PUBLIC LAW 102-484—OCT. 23, 1992 106 STAT. 2723 Management, shall publish a register of the skill training programs carried out by the Department of Defense. The register shall— (1) include a list of the skill training programs; (2) provide information on the location of such programs, the training provided under such programs, and the number of persons who may receive training under such programs; and (3) identify the programs that provide training in skills that are useful to employees in the civilian work force. SEC. 4436. SEPARATION PAY. (a) IN GENERAL.— (1) Subchapter IX of chapter 55 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
- § 5597. Separation pay
"(a) For the purpose of this section— "(1) the term 'Secretary* means the Secretary of Defense; "(2) the term 'defense agency* means an agency of the Department of Defense, as further defined under regulations prescribed by the Secretary; and "(3) the term 'employee' means an employee of a defense agency, serving under an appointment without time limitation, who has been currently employed for a continuous period of at least 12 months, except that such term does not include— "(A) a reemployed annuitant under subchapter III of chapter 83, chapter 84, or another retirement system for employees of the Government; or "(B) an employee having a disability on the basis of which such employee is or would be eligible for disability retirement under any of the retirement systems referred to in subparagraph (A). "(b) In order to avoid or minimize the need for involimtary separations due to a reduction in force, base closure, reorganization, transfer of function, or other similar action affecting 1 or more defense agencies, the Secretary shall establish a program under which sepcuration pay may be offered to encourage eligible employees to separate from service voluntarily (whether by retirement or resignation). "(c) Under the program, separation pay may be offered by a defense agency only— "(1) with the prior consent, or on the authority, of the Secretary; and "(2) to employees within such occupational groups or geographic locations, or subject to such other similar limitations or conditions, as the Secretary may require.
- (d) Such separation pay—
"(1) shall be paid in a lump sum; "(2) shall be equal to the lesser of— "(A) an amount equal to the amount the emjployee would be entitled to receive under section 5595(c) if the employee were entitled to payment under such section; or "(B) $25,000; "(3) shall not be a basis for pa3anent, and shall not be included in the computation, of any other type of Government benefit; and 59-194 O—93 30: QL 3 (Pt. 3)