The Secretary is authorized to establish in the Department the positions of—
(1)Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Congressional Relations;
(2)Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Administration; and
(3)Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Civil Rights.
(b) Confirmation required
If the Secretary establishes any position of Assistant Secretary authorized under paragraph (1) or (3) of subsection (a), the Assistant Secretary shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
(c) Duties of Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Civil Rights
The Secretary may delegate to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights responsibility for—
(1)ensuring compliance with all civil rights and related laws by all agencies and under all programs of the Department;
(2)coordinating administration of civil rights laws (including regulations) within the Department for employees of, and participants in, programs of the Department; and
(3)ensuring that necessary and appropriate civil rights components are properly incorporated into all strategic planning initiatives of the Department and agencies of the Department.
2012—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 112–166, § 2(a)(1)(A), substituted “paragraph (1) or (3) of subsection (a)” for “subsection (a)”.
Subsecs. (c), (d). Pub. L. 112–166, § 2(a)(1)(B), (C), which directed that subsec. (b) be amended by striking out subsec. (c) and redesignating subsec. (d) as (c), was executed by making the amendment to the entire section, striking out subsec. (c) and redesignating subsec. (d) as (c), to reflect the probable intent of Congress. Prior to amendment, text of subsec. (c) read as follows: “Any official who is serving as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Administration or Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Congressional Relations on October 13, 1994, and who was appointed as such Assistant Secretary by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall not be required to be reappointed under subsection (b) of this section to the successor position authorized under subsection (a) of this section if the Secretary establishes the position, and the official occupies the new position, within 180 days after October 13, 1994 (or such later date set by the Secretary if litigation delays rapid succession).”
Subsecs. (d), (e). Pub. L. 107–171, § 10704(a)(2), added subsec. (d) and struck out former subsecs. (d) and (e), which amended section
5315 of Title
5, Government Organization and Employees, and section
3128 of this title and repealed sections
2212c of this title and section 2 of Reorg. Plan No. 2 of 1953, set out as a note under section
2201 of this title.
1998—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105–277inserted “and” at end of par. (1), substituted a period for “; and” at end of par. (2), and struck out par. (3) which read as follows: “Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs.”
Effective Date of 2012 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 112–166effective 60 days after Aug. 10, 2012, and applicable to appointments made on and after that effective date, including any nomination pending in the Senate on that date, see section 6(a) ofPub. L. 112–166, set out as a note under section
113 of Title
6, Domestic Security.
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