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USDA under secretary nominee

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

The Obama administration nominates Kevin Concannon as Department of Agriculture under secretary for food, nutrition and consumer cervices. If confirmed, Concannon will serve with Secretary Tom Vilsack and replace acting Under Secretary Beth Johnson (1"The Tan Sheet" Sept. 29, 2008, p. 14). Concannon served as director of the Iowa Department of Human Services from 2003 to 2008, according to an April 17 release. He also was director of health and human services agencies in Maine and Oregon

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