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The Organization of Professional Employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (0PEDA) was formed in 1929. A key charter OPEDA member was Milton Eisenhower, who was early in his public service career as Director of Information at the USDA-- where he served until 1941. (By 1943, he would become President of his alma mater, Kansas State University. OPEDA is an association of professional employees with the mission is to enhance and recognize the capabilities and achievements of USDA employees in the performance of their duties; and therefore, enhance the reputation and stature of the USDA Agencies. OPEDA also promotes the continuing education and training of USDA employees.This includes the sponsorship of educational seminars, webinars, and newsletters.
For several decades candidates for national office in our country have relied of a strategy of campaigning with a promise to weed out waste, fraud and abuse of power in the Federal Government. A sub-theme is that federal employees are therefore compliant in the causing this situation, and are incompetent, not worthy of their benefits and plush offices, and surely over-paid. This continuous drum beat puts OPEDA on the front line, in a continuing effort to point out that these accusations are far from the actual truth!
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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. .
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OPEDA supports USDA agencies and offices in sharing information through our website, electronic newsflash, and print newsletter. Please submit employee trainings and observances to assist OPEDA in the inclusion of employees nationally.