The Federal Trade Commission is preparing to make early retirement offers to some of its longtime employees, according to people with knowledge of the discussions, giving FTC Chair Lina Khan the opportunity to fill the ranks with people aligned with the dramatic shift she is overseeing at the 107-year-old agency.
Early retirement offers at federal agencies are somewhat routine, and longtime government employees who are already considering retiring sometimes welcome them. But the current discussions have raised questions among some at the agency, coming just as the FTC says it is so busy with merger reviews that it doesn’t have the time to review every deal in the legally mandated 30-day period. Reducing staff further—until it hires replacements—could undercut the commission’s ability to handle merger reviews. To be sure, the FTC has not yet made the offers and it could still change its plans.