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USDA Solicits Input Regarding Proposed Reorganization

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

USDA is inviting public comments through October 7 regarding the recently announced proposed structural realignment of offices within the department. The realignment will move the U.S. Codex Office, currently housed in the Food Safety and Inspection Service, to the newly-created Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs mission area. The plan also establishes an Innovation Center within Rural Development that will be tasked with evaluating the impacts of USDA's business, housing and utilities programs. USDA will consolidate commodity procurement activities by merging the International Food Commodity Procurement program, currently in the Farm Service Agency, into the domestic Commodity Food Procurement program in the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration also will move to AMS.

Meanwhile, the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) will merge into the Food and Nutrition Service and CNPP will no longer be led by a politically-appointed administrator, but rather a career associate administrator. USDA will create an Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement by grouping the Office of Advocacy and Outreach, the Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships staff, the Office of Tribal Relations and the Military Veterans Liaison to ensure a more coordinated approach to customer-focused outreach. Finally, the Office of Pest Management Policy will move from the Agricultural Research Service to the Office of the Chief Economist.

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