Agency Responsibilities To Keep Informed of Personnel Needs in the Food and Agricultural Sciences

CED-82-25: Published: Dec 28, 1981. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1981.

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GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) activities in carrying out the agency's responsibility to keep abreast of personnel needs in the food and agricultural sciences. The objective of the review was to assess how well USDA fulfilled its duties as defined in the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977.

GAO found that the USDA Office of Higher Education worked with university representatives to identify issues and concerns related to the need for graduates in the food and agricultural sciences, including the development of supply/demand analyses. GAO believes that USDA needs to interact with industry and Federal agencies which use food and agricultural science personnel and obtain their input on personnel requirements. Interaction and input is necessary if USDA is to obtain a complete and up-to-date profile of the supply/demand picture and manpower development requirements for food and agricultural science industry personnel.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Agriculture should instruct the Office of Higher Education to interact with a cross-section of organizations, Government agencies, industry, and universities that employ graduates trained in food and agricultural related sciences.

    Agency Affected: Department of Agriculture


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