USDA to relocate hundreds of employees outside D.C Metro-area

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.


Reader comments

Fri, Aug 17, 2018

The administration should consider relocating the Farm Service Agency to the mid-west, perhaps Omaha, NE.

Wed, Aug 15, 2018 mm

Seems like USDA could perform an actual economic analysis to demonstrate the cost-savings, but I suspect a competent analysis would show something else.

Tue, Aug 14, 2018 Norm

I highly doubt that the moves will benefit any but Mr. Purdue. All the new appointed bosses have shown themselves to be less than honest and eager to cut corners to save money at the expense of the people they are supposed to be serving. I wish this was different, but I doubt it.

Tue, Aug 14, 2018

Well it might help them recruit new people but unlikely to keep the older ones. The real goal is probably to cut costs by pushing out the older folks and brining in your lower paid employees. It’s not entirely bad but it could be a huge financial and emotional hit to those who are near the end of their career

Tue, Aug 14, 2018 Phyllis Goldsworthy FL

Best way to bring new people into the organization and drain the swamp plus put customers in touch with USDA. Bravo to Perdue! Maybe others will follow. Washington is the swamp.

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