To provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science and efficient management. The Department of Agriculture's broad range of responsibilities also include the food stamp program, anti-poverty programs, conservation and natural resource protection, and an array of rural development programs.
Headquarters: Washington, D.C. Administrative offices: Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Additional offices located nationwide and throughout the world. Highest concentration of USDA employees: California, District of Columbia, Oregon, Missouri, Texas, Maryland, Colorado, Montana, Louisiana and Idaho.
The Department of Agriculture ranked 16th out of 30 agencies in the 2010 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings with an index score of 62.0.
USDA is committed to ensuring it has a diverse and talented workforce that is well prepared to achieve strategic goals and meet changing priorities. It participates in various job fairs and works with professional organizations to recruit high potential candidates. USDA uses a variety of student and intern programs to meet current and future employment needs and diversity challenges. Student and intern programs allow USDA to enhance its ability to recruit and retain women, minorities, and persons with targeted disabilities. USDA also provides scholarship opportunities that aid its recruitment and retention goals. For example, USDA offers the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program and the Presidential Management Fellows Program. It also establishes relationships with entities that allow it to provide work experience to Native American students and persons with disabilities.
USDA also uses a wide variety of flexibilities to attract candidates, including the use of recruitment bonuses and student loan repayments. In fiscal 2007, USDA approved 53 student loan repayments totaling more than $404,000 and 368 recruitment bonuses totaling more than $3 million. In 2008, it made use of over 3,300 hiring flexibilities, including recruitment bonuses for hard-to-fill positions, and direct-hire authority appointments to fill vacancies when a critical need or severe shortage of candidates existed.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wishes to recruit and retain a top-quality workforce to maintain its high level of service to the American people and the world. USDA will therefore focus its recruitment efforts on filling highly skilled positions to protect the safety of the food supply and to prepare for and respond to both animal-based and human-based pandemics, as well as address its administrative, financial, acquisition and business management responsibilities. Priority hiring will be in the following occupational areas: public health, veterinary medicine, resource conservation, business development, scientific and economic research, and information technology.
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Demographics source: FedScope, OPM
Source: Fedscope 09/08
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