Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Departmental Regulation 4020-250-002

Office of Human Resources Management

Position Management and Vacancy Control


This directive establishes the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) policy and framework for managing positions and filling vacancies throughout USDA, with an overall goal of conserving resources, while sustaining the USDA mission and improving the delivery of services to stakeholders. When filling positions, creating new organizations or establishing new missions (with additional staff), supervisors and managers must deliberately consider workforce planning and position management principles together with annual workforce and succession plans. Supporting documentation developed through this process will also provide the framework to justify reorganization of units through the Department Regulation (DR) 1010-001, Organization.