The Postal Service divides its organizational structure into multiple competitive areas for reduction in force (RIF) purposes. Competitive areas are established based on organizational factors (separate operation, work function, staff, and personnel management authority) and geographical location factors. During the RIF process, an employee can be assigned only to a position in his or her competitive area. Listed below are the Postal Service’s competitive areas as of May 5, 2011.
— Complement, Staffing & Field Policy, Human Resources, 5-5-11 source: Postal Bulletin