USDA Webinar on Research Relocation and Reorganization

USDA Research Relocation and Reorganization:
Perspectives from Former USDA Chief Scientists
and Administrators

On August 9, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue surprised Congress and USDA stakeholders with an announcement that he plans to relocate the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outside the Washington, DC, area by the end of 2019. He also will transfer ERS from the USDA research arm to a policy arm.

The announcement has raised the following questions of process:

  • Was the partner and stakeholder community consulted prior to the announcement, and if so, how and when?
  • Will there be a chance for the USDA partner community to comment on the announcement and the effects of its realization?
  • What is Congress’s oversight and appropriation role in this reorganization?

Many substantive concerns have also been raised, including the following: