[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 41 (Monday, March 2, 2020)]
[Page 12251]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-04158]



National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders on Agency Services

AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

ACTION: Request for written stakeholder input.


SUMMARY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is 
requesting written stakeholder input on agency services.
    The purpose of this Notice is to assist NIFA in optimizing delivery 
of services and better serve stakeholders' and partners' research, 
extension, and education needs. NIFA plans to consider all stakeholder 
input received in response to this Notice.

DATES: Submission of stakeholder input to the target questions will be 
open upon publishing of the Notice through 5 p.m. Eastern time April 
03, 2020.
    Comments: Written comments are due by 5 p.m. Eastern time April 03, 
2020. Written comments must be emailed to [email protected] with 
the Subject Title, ``NIFA Service Delivery Input.'' Comments received 
after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Hoffman, 202-401-1112 (phone), 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As NIFA enters its second decade, the agency 
seeks stakeholder input on how to optimize delivery of services in 
order to enhance NIFA's ability to provide excellent customer service 
to external and internal partners. This stakeholder input opportunity 
informs the effectiveness and efficiency of NIFA by optimizing service 
delivery approaches to be aligned with current business practices and 
technologies in order to better meet the agency's mission of investing 
in and advancing agricultural research, education, and extension to 
solve societal challenges.
    Stakeholders are asked to respond to the following questions:
    (1.) How can NIFA improve delivery of capacity programs in order to 
best support research and extension?
    (2.) What changes should NIFA consider regarding implementation of 
competitive programs?
    (3.) How can NIFA increase transparency and effectiveness?
    (4.) What steps can NIFA take to enhance customer experience?
    NIFA welcomes stakeholder input from any group or individual 
interested in the agency's delivery of services. NIFA is eager to 
listen to stakeholder's comments on solutions and opportunities that 
will facilitate a more efficient and customer focused NIFA in the near 
future and beyond. This input opportunity will focus only on NIFA's 
delivery of services.

    Done at Washington, DC, this 20th day of February 2020.
Stephen L. Censky,
Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
[FR Doc. 2020-04158 Filed 2-28-20; 8:45 am]