Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Coppess Out

According to Farm Policy:
A news release yesterday from Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, indicated that Jonathan Coppess had been named Chief Counsel for the Committee.
The release added that, “Jonathan Coppess served most recently as Administrator of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) where he oversaw nationwide agency operations including implementation of the safety net programs from the 2008 Farm Bill. Prior to serving as Administrator, he served as the agency’s Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs and previously worked as a Senate aide, focusing on agriculture, energy and environment issues and working extensively on the 2008 Farm Bill. Coppess grew up on his family’s corn and soybean farm in Ohio and earned a law degree from the George Washington University Law School.”
 Generally speaking, this is bad for FSA. Most past administrators I remember have served a full term--4 or 8 years.  Since any political appointee needs a period of brainwashing by the career bureaucrats learning the ropes, the longer the better.  That's assuming, of course, the appointee is capable of learning.

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