Wednesday, August 20, 2014

USDA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

This is how the USDA National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. appeared to me flying in to National (Reagan) airport some 50 years ago. The Administration Building is to the left in the picture and the South Building across Independence Ave. 14th Street is on this side of those buildings. The two USDA buildings are connected by 2 archways at the 3rd floor level as well as a basement tunnel. The 2nd wing, 5th & 6th floor of the South Building is where I was headquartered during most of my 18 years of being stationed  there. I did spend a few months in the Administration Building on detail to assist with the conversion of USDA employees in "Super-grade" positions (GS-16,17 &18) to the Senior Executive Service (SES). This followed the passage of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1979. It was a most interesting assignment that enabled me to work with Agency Heads and the Assistant Secretaries. Attending some of Secretary Bergland's staff meetings was an educational experience.

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