The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released a plan entitled “Blueprint for Stronger Service” which outlined the agency’s strategy to streamline operations and cut costs. In a fact sheet that outlined the next steps for the Office of Rural Development (RD), USDA revealed it intends to close 43 Rural Development (RD) local field offices in 17 different states. USDA describes the reasoning behind this decision as a means for modernizing and accelerating service delivery while improving the customer experience through use of innovative technologies and business solutions. In addition to the closing of these field offices, the report details several other recommendations to manage current and future budgetary challenges.

To read the Blueprint for Stronger Service fact sheet on RD, click here.