USDA Confirms Downtown Kansas City As Site For Controversial Relocation Of Agencies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture officially informed employees Thursday of plans to move two research agencies to a building in downtown Kansas City after considering locations on both sides of the state line. Opponents of the move, including many of the agencies’ D.C.-based staff, have decried it as an attack on science and an attempt to hinder the study of politically sensitive issues, like climate change, by forcing experienced researchers to quit. As of Oct. 12, only 125 of the roughly 550 eligible employees had moved or planned to relocate to Kansas City. USDA has hired 26 more people in Kansas City, a spokesperson said, and is currently recruiting more than 100 people to fill positions.

By Bryan Lowry And Kevin Hardy. Kansas City Star. October 31, 2019.

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