Hundreds of employees at regional offices for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be offered incentive packages to leave the agency as a result of ongoing budget cuts. Over the next few months, each regional office will develop plans for reducing the workforce through early retirements and buyouts, in which the worker would be offered $25,000 to leave. Agency officials hope to restructure the workforce by reducing some higher-paid positions in order to make way for more entry-level employees. The changes would also result in a smaller workforce.


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