V. Issues Identified by the Committee as Relevant for USDA Staff Elaboration (esp. Chief Scientists/Past Directors)

A. Administrative

  • priority setting (applied vs. basic)

  • internal management perceptions

  • feedback

B. Political

  • political independence

  • legislative pressure

C. Niche/Portfolio

  • perceptions of connections of program to USDA…etc.

  • interagency process

D. Individual Perspective

  • leadership influence: what did you initiate, what impact did you have?

  • why did you take/leave the job?

  • would you do it again?

  • perception of length of service (2 years vs. full-time/perm?).

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