March 7, 2013

Vilsack: Several months before inspector furloughs kick in

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the agency is notifying its unions this week of possible worker furloughs due to mandated U.S. budget cuts, meaning it could be several months before meat plant inspectors would be off the job, according to news reports.  Vilsack made the comments at a hearing of the House Agriculture Committee. "We will do everything we can to minimize the disruption," he was quoted by Bloomberg as saying. "We are looking at a several-month period before furloughs can be implemented."   Read More

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