Our number one priority is the well-being of our OneUSDA family, which is why I want to provide you with an update on what USDA is doing for our employees. Coronavirus has raised a lot of questions when it comes to how the virus may affect us and affect our work. We share and understand your concerns.
Please review the additional guidance in the attached and pasted below mitigation memo. For further information, please go to USDA’s Be Prepared website for coronavirus. This website has direct links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and State Department guidance for travel. We recognize that the best way to be ready is to be in the know. That is why we are committed to keeping you updated on any future plans or guidance. We will be communicating with mission leaders and supervisors consistently to ensure they have up to date information on preparedness plans. They will help to disseminate information as it pertains to things like official travel and contingency plans for how USDA would operate if we are directly impacted by an outbreak.
As we continue forward, we appreciate your commitment to our mission here at USDA and your patience as we work together. We will provide you with updates and reliable information as we have it.
Thank you for your service to USDA and our customers,
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
Link to PDF version of letter.