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FDA Presents Award to State of Iowa

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter July/August 2003 Volume XVIII, No 4

FDA was proud to present the Iowa Department of Agriculture’s Feed and Fertilizer Bureau with the Federal Leveraging/Collaboration Award in recognition of their exemplary efforts in performing contract inspections including BSE (‘mad-cow’) inspections in light of a difficult budget situation in 2002. The citation read: For your exemplary and creative efforts in overcoming significant resource constraints to accomplish work plan and performance goals.

In FY 2002, FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) requested the field offices to conduct targeted BSE inspections of 100% of all renderers and feed mills handling prohibited material. A review of the national BSE/medicated feed inventory indicated that nearly 45% of the firms were located in the Kansas City District Office’s (KAN-DO) area of responsibility. In order to meet ORA’s performance and work plan performance goals, FDA’s Kansas City District Office and their State partners needed to conduct a total of 740 inspections. Fifty-six percent (412 inspections) were located in the State of Iowa, and 77% of those inspections (318 inspections) were contracted to be conducted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) personnel.

In October 2001, the State of Iowa encountered significant budget cuts resulting in the loss of 50% of its staff who performed contract inspections, including BSE inspections, as well as the loss of key supervisory personnel, including the Bureau Chief. The changes left only one State investigator in the field with 318 inspections assigned. However, the State notified FDA that it could not meet its contractual obligations given the State’s severe budget situation.

Robert Wilson, Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer in FDA’s Kansas City District Office (KAN-DO), encouraged State officials to be creative in their approach to obtaining additional resources to perform inspections. He committed himself and his staff to work closely with the State to accomplish inspections and fulfill contractual requirements, and meet FDA’s performance goals. Through extraordinary efforts in work planning and streamlining of inspectional approaches, the Kansas City District, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and another State agency successfully completed 318 medicated feed/BSE inspections in addition to 38 tissue residue investigations for KAN-DO.

Bill Sedgwick, FDA Kansas City District Director, presented the award in Des Moines. In his remarks, Director Sedgwick said the Iowa Department of Agriculture’s feed and fertilizer inspectors are “a top-notch crew” and even under serious budget constraints “did an exceptional job of completing their inspections, and without their hard work, we could not have obtained our goals. Iowa should be proud.”