GAO Comments on the Impact of the USDA Reorganization of Nutrition.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV
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This letter responses to the June 24, 1981, request for comments on the June 1981 reorganization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA and its impact on nutrition. As requested, comments on the reorganization address those areas that relate to USDAs nutrition responsibilities and activities. USDA is in the process of implementing the reorganization and identifying, addressing, and resolving the management and policy problems that occur with any reorganization. Also, details of USDAs nutrition policies have not been fully formulated. As a result, comments are based primarily on what USDA officials have told us and on the opinions of professionals from the nutrition community. Because the reorganization is just now being implemented, we are unable to reach any conclusions on the reorganizations impact on USDAs nutrition responsibilities nor on the broader impact on nutrition research, information and education. Any reorganization can be expected to disrupt operations in the short-run and affect the momentum in nutrition that had been established over the last few years. Whether that momentum continues under the new reorganization remains to be seen.
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