It is tradition that, shortly before the turnover from one administration to another, the existing mayor’s cabinet and top aides are briefed on their looming unemployment. While Gray, who lost the April 1 Democratic primary to D.C. Councilwoman Muriel Bowser, has already lost many of his top aides, those who remain will be asked to submit their resignations.
Both executive and excepted service employees — at-will employees, including agency chiefs who serve at the pleasure of the mayor — are eligible for separation pay, in addition to payment for unused leave. By law, separation pay cannot exceed 12 weeks of an employees' basic pay (four weeks if the employee has worked for the District for less than a year).
Want more info about separation pay for excepted service? Take a look at the DCMR section on this topic, 6-B913.