True. The root problem, though, is that only a year to prepare for an 8 percent whack probably isn’t enough time to GET enough vacancies and retirements at the current rate to manage it that way; even if not a single one, from a clerk to an SES, no matter how critical, were filled; considering the law mandates an ATB. (if it wasn’t at ATB, agencies could have discretion to cut places where they could do so best; like capital accounts for those agencies with them or modifiable contracts, etc; and protect staff-intensive or mission-critical accounts).