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Deputy Chief for Soil Science and Resource Assessment

Responsible for soil science, soil survey and resource assessment, technical assistance to foreign governments, international scientific and technical exchange, geospatial technologies (GIS, PNT, GPS, remote sensing) services and use, inventory and correlation of ecological site descriptions, conservation effects and assessment modeling, National Resources Inventory (NRI), resource analysis to support USDA policy making for conservation, snow survey and water supply forecasting, soil research and soil laboratory data analysis.

Deputy Chief for Soil Science and Resource AssessmentDr. Luis “Louie” Tupas is the Deputy Chief for Soil Science and Resource Assessment at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Dr. Tupas, a career member of the Senior Executive Service since 2014, served as the Deputy Director for Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment, the Acting Deputy Director for Food Science and Nutrition, and the Director for International Programs at the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Read more.

 


Deputy Chief for Science and Technology

Responsible for ensuring scientifically-sound conservation practices; technology acquisition, development, and transfer; and leading the Conservation Innovation Grants Program, Plant Materials Program, Watershed Dam Rehabilitation Program, and Emergency Watershed Protection Program.

Deputy Chief for Science and TechnologyDr. Diane Gelburd is the Deputy Chief for Science and Technology at USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). In this position, Diane provides Agency leadership and helps implement national policy to deliver the best conservation technology. She leads development of the science-based conservation tools, practice standards and associated documents to deliver conservation planning and implementation. Read more.

 


Deputy Chief for Programs

Responsible for financial assistance programs, easement programs and conservation technical assistance.

Deputy Chief for ProgramsJimmy Bramblett serves as the Deputy Chief for Programs (conservation planning and program delivery) with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). In this position, he is responsible for developing policies and procedures to invest the Agency’s 4-plus billion dollars of technical and financial resources in a customer service oriented and scientifically defensible manner. Read more.

 


Deputy Chief for Management and Strategy

Responsible for international programs, outreach and partnerships, policy and program analysis, and strategic support services.

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Deputy Chief for Management and StrategyLouis Aspey is the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Deputy Chief for Management and Strategy. In this role, he provides corporate leadership across workload analysis, budget formulation, outreach and partnerships, strategic support services and urban agriculture. Read more.