Eric Deeble is the new deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Congressional Relations. Deeble has been working as a policy director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. Bernhard Kluger will serve as a senior advisor in the Office of the Secretary. Most recently, Kluger had a similar role at the Small Business Administration. Yeshimebet Abebe returns to USDA after service during the Obama Administration. Abebe is the new director of organizational management and cultural transformation, farm production and conservation. Toby Cain was appointed chief of staff for the Risk Management Agency. Most recently, Cain worked on political campaigns in Iowa, Virginia and Utah. Anita Adkins, who has served as the acting chief human capital officer at USDA since October, will remove ‘acting’ from her title. George Sears will move from the USDA Forest Service to direct the office of small and disadvantaged business organization.
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