There is established in the Department of Agriculture the position of Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety. The Under Secretary shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from among individuals with specialized training or significant experience in food safety or public health programs.
7 U.S. Code § 6981. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety
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(b) Functions of Under Secretary
(1) Principal functions
(d) Technical and scientific review groupsThe Secretary, acting through the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, may, without regard to the provisions of title 5 governing appointment in the competitive service, and without regard to the provisions of chapter 51 and subchapter III of chapter 53 of title 5 relating to classification and General Schedule pay rates—
appoint and pay the members of the groups, except that officers and employees of the United States shall not receive additional compensation for service as a member of a group.