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Search for Treasury Secretary narrows to three names

December 15, 2000 Members of President-elect Bush's economic team today said the choice for Treasury secretary is down to three names: William McDonough, current head of the New York Federal Reserve; John Hennessy, head of Credit Suisse First Boston's equity division; and Walter Shipley, retired Chase Manhattan chairman. "If they need a Democrat,...

New President could leave some appointees in place

December 11, 2000 If the new President finds it too tough to get his nominees through an evenly divided Senate, he could apparently leave current Senate-confirmed political appointees in place without going through the confirmation process. At a recent Farm Journal forum, one of the venues in which he is giving end-of-tenure talks,...

USDA appointees say they'll keep campaigning for Democrats

December 8, 2000 Clinton administration Agriculture Department appointees who campaigned for Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore under the banner "Harvest 2000" celebrated victories Wednesday and agreed to work for rural Senate and House candidates in 2002--no matter who becomes President. More than 100 members of the group met for lunch Wednesday to evaluate...

USDA may broaden rights of gay employees

June 14, 2000 jhagstrom@govexec.com Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman told USDA's Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Employees Association (GLOBE) Tuesday that he will consider a proposal to pay the relocation expenses of domestic partners of USDA employees. Glickman also said he believes the government eventually will offer benefits to domestic partners of its employees. Glickman...

Agriculture inspector general says staff overextended

February 22, 2000 Agriculture Department Inspector General Roger Viadero told the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Thursday that, "with the nation's food supply highly susceptible to tampering, diseases or infestation with unwanted plant pests, the Office of the Inspector General's resources -especially our investigative resources-continue to be drastically overextended in these highly critical areas."...

Goodbye Government Girl

October 1, 1999 ave you nearly screamed in frustration trying to get a live human being on the phone in a government office in the last few years? As a government employee, have you finished an important letter, only to find that you can't get it out for hours or maybe until the...

USDA IG under fire for release of report

April 22, 1999 Agriculture Department Inspector General Roger Viadero came under intense fire at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing Wednesday for releasing a report on the crop insurance program without first allowing the USDA's Risk Management Agency to read and comment on its findings. The report to Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman details the...

From Farm to Table

September 1, 1998 jhagstrom@njdc.com he federal government's commitment to improving the nutrition of the American people can be traced to the 1863 Organic Act. But the federal government did not provide food to the poor until the New Deal programs during the Great Depression attempted to improve the lot of farmers and their...

Food for Thought

September 1, 1998 jhagstrom@njdc.com Agriculture Undersecretary Shirley Watkins says she wants to create a seamless federal nutrition safety net. To accomplish that goal, she must coordinate 15 separate federal nutrition programs: Food Stamps: Begun as a pilot project under an executive order in 1961, food stamps were permanently authorized under the 1964 Food...

No American Should Go Hungry

September 1, 1998 jhagstrom@njdc.com y Washington standards, Shirley Watkins, the Agriculture Department's undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, should be one of the biggest political stars of the Clinton administration. Watkins shares the hometown of Hope, Ark., with the President, and in an administration that stresses diversity, is the first African-American to...