April 18, 2019—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is posting its enforcement activity summary data in a new format designed to provide stakeholders with a broader view of the Agency’s efforts to promote compliance with regulations to protect American agriculture. The new summary data will include information about enforcement efforts in the areas of biotechnology, agricultural quarantine inspection, animal and plant health, and animal welfare and horse protection. APHIS’ Investigative and Enforcement Services (IES) investigates alleged violations of the statutes and regulations administered by Agency programs.
This will expand the available data to present an overall view of the Agency’s enforcement activities and allow customers to see the annual data from IES in one central location. APHIS is making these changes to provide better context on all of its enforcement activities.
The new format includes data charts and a more thorough explanation of IES’ functions, particularly as they relate to the investigative, enforcement, and regulatory support services for the four APHIS programs it serves, as well as for agricultural quarantine inspection activities carried out by the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
APHIS is also issuing the Fiscal Year 2018 Impact Report for its Animal Care (AC) program. The Impact Report, together with the enforcement summaries, provides a full picture of APHIS’ work to ensure the welfare of animals through inspections, support, customer service, training, emergency support and enforcement.
To avoid confusion, APHIS is archiving its enforcement summaries for previous years as they cannot be readily compared to the new format. APHIS will make annual updates to the enforcement data and activities in the new format going forward.
The new content will be available at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/business-services/ies.