October 23, 2008

GAO Urges USDA to Hire Ombuds

A report by the Government Accountability Office says that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has "fallen far short" in its response to hundreds of civil rights complaints despite creating a civil rights arm in the 2002. The GAO urged the USDA to to reduce the complaint backlog and to consider hiring an Ombuds to handle employee civil rights concerns. This is not a new proposal -- it was discussed at a meeting of Federal Ombuds three years ago. (Arkansas News Bureau; CFO Minutes, 11/9/05.)

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