Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Departmental Regulation 4020-250-1

Office of Human Resources Management

USDA Human Capital Accountability System


This Departmental Regulation (DR) establishes the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) policy and assigns responsibility to implement a Department-wide accountability system that contributes to Mission Area, Agency, and Staff Office performance by:
a. Aligning human capital goals and programs with USDA’s mission and priorities;
b. Systematically monitoring and evaluating the results of human capital management policies, programs, and activities;
c. Analyzing compliance with merit system principles; and
d. Identifying necessary improvements and promoting best practices.


USDA is committed to accomplishing its mission through the strategic management of human capital. The quality and effectiveness of USDA’s human capital management programs directly impact the productivity, efficiency, and mission accomplishment of each Mission Area, Agency, and Staff Office.
This DR establishes USDA policy for human capital assessment and accountability and is established consistent with the requirements in Civil Service Rule X, codified as 5 CFR 10.2; the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-296 and also known as the Chief Human Capital Officers Act); 5 CFR Part 250; delegated examining authority as set forth in Interagency Delegated Examining Agreement, DOA-1; and the Demonstration Project Authority (Public Law 105-277). As necessary and appropriate, the Department will coordinate accountability activities with other oversight entities including, but not limited to, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Office of Special Counsel (OSC), and the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The Director, Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), has authority to ensure executives, managers, supervisors, and each USDA servicing human resources (HR) office adheres to this DR and to the merit system principles.
This DR is to be used with the USDA Accountability Handbook, which provides necessary details about the conduct and requirements of accountability review activities.


This policy supersedes the Departmental Regulation DR 4020-250-001 USDA Human Capital Accountability System, dated September 22, 2006.