United States v. Davis, No. 17-3030, 2018 WL 6288077 (8th Cir. Dec. 3, 2018); Appellant pleaded guilty to seventeen counts of wire fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1343 and 3237. Over the course of thirteen months, Appellant fraudulently obtained $262,691 in benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) in various states. The district court sentenced Appellant to 120 months’ imprisonment. The court affirms the conviction.


Interim rule with request for comments: Office of the Secretary, USDA; The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing an interim rule for the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation Compliance provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended. This rulemaking clarifies how USDA delineates, determines, and certifies wetlands located on subject land in a manner sufficient for making determinations of ineligibility for certain USDA program benefits. USDA is seeking comments from the public about these clarifications that will be considered prior to issuing a final rule. Info HERE

Notice of Performance Review Board appointments.: Office of Human Resource Management, Departmental Administration, USDA: This notice announces the members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and Senior Level (SL) and Scientific or Professional (ST) Performance Review Board. Agriculture has two PRBs that are represented by each Mission Area. The PRB is comprised of a Chairperson and a mix of career and noncareer senior executives and senior professionals that meet annually to review and evaluate performance appraisal documents and provides a written recommendation to the Secretary for final approval of each executive’s performance rating, performance-based pay adjustment, and performance award. Info HERE