Trump’s expected pick for top USDA scientist is not a scientist


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Under the 2008 Farm Bill, its leader is supposed to serve as the agency's "chief scientist" and be chosen "from among distinguished scientists with specialized or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics." But Sam Clovis - who, according to sources with knowledge of the appointment and members of the agriculture trade press, is President Trump's pick to oversee the section - appears to have no such credentials.

U.S. personnel management hack preventable, congressional probe finds

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management did not follow rudimentary cyber security recommendations that could have mitigated or even prevented major attacks that compromised sensitive data belonging to more than 22 million people, a congressional investigation being released on Wednesday has found. Two breaches at the federal agency detected in 2014 and 2015 were made worse by lax security culture and ineffective leadership, which failed to harness available tools that could have stopped or limited the intrusions, according to the report from the Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.