A little more than a dozen employees at USDA's Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture stood and turned their backs to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue at an all-hands meeting Thursday. Perdue described USDA's plans to relocate the majority of employees out of the national capital region. (Nicole Ogrysko/Federal News Network)

‘Never suggested we would not lose expertise,’ USDA says of upcoming relocation

Lawmakers have asked Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to allow employees impacted by the upcoming USDA relocation to use telework and other flexibilities to alleviate the burdens of the move to Kansas City. USDA and the American Federation of Government Employees are expected to continue bargaining negotiations over those flexibilities this week.