NASA offered buyout packages to employees at its Washington headquarters and four of its field centers, including 120 workers at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., all of whom took the deal, The Huntsville Times reported Nov. 14.
Also offered buyouts were 150 employees at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, 150 at Johnson Space Center in Houston, 50 at Ames Research Center in California and 50 at headquarters in Washington. The packages offered in Washington and Florida were worth up to $25,000 each. No numbers were available on the Huntsville packages, but they were likely the same.
Marshall is NASA’s third-largest field center, with about 2,500 civil service positions. The buyout offers there coincided with an overall restructuring in the wake of the space shuttle’s retirement this summer.