 7 in 2009 and 2010.

The number of GS-15s within OIT has oscillated between 141 and 158 from 2008 through September 2011; OIT increased its number of GS-15s dramatically in 2008 to 141 from the previous year's number of 99.

The greatest number of GS-15s in September 2011, 56, were assigned to service delivery and engineering, and the next-greatest, 43, were assigned to product development.

For more:
- download the report, "Leadership Pipeline: The SES and GS-1S Cadres at a Glance" (.pdf)

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