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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Pine Bluff Chemical Activity Announces Reduction in Force

July 14, 2011

By Raini Brunson

Pine Bluff Arsenal, Ark. - The Pine Bluff Chemical Activity (PBCA) announced today that a Reduction in Force of its workforce will occur July 16, 2011.

PBCA, a subordinate unit of the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency and a tenant organization on Pine Bluff Arsenal, will eliminate 79 positions as a result of the safe destruction of the Pine Bluff chemical weapons stockpile. Due to attrition, transition planning efforts, and the success of the Priority Placement Program, PBCA has been able to reduce the number of involuntary separations to less than 14.

Only government civilian positions are being affected by this Reduction in Force. Reductions to the contractor’s workforce are being handled under separate actions. Notices for the Reduction in Force were given to affected employees March 16, 2011, providing them with 120 days notice, which is double the 60-day notice required by federal law.

After the Reduction in Force, 78 positions will remain at PBCA. Remaining positions will support the closure mission which involves activities such as transfer of property, closure of permits, archival of records, and tear-down and clean-up of the disposal facility.

Once closure activities are complete, a second Reduction in Force will be conducted to eliminate the remaining positions. The second Reduction in Force is tentatively scheduled for late 2012.

The Reductions in Force will not affect the major mission areas on the Arsenal.

PBCA continues to work closely with the Arsenal and the Chemical Materials Agency to reduce the impact of Reductions in Force. A transition office opened in the fall of 2009 to provide employees with retirement, benefits and career counseling.

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