Gutting of two USDA research agencies is warning to all federal agencies, ex-employees say

Dec 2015
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Gutting of two USDA research agencies is warning to all federal agencies, ex-employees say
“Overall the staff of these agencies is down and continues to go down. I think you’re going to see a brain drain continue until the end of this administration," one former official said.
By Phil McCausland


"The Trump administration announced in June that it would move two Department of Agriculture research agencies — the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture — and their 547 employees from Washington, D.C., to a rented office in Kansas City, Missouri, within three months."
"That sudden announcement and the aggressive timeline that accompanied it led hundreds of employees to resign or retire early, leaving the two critical institutions gutted."
"Now more than a dozen scientists, researchers, economists and experts who are currently or were formerly employed by multiple federal agencies, including the ERS and the NIFA, told NBC News the effective dismantling of these two agencies is only the latest hit, but it is the most illustrative of the administration’s intentions: to remove or neuter evidence-based research."
“To implement the relocation plan the way they did, with the timing they did, without even the clear legal authority to do so speaks to the fact that this was done intentionally to be as rapid a move as possible and destroy as much of the agency as possible,” said a former ERS economist who elected to retire rather than move."









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Now more than ever we see that Trump does not care about the things that matter to so many experts and Americans. There was absolutely no reason to gut those agencies other than that Trump is trying to make life hard on those that work there and the excellent research and work that they do that helps many Americans in so many ways.