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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.
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. .