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Agricultural Research Service Human Resources Employee Climate Study

Jul 19, 2018

Work in Progress


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to:

  • ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products;
  • assess the nutritional needs of Americans;
  • sustain a competitive agricultural economy;
  • enhance the natural resource base and the environment and provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole.

Project Description

ARS has contracted with the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) to obtain consultative support in conducting a thorough employee climate assessment of the Human Resources Division (HRD) and the Administrative and Financial Management Business Service Center leadership and HR staff. The outcome of this project will provide ARS with a comprehensive report outlining identified and categorized issues from assessment interviews, recommendations for mitigation, and a proposal for an attainable way forward.


The study team will receive guidance from a three-member Expert Advisory Group of Fellows and conduct the analysis for ARS over the next four months.

Study Fellows