Voluntary Separation Incentive Program (VSIP)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 1:30pm

Details of the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program (VSIP) were communicated to state cabinet agencies April 4, 2017. An informational session for administrative personnel from participating state agencies was held on April 13. Three informational sessions have been held for employees working in the state agencies that have elected to participate in this program. 

 If you have questions about the VSIP, please contact your employing agency's HR office, HRMS at 701.328.3290 or NDPERS at 701.328.3900.

  • State government faces the unprecedented challenge of a $1.5 billion revenue shortfall that already has necessitated substantial budget cuts and FTE reductions.
  • After careful consideration and with the governor’s support, some executive agency heads have decided to offer a Voluntary Separation Incentive Program (VSIP).
  • This program provides a voluntary separation option for employees who may be considering a career change or retirement, or simply want to pursue other opportunities, while also limiting the non-voluntary reductions in force that may be necessary.
  • This program can position agencies to move forward during lean budget times while still maintaining appropriate levels of service.
  • Eleven cabinet-level agencies are participating in the program: Office of Management and Budget, Department of Financial Institutions, Department of Health (except for the Environmental Health Section), Department of Human Services, Securities Department, Workforce Safety and Insurance, Highway Patrol, Adjutant General, Department of Commerce, Indian Affairs Commission and Parks and Recreation Department. The governor’s office also is participating.
  • Those 11 agencies and the governor’s office have a combined total of 3,602 FTE positions, out of a total of 6,285 FTE positions across all 17 executive agencies.
  • In deciding how many VSIP requests to accept, participating agencies will have to consider their budget needs and the nature/location of the positions within the agency in order to maintain levels of service.
  • It’s unknown how many employees will express interest in the VSIP and how many requests will be accepted, and there isn't a “target” number for reductions. Before the VSIP deadline, agency heads will know their budget levels and have a better idea of how many VSIP requests they may need to accept.
  • No money is being added to budgets for the VSIP. Agencies must find the incentive dollars within their existing budgets.