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Sherrod Offered ‘Advocacy, Outreach’ Job

From an approving CBS News:

Shirley Sherrod’s USDA Job Offer: Deputy Director of the Office of Advocacy and Outreach

Posted by Stephanie Condon

July 27, 2010

Shirley Sherrod, who was forced to resign from the Department of Agriculture after an out-of-context video of remarks she made were published on a conservative website, is still considering the formal job offer she received from the USDA, she tells CBS News Producer Daniel Steinberger.

The department has offered Sherrod a position titled Deputy Director of the office of advocacy and outreach at the USDA, she says. The offer was delivered in a draft that puts into writing what Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack offered her on the phone last week.

Sherrod said she sat down to read through the offer for the first time this morning, but has not read it in its entirety yet.

How long is this ‘offer,’ for goodness sake? Is it as long as Arizona’s new immigration bill?

She still has many questions about the offer before coming to any decision, she said, such as who is the director of the department and whether and how much money is appropriated for the work that should be accomplished in the position.

The ever conscientious Ms. Sherrod wants to make sure that she will have enough billions of dollars to redistribute from the undeserving ‘haves’ to the deserving ‘haves not.’

"I need to have a conversation with someone," Sherrod said, though she was not sure whether she would speak with Vilsack directly.

They better drag Mr. Obama off the golf course and put him on the phone again.

Sherrod said she hopes to reach a decision by next week

Perhaps she should assign a committee to study the offer and report back to her. Let’s hope we are given hourly updates by our watchdog media.

For the record, here are some excerpts from the official USDA memorandum establishing this important office and outlining its noble goals:

Establishment of the Office of Advocacy and Outreach

November 3, 2009

1. PURPOSE

Section 226B of the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 (Reorganization Act) (7 U.S.C. 6934), as added by section 14013 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill), Pub. L. 110-246, requires the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) to establish within the Department of Agriculture (Department, or USDA) an office to be known as the Office of Advocacy and Outreach.

2. POLICY

a. Establishment of the Office of Advocacy and Outreach. There is hereby established in the executive operations of the Department, within the Departmental Management organization, an office to be known as the Office of Advocacy and Outreach, which will consist of organizational units including a Socially Disadvantaged Farmers Group, Small Farms and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Group, and Farmworker Coordinator…

b. Authorities. The Office of Advocacy and Outreach is hereby delegated, through the Assistant Secretary for Administration, authority for the performance and oversight of the following advocacy and outreach functions within the Department: …

(5) Administer the low-income migrant and seasonal farmworker grants program under section 2281 of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 5177a).

(6) Consult with appropriate entities regarding integration of farmworker interests into Department programs, including assisting farmworkers in becoming agricultural producers or landowners, and research, program improvements, and agricultural education opportunities for low-income and migrant seasonal farmworkers

(10) Provide strategic planning and performance measurement, coordinate outreach activities, monitor goals and objectives, and evaluate Department programs and activities involving small farms or ranches and beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers

(13) Administer the Hispanic Serving Institutions National Program

c. The following authorities, previously carried out by or delegated to the Office of Outreach and Diversity through the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, are hereby transferred to the Director, Office of Advocacy and Outreach, through the Assistant Secretary for Administration

(1) Establish requirements and procedures for reporting agency outreach status and accomplishments under section 2501 of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 2279)…

(4) Administer and coordinate a USDA outreach program in collaboration with USDA agencies…

e. The following authority, previously carried out by or delegated to the Administrator, Agricultural Research Service, through the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, is hereby transferred to the Director, Office of Advocacy and Outreach, through the Assistant Secretary for Administration:

(1) Administer the Hispanic Serving Institutions National Program.

f. The following authorities, previously carried out by or delegated to the Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, through the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, are hereby transferred to the Director, Office of Advocacy and Outreach, through the Assistant Secretary for Administration:

(1) Make grants and enter into contracts and other agreements for outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers (7 U.S.C. 2279(a)(3))…

g. The following authorities, previously carried out by or delegated to the Administrator, Rural Housing Service, through the Under Secretary for Rural Development, is hereby transferred to the Director, Office of Advocacy and Outreach, through the Assistant Secretary for Administration: …

(2) Administer the low-income migrant and seasonal farmworker grants program under Section 2281 of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 5177a)…

/s/ Thomas J. Vilsack

Secretary

Who knew that being a farmer was a civil right? And, oddly enough, there is no mention of a ‘deputy’ anywhere in the memo. Though the tasks assigned to its director are so burdensome they certainly could not be shouldered by just one person.

Still, we think Ms. Sherrod ought to hold out for a Czar-ship of some kind or another. Perhaps she could be the ‘Czarina of Class Warfare.’

In any case, we are somehow reminded of Michelle Obama’s $317,000 a year no show job, as “vice president of community and external affairs” at the University Of Chicago Hospitals.

A position she was given as soon as Mr. Obama was elected an Illinois State Senator. And a position that was done away with as soon as Mrs. Obama resigned.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Sherrod Offered ‘Advocacy, Outreach’ Job”

  1. Warren says:

    Just another example of this administration “protecting its own.” And why, after reading this entire post, does the USDA need, other than to spend more tax dollars, an outreach program?

  2. AcornsRNutz says:

    Warren,
    I’ll go ya one better. What exactly does the country need the USDA for? Seems to me that even in the fiefdoms of old agriculture was one of the only industries that practically guaranteed success without much interference at all. People who can grow food successfully will be able to sell that food at some rate. They can purchase crop insurance to cover expenses in case of blight or such things, which ensures that even in unforeseen instances they can at least avoid losing the farm (pun intended) for another season. I fail to see how the US governments involvement in the production of our food has actually helped anyone or for that matter is something we should consider safe.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    The only profession older than farming is prostitution and somehow now the two are intertwined.

    The screwing you got is now the screwing you get……….
    Love ya,
    Big Brother

  4. 64dodger says:

    She does not have the intelligence to take my garbage out.

  5. proreason says:

    I hope the position doesn’t involve “work”.

    That would be racist.

  6. U NO HOO says:

    “Socially Disadvantaged Farmers Group”

    That would be those who say “Holy Sh*t” instead of “That’s Amazing.”

  7. U NO HOO says:

    “Ranchers Group”

    That would be Rancheros Group in Arizona.

  8. BigOil says:

    There is a direct correlation between the length of a government job title and the worthlessness of the job.

    “I need to have a conversation with someone,” Sherrod said, though she was not sure whether she would speak with Vilsack directly.

    Translation – She needs to consult with her lawyer to see if taking this worthless job prevents her from filing a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

  9. oldpuppydixie says:

    Well given the well documented animosity blacks have for Mexicans, someone had better rein in little Shirley’s husband. Shirley has probably learned to keep her own mouth shut by now.

    • confucius says:

      Isn’t that interesting? They also seem to hate Koreans, Jews and whites.

      Come to think of it, they seem to hate a lot of people.

  10. Right of the People says:

    “How long is this ‘offer,’ for goodness sake? Is it as long as Arizona’s new immigration bill?”

    She’s having trouble with the big words in in like honesty and integrity and work.

    U No Hoo,

    That’s Groupo de Rancheros. Gotta make sure the new Obama voters can understand it por favor.

  11. canary says:

    Sherrod’s new job has new #1 Key Priority. Help minorities 1st.
    #1 Key Priority is quote:

    “Increase the number of minority, underserved [sic], socially disadvantaged persons served by key programs.”

    $5,309,000 has just been approved for hiring new employees.
    The ranges of salaries start at approx $90,000 to $180,000. The salary of the director is not given, but I do believe Sherrod will now be in the higher bracket of Obama’s regime.

    And of course Sherrod’s new job is what she’s always done best. Help minorities 1st.

    Presently 45 employees, so is there a need to double these federal jobs at approx $100,000 a year, or pay the director a huge salary which will make her happy, and just a few advocates.
    These are huge salaries for the advocate work of pushing pencils, and clicking buttons.

    http://www.obpa.usda.gov/06oao2011notes.pdf

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “Increase the number of minority, underserved [sic], socially disadvantaged persons served by key programs.”

      Isn’t this the same crap that lead us down the path we are now forced to deal with?
      i.e. Fannie and Freddie

  12. Natural Born Citizen says:

    Why take this job offer? She can sue the USDA again and get more money and a promotion. I am sure a new Czar position can be created.


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