The Air Force is now willing to pay bonuses of tens of thousands of dollars to retain airmen in 92 separate high-demand fields.
The governmentwide average time to hire new employees has creep up slightly every year since 2012.
Agencies offered special payment authorities, such as retention incentives or student loan repayments, to less than 6 percent of the federal workforce between fiscal 2014 and 2016, according to a new study from the Government Accountability Office.
Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson wrote to Congress this week, asking that it begin work immediately to repeal cuts to the agency’s award and incentive spending. Congress cut VA’s performance bonus budget by about 20 percent next year to cover opioid-addiction treatment programs for veterans.