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Economic Research Service

Susan E. Offutt became Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service on January 21, 1996 . The Economic Research Service is an agency that provides economic and other social science information and analysis for public and private decisions on agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural America . Prior to becoming Administrator of ERS, Susan was the Executive Director of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Agriculture, which conducts studies on a range of topics in agricultural science. Before taking over at the Board in January 1992, Susan was chief of the agriculture branch at the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the U.S. President. Susan served as assistant professor from 1982 to 1987 at the University of Illinois , where she taught econometrics and public policy in the agricultural economics department. She is past President of the American Agricultural Economics Association and served as an editor of the Review of Agricultural Economics . In 2002, she was named a Distinguished Executive of the United States Senior Executive Service and, in 2001, a Meritorious Executive. Susan received a B.S. degree from Allegheny College (1976) and a M.S. (1980) and Ph.D. (1982) from Cornell University .