Al Kamen in the Washington Post noted the Pearlie Reed retirement today (it comes at the end of his column). Two excerpts:
The announcement’s timing was a bit curious, since it came five days after Reed actually retired, and two weeks after an inspector general’s report
dinged an office under Reed’s jurisdiction for improperly handing out
grants — though a department spokesman denied any connection between the
IG report and Reed’s departure.
This marks the second retirement for Reed, a well-respected old hand who
first came to the Agriculture Department as a college student. Reed
retired in 2002 as chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service
but rejoined the USDA in 2009 to focus on civil rights issues inside and
outside the agency.