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Dear Cabinet Member:

Prior to the next cabinet meeting you must submit a report on your highest priority program. The purpose of this report is to inform me of your priority program for the upcoming fiscal year. Please give me details on why your highest ranking program should be included in this year’s budget proposal. In your report, include necessary documentation including any supporting graphics and testimonials that you believe necessary to make your case for support of this program.

I look forward to seeing your report and I await your recommendations on how the federal government can continue its most critical programs in these times of economic restraint.

Sincerely yours,

 

The President of the United States

 

Washington, D.C. is an extremely competitive, political town and you must work hard to keep your agency an important part of government. It’s the beginning of the legislative calendar and you must compete with other agencies and departments for a part of the budget and a high profile emphasis from the president.
Choose which federal executive department you would like to represent (see list below). Identify a current or new program that you will present to the president as a priority for your department. Write a report to the president describing the problem and the program that will alleviate the problem. You may prepare charts, tables and graphs to explain your plans to the President.
1. Submit a written report addressed to the president. A quality report will probably be between 750-1000 words. However, the president cares more about clarity and detail than length – charts and other visual aids may be more valuable than word count.
2. You should use at least 5 quality sources to research and clarify your report. When appropriate, the sources should be cited within the report using MLA or APA style. A complete bibliography should be attached to the report. A bibliography includes all sources from which you gathered information.
3. The president wants to focus on your ideas, not your errors. Be sure to check for clarity and appropriate word usage; complete sentences; correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.
4. As the head of your department you should demonstrate substantial understanding about your department and your priority program.
5. In order to get a favorable response from the president, be sure to follow all guidelines as outlined in the attached rubric.
6. In the report describe the top priority program for your department:
• How does this program fit into the official mission of your department?
• Why is your department best suited to run this program?
• Is this a new program or an existing program?
• What problem does the program solve? How significant is the problem? Give evidence, not anecdote.
• What is the estimated fiscal impact of the program and how does it fit into your department’s budget?
• Why should the program be important to the president?

RESOURCES
The Federal Executive Departments can be individually accessed through the following homepages:
The President’s Cabinet: http://www.whitehouse.gov/government/cabinet.html
Department of Agriculture: http://www.usda.gov/
Department of Commerce: http://www.doc.gov/
Department of Defense: http://www.defenselink.mil/
Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov/
Department of Energy: http://www.energy.gov/
Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/
Department of Housing and Urban Development: http://www.hud.gov/
Department of the Interior: http://www.doi.gov/
Department of Justice: http://www.usdoj.gov
Department of State: http://www.state.gov/
Department of Transportation: http://www.dot.gov/
Department of the Treasury: http://www.ustreas.gov/
Department of Veterans Affairs: http://www.va.gov/
Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/

 

 

 

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Given the incessantly changing food landscape in the United States, food sources have become more global with supply chains assuming more complex systems compared to the previous years. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is directly involved in the management of the alterations relating to immense areas of food processing and food distribution. Some of the processes undertaken by the department include inspection of domestic food, exports, and imports, creating public awareness regarding food safety and carrying out risk assessments. Due to the immense prominence of food safety and its sensitivity to related maladies, the United States Department of Agriculture’s objective is to implement a comprehensive program that contains various policies and partnership with discordant organizations to ensure food safety for all American citizens (Usda.gov, 2015).

The United States Department of Agriculture is best suited to run this program given its direct involvement in and management of food processing and food distribution. It goes without saying that food safety is very important, and the department must engage with regional and foreign food industries, regional and international organizations as well as the consumers to ensure the success of the program. For instance, the United States Department of Agriculture engages with the United States Foods and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure the non-contamination of food. The program incorporates existing programs with which reference must be made and new policies that when implemented will foster food safety in the United States.

The incidences of contamination and outbreaks of foodborne diseases have caused major consequences on the public health. Approximately forty-eight million cases of foodborne maladies occur every year in the United States. The devastating effect of such incidences is the hospitalization of approximately 128,000 citizens and 3,000 cases of death. These incidents and outbreaks cause major disruptions in the food system of the country while incurring huge economic losses as well as making citizens lose confidence in the nation’s food supply (Fda.gov, 2015).  As a result of alterations in the food processing and distribution, increase in food imports and the existing risk of emerging foodborne pathogens, the United States Department of Agriculture must roll out this novel program to safeguard America’s food. The program is organized into three divisions: safeguarding public health and prevention of foodborne maladies, fostering public outreach and education (awareness), and enhancing technical support and capacity development in food safety.

Safeguarding public health and prevention of foodborne maladies

USDA has been and will continue to be at the forefront of protecting the consumers from the hazards of food pathogen such as E. coli through the adoption and implementation of a zero-tolerance policy on additional strains of the pathogens in beef products. The policy ensures that the hazardous pathogens are detected and eradicated before they can reach consumers (Hanlon, Brashears, Vi Pham, Guillen, O’Quinn & Brooks et al. 2015).  With the implementation of stricter standards and measures for Salmonella and novel measures for Campylobacter, the