USDA to relocate hundreds of employees outside D.C Metro-area
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Aug 13, 2018
Employees at two U.S. Department of Agriculture offices will have to relocate or change jobs by the end of 2019 as part of an effort to improve customer service and strengthen offices and programs.
“It’s been our goal to make USDA the most effective, efficient, and customer-focused department in the entire federal government,” Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said in a statement, adding, “In our administration, we have looked critically at the way we do business, with the ultimate goal of ensuring the best service possible for our customers, and for the taxpayers of the United States. In some cases, this has meant realigning some of our offices and functions, or even relocating them, in order to make more logical sense or provide more streamlined and efficient services.”
The Economic Research Service, currently under USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics mission area, will realign with the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) under the Office of the Secretary, where most employees of ERS and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture will be relocated outside of the D.C.-area.
It has not yet been determined what city the offices will be relocated to but USDA said the move is needed to attract and retain highly qualified staff, to place USDA resources closer to stakeholders and to benefit taxpayers.
According to the release, no ERS or NIFA employes will be involuntarily separated ad every employee who wants to continue working will have an opportunity to do so, although that will mean moving to a new location.
Employees will be offered relocation assistance and will receive the same base pay as before, and the locality pay for the new location.