Report: Most USDA employees slated to be relocated will decline
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Jun 28, 2019
Most Department of Agriculture employees slated to be relocated to the Midwest will decline, according to a staff tally conducted by the Economic Research Service.
Last month, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that USDA will move over 600 employees from two key D.C.-area offices to the Midwest—specifically, to the Kansas City area; the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Local 3403 of the American Federation of Government Employees along with ERS conducted a survey that found that four out of five of the 200 employees being reassigned to Kansas City will not go.
An AFGE statement: “Given the aggressive timeline to move all positions before the end of the current fiscal year, AFGE Local 3403 estimates that two out of three employees are certain they will decline relocation...The Information Services Division may experience nearly 100 percent attrition or no one relocating. The Resource & Rural Economics Division may experience more than 90 percent attrition, with the Food Economics Division experiencing 89 percent attrition. The Market and Trade Economics Division and Office of Administrator could anticipate three out of four employees to decline to relocate.”
And many of those remaining employees say they are seeking new employment because they are scheduled to be reassigned to a yet-to-be determined new facility within the National Capital Region.
“The current and projected attrition will curtail research data products that encompass commodity estimates, agricultural sector forecasts, food and farm economic and statistical indicators for U.S. agriculture, conservation, and food policy and markets,” Local 3403 Acting Vice President Kevin Hunt said in the statement.
Read the full report and statement here.