Obama’s Agriculture Secretary’s Hasty Departure Is Raising Some Questions – 3%
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Obama’s Agriculture Secretary’s Hasty Departure Is Raising Some Questions

A nonprofit government watchdog group launched an investigation Wednesday to determine whether recently-resigned Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary and Iowa’s former Democratic Gov. Tom Vilsack violated federal ethics law.

Vilsack resigned on Jan. 13 and news reports showed he was expected to become the U.S. Dairy Export Council’s president and CEO. He took that role just four days later.

Consequently, Cause of Action Institute filed a Freedom of Information Act request for any notifications USDA sent to the agency’s Office of Ethics or Office of the General Counsel regarding Vilsack’s negotiations with the U.S. Dairy Export Council or his requests for recusal.

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