I'd like to suggest a different model for reorganization, particularly for rural areas. It's a model which will drive some FSA employees, particularly a certain CED, up the wall, but I think it's worth considering and testing.
- The number of farms in agricultural areas continues to fall
- The number of people in some rural areas continues to fall
- Technology permits telework to be effective in some cases
- Many people in rural areas are competent with modern technology, but some are not.
The new model field office works with the new model Federal agency, which tries to serve the public online, but using experts more locally based as intermediaries for those who aren't comfortable with technology. So the new model Federal agency is doing lots of basic training of the personnel in the
So you set up the new model field office and test it. If it works, it's the field service center for all Federal government services and some new ones. (The new ones will aggravate people who might think I'm a socialist.) So the new office would start by serving as a post office and a passport office (which some post offices do now). It would serve FSA programs, NRCS programs, Rural Development programs. It would handle Social Security matters. It would handle IRS matters. It could serve as an interface for remote medicine.
That's my idea.