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Secretary Perdue Announces USDA Improvements for Customer Service & Efficiency

USDA is seeking public comments on the proposed reorganization intended to “… strengthen customer service and improve efficiencies at USDA by taking the following actions: Merging the Center for Nutrition and Policy Promotion into the Food and Nutrition Service; Consolidating the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration into the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS); Realigning the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Warehouse function and the International Food Commodity Procurement program into AMS; Moving the Codex Alimentarius program from the Food Safety and Inspection Service into the Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs; Realigning the Office of Pesticide Management Policy out of the Agricultural Research Service and into the Office of the Chief Economist; Establishing the Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement through the merger of the Office of Advocacy and Outreach, the Office of Tribal Relations, the Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and the Military Veterans Liaison; Creating an Office of Innovation within Rural Development; and Consolidating mission support activities, including information technology, finance, property, procurement, and human resources, at the mission area level …”

Document Title: * The title of the September 12, 2017 and May 18, 2017 USDA Federal Register Notices is “Improving Customer Service”
* The title of the September 7, 2017 USDA Press Release is “Secretary Perdue Announces USDA Improvements for Customer Service & Efficiency”
* The title of the May 11, 2017 USDA Press Release is “Secretary Perdue Announces Creation of Undersecretary for Trade; Reorganization of USDA Elevates Rural Development as Department Priority”

Organization: The September 12, 2017 and May 18, 2017 Federal Register Notices were signed on September 7, 2017 and May 11, 2017, respectively, by Donald Bice who is the Associate Director of the USDA Office of Budget and Program Analysis

The September 7, 2017 and May 11, 2017 Press Releases were issued by the USDA Press Office

Source: * September 12, 2017 and May 18, 2017 USDA Federal Register Notices
* September 7, 2017 and May 11, 2017 USDA Press Releases

Comments Due By: October 7, 2017

Web site: The September 12, 2017 USDA Federal Register Notice is posted at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-12/html/2017-19337.htm

The September 7, 2017 USDA Press Release is posted at
http://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2017/09/07/secretary-perdue-announces-usda-improvements-customer-service

The May 18, 2017 USDA Federal Register Notice is posted at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-18/html/2017-10063.htm

The May 11, 2017 USDA Press Release is posted at
http://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2017/05/11/secretary-perdue-announces-creation-undersecretary-trade

The May 11, 2017 USDA “Report on the Proposed 2017 Reorganization of the Department of Agriculture to Establish an Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs” is posted at
http://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/report-proposed-2017-reorg-usda-under-secretary-trade-foreign-agricultural-affairs.pdf

Public comments on the USDA reorganization plan may be submitted at
http://www.whitehouse.gov/reorganizing-the-executive-branch

The May 11, 2017 House Committee on Agriculture Press Release, titled “Chairman Conaway Commends Secretary Perdue on Creation of Undersecretary for Trade”, is posted at
http://agriculture.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=3871

The previous FIEN message related to this topic is posted at
http://www.fien.com/articleDisplay.php?id=41232

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