Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. – The lead contractor at Arnold Air Force Base, Aerospace Testing Alliance (ATA), announced last week it will offer a voluntary reduction in force (VRIF) to its employees this week.
The VRIF allows interested employees to voluntarily request a layoff, often meaning the company faces fewer involuntary or forced layoffs. Budget and skill mix issues are the reasons for the VRIF.
ATA General Manager Steve Pearson says it is too early to know if there will be an involuntary layoff later in the year.
“We are better off than we thought we would be at this point, but it is too early to declare victory,” he said. “Over the next month or so as we learn more about the FY13 (Fiscal Year 2013) workload and staffing requirements, we will keep you (the ATA workforce) informed as the picture continues to clear.”
ATA employs 1,850 people. •