organizational factors (separate operation, work function, staff, and personnel managementauthority); and
geographical location factors.The most current listing of competitive areas is found in the Postal Bulletin, which is referenced on theOrganizational Changeswebsite(https://liteblue.usps.gov/humanresources/organizationalchanges/oc_home.shtml?).During the RIF process, employees in a competitive area may be assigned to positions only within theircompetitive area.
7. How will I be notified that I will be assigned to a different position or separated due to the RIFprocess?
If you will be separated, demoted, or reassigned to a different position at the same level as your currentposition, you will be notified in a Specific RIF Notice that will be sent to you by certified mail.
8. If I am notified that I am an employee potentially impacted by the organizational change in mycompetitive area, what opportunities do I have to find another Postal Service position?
The RIF avoidance-minimization strategies applicable to your organizational change may include one ormore opportunities for employees to apply for posted jobs. If so, you will be provided information describingthose opportunities, including the Organizational Change Timeline and At-A-Glance posted on theOrganizational Changes website if your competitive area is involved in a national or other majororganizational change. Some examples are listed below. These may or may not be a feature of the RIFavoidance-minimization strategies applicable to any one organizational change:
Job postings within your competitive area only.
Job postings throughout the area undergoing RIF avoidance-minimization, not just the competitivearea.
After voluntary early retirement (VER). VER eligible employees who accept the VER increase thenumber of possible landing spots for potentially impacted, non-VER eligible employees.
Residual postings of vacancies, which may occur under the regular posting process.
9. If I apply for a job posting in my competitive area or in a different competitive area during a RIFavoidance-minimization period, am selected for the position, and then am placed into the position, isit possible for me to lose my new position before the organizational change process concludes?
If the RIF process was conducted in the competitive area where your new position is located before youwere placed into the position, you will not lose your new position before the organizational change processconcludes.If the RIF process was conducted in the competitive area where your new position is located after you wereplaced into the position, it is possible for you to lose your new position if a preference eligible employee hasthe right to be assigned to that position during the RIF process.