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OIG faults USDA over lack of congressional approval in ERS, NIFA moves

Calls on department to clarify legal position

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USDA's relocation of the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) mostly falls within its legal and budgetary authorities, but the department needs to clarify its legal position rejecting the need for congressional committee approvals for the effort, USDA's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) said Monday (August 5).

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