The Agriculture Department is expanding its contact center and customer experience efforts to more bureaus over the next year as part of its IT modernization initiatives.
The Agriculture Department finalized a new lease for permanent office space in Missouri, which will house employees at the Economic Research Bureau and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
In today’s Federal Newscast, Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) says the USDA relocation is delaying implementation of the Farm Bill.
Also in today’s Federal Newscast, USDA employees relocating to Kansas City will now get incentive payments to make up for their now lower salaries.
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.
Roughly 57% of employees given relocation notices at the Economic Research Service and 67% of such employees at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture have rejected USDA’s reassignment to Kansas City.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the new local union at the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service estimate four out of five employees will decline to relocate out of the national capital region.
The Trump administration’s national research and development AI plan has set a goal to focus more on collaboration between government and private sector.
A newly formed collective bargaining unit representing employees at the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service has demanded USDA delay any relocations to the Kansas City region until it bargains over the move.
In today’s Federal Newscast, a provision in the annual Defense bill the Senate Armed Services Committee released this week would order a top-to-bottom review of the contractor, civilian and military IT positions in each military service and DoD agency.