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Established in 1929, OPEDA (Organization of Professional Employees, U.S. Department of Agriculture) is an association of professional employees with the mission to enhance the effectiveness of members in the performance of their duties. It seeks to provide enlightened guidance and representation before Congress, the Administration, and other employee groups and organizations and the public on matters that promote the efficient and effective operation of agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Organization Of Professional Employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

For over 84 years OPEDA has worked to protect and advance USDA employee interests through organized and concerted effort. In keeping with this thrust, OPEDA officers and staff continue to work diligently for the economic and professional advancement of OPEDA members, helping them to serve with pride and dedication. Never has OPEDA’s commitment to serving its membership been stronger than it is today, providing an array of services that range from influencing pay legislation to encouraging review of change of unnecessarily restrictive policies. OPEDA works closely with several other professional and employee organizations and national coalitions to pursue matters of material interest to its members. This has made it possible for millions of professional employees to testify as one before Congressional Committees. What has OPEDA been doing for you?

OPEDA has a great group of members consisting of USDA employees and retirees that are dedicated to the mission of “The People’s Department”.  We are always encouraging USDA employees to join the organization and would be honored to have you join us as a member.  .

  • Employee Members
  • Retiree Members
  • Lifetime Members

June 2016


OPEDA Working for You


  • June is National Employee Wellness Month at the USDA  >> calendar of events
  • Office of Advocacy & Outreach Recognition 2016 USDAE. KikaDe LaGarza Fellows Wednesday, June 22, 201610:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Jamie L. Whitten Patio >>flyer


January 2016



 2016 Unsung Hero Award Program

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