USDA delays relocation date for some employees

The Department of Agriculture is asking a number of  employees who agreed to be relocated to the Midwest, if they would remain in their positions in Washington, D.C., for a bit longer, Government Executive reports.

According to the report, a letter stating: “Upon further consideration of the timing of the move to Kansas City, Missouri, NIFA has determined that it is in the agency’s best interest to delay your report date until March 30, 2020…This determination was made because your specific expertise is essential to ensure delivery of time sensitive functions," has been sent to several employees at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 

Originally, the employees had until Sept. 27 to make a final decision about whether to accept their relocation orders, and those who accepted were expected to report to Kansas City, Mo., on Sept. 30, the report notes, adding that nine Economic Research Service employees who agreed to relocate and 15 who have declined will report or leave federal service by December 9, six NIFA employees who accepted relocation orders will move by  March 30, 2020, and 38 employees declined.

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