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Agencies & Offices

Agricultural Labor Affairs Coordinator: The ALAC serves as USDA's focal point for agricultural labor issues, including regulations and immigration issues, and is responsible for coordinating activities with other Federal agencies.

Sustainable Development: The Director of Sustainable Development leads and coordinates cross-mission area work in sustainable development and represents the Department in both domestic and international arenas on issues relating to sustainable development. 

World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB): WAOB serves as USDA’s focal point for economic intelligence and the commodity outlook for U.S. and world agriculture.

Climate Change Program Office (CCPO): CCPO ensures that USDA is a source of objective, analytical assessments of the effects of climate change and proposed response strategies both within USDA and for our partners. CCPO is also responsible for coordinating activities with other federal agencies, interacting with the legislative branch on climate change issues affecting agriculture and forestry,

Office of Environemntal Markets (OEM): OEM supports the Secretary in the development of emerging markets for carbon sequestration, water quality, wetlands, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services.

Office of Energy Policy and New Uses (OEPMU): The Office of Energy Policy and New Uses (OEPNU) assists the Secretary of Agriculture in developing and coordinating Departmental energy policy, programs, and strategies.

Office of Risk Assessment & Cost-Benefit Analysis (ORACBA): ORACBA's primary role is to ensure that major regulations proposed by USDA are based on sound scientific and economic analysis.

Office of the Chief Meterologist: The Office of the Chief Meterologist monitors monitors the weather and assesses its likely impact on crops around the world. Regular briefings by Board experts are an important information source for USDA commodity forecasters as well as for the Secretary of Agriculture and other top officials at the Department.