Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Great Federal Employees Initiative

Honoree for Week of August 6, 2009

Pearlie Reed

Assistant Secretary for Administration, USDA

Pearlie Reed was raised on a farm in the rural town of Heth, Arkansas, and he attended the University of Arkansas in Pine Bluff. He joined the USDA in 1968 as a student-intern for the Soil Conservation Service, and in the years that followed rose steadily in the from an entry-level soil conservator to District Conservationist, to Deputy State Conservationist, and he was eventually appointed as the State Conservationist for Maryland and California. In 1998, Pearlie was promoted to Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service and was named Regional Conservationist for the Western U.S. in 2002. Pearlie retired from the USDA a year later, but in 2009 Secretary Vilsack called him out of retirement and asked President Obama to appoint him as Assistant Secretary for Administration.

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