110 STAT. 3009 -273 PUBLIC LAW 104-208—SEPT. 30, 1996 (2) the term "employee" means an employee (as defined by section 2105 of title 5, United States Code) who is employed by an agency, is serving under an appointment without time limitation, and has been currently employed for a continuous period of at least 3 years, but does not include— (A) a reemployed annuitant under subchapter III of chapter 83 or chapter 84 of title 5, United States Code, or another retirement system for employees of the agency; (B) an employee having a disability on the basis of which such employee is or would be eligible for disability retirement under subchapter III of chapter 83 or chapter 84 of title 5, United States Code, or another retirement system for employees of the agency; (C) an employee who is in receipt of a specific notice of involuntary separation for misconduct or unacceptable performance; (D) an employee who, upon completing an additional period of service as referred to in section 3(b)(2)(B)(ii) of the Federal Workforce Restructuring Act of 1994 (5 U.S.C. 5597 note), would qualify for a voluntary separation incentive payment under section 3 of such Act; (E) an employee who has previously received any voluntary separation incentive payment by the Federal Government under this section or any other authority and has not repaid such payment; (F) an employee covered by statutory reemployment rights who is on transfer to another organization; or (G) any employee who, during the twenty-four-month period preceding the date of separation, has received a recruitment or relocation bonus under section 5753 of title 5, United States Code, or who, within the twelve-month period preceding the date of separation, received a retention allowance under section 5754 of title 5, United States Code. (b) AGENCY STRATEGIC PLAN. — (1) IN GENERAL.— The three-member Railroad Retirement Board, prior to obligating any resources for voluntary separation incentive payments, shall submit to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations and the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight of the House of Representatives a strategic plan outlining the intended use of such incentive payments and a proposed organizational chart for the agency once such incentive payments have been completed. (2) CONTENTS.— The agency's plan shall include— (A) the positions and functions to be reduced or eliminated, identified by organizational unit, geographic location, occupational category and grade level; (B) the number and amounts of voluntary separation incentive payments to be offered; and (C) a description of how the agency will operate without the eliminated positions and functions. (c) AUTHORITY To PROVIDE VOLUNTARY SEPARATION INCENTIVE PAYMENTS.— (1) IN GENERAL.—^A voluntary separation incentive payment under this section may be paid by an agency to any employee only to the extent necessary to eliminate the positions and functions identified by the strategic plan.
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