Accession Number : ADA111643

Title :   Lead Agency Responsibilities to Keep Informed of Personnel Needs in the Food and Agricultural Sciences are not being Fully Met.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV

PDF Url : ADA111643

Report Date : 28 Dec 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : The above comments from representatives of industry and Federal agencies that hire scientists trained in agriculturally related specialties illustrate that it is important for the Office of Higher Education to get a full range of views in order to keep adequately informed of scientific manpower issues. Industry officials and representatives of Federal agencies may perceive employment demand issues differently than does the academic community. Industry officials seem to be less concerned about hiring scientists with advanced degrees and more concerned about hiring junior college graduates in the food and agricultural sciences than the Office of Higher Education's supply/demand study indicates. Predictions of Federal agencies' scientific personnel needs need to be obtained from agency officials who are knowledgeable of current policy realities. In order to provide more balanced information, representatives of a cross section of users of food and agricultural scientists should be represented on any expert panels that the Office of Higher Education assembles, especially when information the Office generates may lead to congressional actions. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Agriculture, *Personnel, *Manpower, Food, Graduates, Requirements, Scientists

Subject Categories : Agricultural Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE