The spellbinding mock history of the Department of Agriculture's most secretive and vital agency The little-kwn USDA Agency of Invasive Species -- founded by President and humble peanut farmer Jimmy Carter -- would like to reassure you that they rank among the most effective and cost-efficient offices within the sprawling federal bureaucracy. For decades, under Administrative Director Adam Humphrey and his strategic disengagement approach, the Agency has epitomized vigilance against the clear and present danger of xious weeds. Humphrey's record of triumphant inertia faces only two obstacles. The first is reality; the second is the loud critic who dares to question the magic behind the Agency's success: Nicholas Bader. Formerly kwn as President Reagan's bloody right hand, Bader is on an obsessive quest to trim the fat from the federal budget. Full of oddball characters who shed light on the daily operations of Beltway minions, THE WEED AGENCY showcasesa world in which federal budgets balloon every year, where a career can be built upon the skill of rationalizing astromical expenses, and where the word 'accountability' sends roars of laughter through DC office buildings. That's life inside the federal Agency of Invasive Species... and it may sound suspiciously similar to your reality.
Jim Geraghty is a blogger and contributing editor at National Review, and writes columns for the New York Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Guardian. He's the author of the daily newsletter The Morning Jolt. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia.