When a person entitled to severance pay is employed by the federal government or the Government of the District of Columbia in an unsused temporary appointment, the severance pay is suspended for the duration of the appointment, but is resumed (without rectabilising) if the worker separates from the unsused temporary appointment. Severance pay must be made within the same payment intervals as those in which wages would be paid if the beneficiary were still employed. The amount of the severance pay is calculated on the basis of the beneficiary`s basic salary in force just before the separation. Severance pay is subject to reasonable deductions for income and social security taxes. Severance pay is the responsibility of the Agency, which employs the beneficiary at the time of the involuntary separation that triggered the current right to severance pay. The provisions of 5 CFR 550.709 contain more details on the delimitation and payment of severance pay. If employees accept buyouts, they receive a lump sum equal to the amount offered by the Agency or its entire severance pay, whichever is lower. In addition, employees who accept buyouts cannot work for the federal government for at least five years or will have to reimburse the government for their FULL VSIP payment. A staff member is not entitled to severance pay if he or she works under an un qualified appointment. refuse an appropriate offer to transfer to another organization; in the context of a qualifying appointment within an agency which must be terminated within one year from the date of the appointment; compensation in accordance with the 5 U.S.C.