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Federal HR Policies Affecting Cooperative Extension Organizations

Appointment of Cooperative Extension Directors/Administrators

On May 8, 1914, the Smith-Lever Act was signed into law providing for cooperative agricultural extension work between the agricultural colleges. USDA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities in each State that governed the terms of Federally funded cooperative extension work in a given university. The MOUs required USDA approval of Extension Directors/Administrators.

Current legislative requirements do not require a MOU. A letter was sent to the University Presidents to notify them that USDA was terminating the Extension MOUs effective February 8. 2012. With the termination of the MOU, approval of Extension Directors/Administrators will no longer require USDA approval. Please continue to notify the NIFA Office of the Director when your university appoints a new Extension Director/Administrator.  We will continue to maintain the State Extension Service Directors and Administrators Directory; therefore, the notification should include the following information:

1. The name of the individual selected by the University to serve as Director/Administrator;
2. The selectee's educational background (provide degree emphasis);
3. The effective date of the selectee's appointment; and
4. The selectee's University Address, Telephone Number, Fax Number, and E Mail Address.
The notification letter should be forwarded to:
Office of the Director
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture
Jamie L. Whitten Building, Room 305A
1400 Independence Ave., SW., Stop 2201
Washington, DC 20250-2201

Please send a copy of the notification to Sonny Barber at sonny.barber@ars.usda.gov or fax to:

Sonny Barber
Personnel & Data Information Specialist
Human Resources Branch
National Capital Region Business Service Center
301-504-2396 (Phone)
301-504-5998 (Fax)


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