FGA Criticizes President Biden’s Appointment of Stacy Dean to Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services

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NAPLES, FL–The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) strongly condemns President Biden’s appointment of Stacy Dean to Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNCS). Dean currently serves as Deputy Under Secretary in the division.

At a time when employers have a record 11.5 million open jobs, labor force participation remains near a 45-year-low, and millions of able-bodied adults on food stamps are still sitting on the sidelines, President Biden’s nomination will trap more able-bodied adults in government dependency and make the national labor shortage even worse.

As Deputy Under Secretary for FNCS, Dean’s legally questionable and ill-conceived 25 percent increase to food stamp benefits was not only unprecedented, but abandoned the cost-neutral policy the department had followed for 45 years. This move displayed Dean’s blatant disregard for program transparency by failing to even consult USDA’s own Chief Economist. Worse yet, this move went far beyond Congressional authority granted under the 2018 Farm Bill.

Before her time with the Biden administration, Dean served as vice president at the far left Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), where she worked to exploit welfare loopholes that let able-bodied adults avoid work, and trapped millions of Americans in dependency.

“Dean has spent her career helping bureaucrats use loopholes and gimmicks to gut work requirements for able-bodied adults and bypass federal eligibility requirements, even going so far as to help states make millionaires qualify for the program,” said Jonathan Ingram, Vice President of Policy and Research for FGA. “The Senate should exercise its advise and consent role seriously and oppose Dean’s nomination for Under Secretary.” 

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The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is a non-profit, multi-state think tank that promotes public policy solutions to create opportunities for every American to experience the American Dream. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.