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U.S. Department of Agriculture - APHIS

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture with a broad mission area that includes: protecting and promoting agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. APHIS has approximately 8,000 employees, worldwide.

APHIS' Politically Savvy Memos course is a 3-part course that covers informational memos, briefing memos, and decision memos. The informational memo segment focuses on identifying the audience and purpose for the memo in addition to understanding the needs of the reader. The briefing memo segment focuses on developing talking points intended to be spoken by the memo recipient during a meeting. The decision memo segment focuses on identifying the problem to be solved, developing options, constructing a logical and parallel assessment of the options, and providing a recommendation.

URL:   www.aphis.usda.gov
Source of Official Student Records:   All records are maintained in the USDA AgLearn system, including name of candidate and date of course. Course grades are maintained by the instructors.
How Results are Reported:   Students receive an email from the instructors with their final assessment and feedback from each segment from the course. Students may also access their records of completion and pass/fail on USDA AgLearn. Rating turnaround time is usually within 10 days.
Retake Policy:   Students who do not pass or complete any assignment during the course, may - with faculty concurrence and assistance and within two weeks after the end of the course segment - re-write the document to be re-graded. Faculty commit to working with students if they are willing and able to continue striving for success.

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