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More Leadership Moves Announced for USDA Agencies
USAgNet - 03/29/2013

Leadership changes continue at USDA as the Obama Administration eases into its second term. USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager announced Wednesday he will leave the Department in early May.

USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan also recently announced she will be leaving in early May. Appointments announced this week include Cheryl Cook as USDA's chief information officer; Johnie Jones as deputy chief of staff for rural development; Mike Schmidt as deputy administrator for farm programs at USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA); and Susan Keith as a deputy administrator within the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

Earlier this month, USDA announced appointments of two deputy chiefs of staff, Anne MacMillan and Oscar Gonzales, Jr. MacMillan will handle external affairs and policy while Gonzales will handle operational issues. They will replace Carole Jett, the current deputy chief of staff, who is leaving the Department early next month after 37 years in public service.

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