Sound Off: How many people will lose their jobs at the USDA office in Lawrence that is closing?
The USDA announced Monday that it would be closing 259 offices and other department centers as part of a plan to save $150 million a year. Among the offices set to close is the Food Safety Inspection Service district office at 4920 Bob Billings Parkway. The office has eight employees, all of whom will be offered an opportunity to transfer to other jobs within USDA, said Matt Herrick, a department spokesman in Washington, D.C. “We will support them with transfer incentives,” he said. The Lawrence office is set to close by Sept. 30, 2013, as its management support is consolidated with another of the district’s remaining 10 district offices.