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FY24-25 Priority Goals

Implementation plans that include quarterly updates of goal progress will be available starting this spring, 2024.

Ensure all Americans have access to high-speed, affordable, and reliable broadband

By September 30, 2025, the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce will expand affordable and reliable access to broadband service by funding projects, which when completed, will provide at least 6,250,000 households and other locations with reliable and affordable access to high-quality internet service. This will be achieved through investment in broadband infrastructure and related activities, accompanied by outreach and technical assistance, and in coordination with applicable Federal agencies, to promote American household accessibility to affordable, reliable, high-speed internet service.

Joint Goal with the Department of Commerce

Alan Davidson

Assistant Secretary

Commerce for Communications and Information and Administrator

Jacki Ponti-Lazaruk

Chief Innovation Officer

USDA Rural Development Innovation Center

Doug Kinkoph

Associate Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth

Laurel Leverrier

Deputy Administrator

USDA Rural Development Telecom

Cultivate a motivated and skilled workforce capable of accomplishing USDA's mission through effective recruitment and retention

Building upon the work of the previous two years, by September 30, Improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and strategic alignment of recruitment and retention strategies and processes to attract, hire, and retain top talent. By September 30, 2025, USDA will decrease the total number of permanent employee separations by 1% per year, with concentration on the number of permanent employee separations having less than 1 year as well as 1-2 years of service as compared to the FY23 YTD baseline.

Anita R. Adkins

Chief Human Capital Officer

Michelle Long

Acting Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer