Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection Charter
NACMPI Charter - PDF version
- Official Designation
The Committee shall be known as the National
Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI),
hereafter referred to as the Committee or the NACMPI.
The Committee is established to advise
the Secretary, as authorized under section 301(a) (4) of the Federal
Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) (21 U.S.C. 661(a) (4)) to carry out the
responsibilities imposed by sections 7(c), 24, 205, 301(a) (3), and
301(c) of the FMIA (21 U.S.C. 607(c), 624, 645, 661(a) (3), and
661(c)), and authorized under section 5(s) (4) of the Poultry
Products Inspection Act (PPIA)(21 U.S.C. 454 (a) (4) to carry out
the responsibilities imposed by sections 5(a) (3), 5(c), 8(b), and
11(e) of the PPIA (21 U.S.C. 454(a) (3), 454(c), 457(b), and
NACMPI is also authorized by the provisions of the Federal Advisory
Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2.
- Objective and Scope of Activities
of the Committee is to provide advice to the Secretary concerning
State and Federal programs with respect to meat, poultry, and
processed egg products inspection; food safety; and other matters
that fall within the scope of the FMIA, PPIA and the Egg Products
Inspection Act (EPIA).
- Description of Duties
The duties of the NACMPI are solely
advisory in nature.
- Agency or Official to Whom the Committee Reports
The Committee reports
to the Secretary of Agriculture through the Under Secretary for Food
The Food Safety and Inspection Service
will provide administrative staff support to the Committee.
- Estimated Annual Operating Costs and Staff Years
The total budget for NACMPI will be $50,000 per fiscal year, with
.13 of one full time employee (FTE). In the performance of their
duties away from their homes or regular places of business,
Committee members may be allowed reimbursement for travel expenses
including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by 5 U.S.C.
- Designated Federal Officer (DFO)
Federal employee, appointed in accordance with agency procedures
serves as the DFO. The DFO will approve the advisory committee’s and
subcommittees’ meetings, prepare and approve all meeting agendas,
attend all committee and subcommittee meetings, adjourn any meeting
when the DFO determines adjournment to be in the public interest,
and chair meetings when directed to do so by the official to whom
the advisory committee reports.
- Estimated Number and Frequency of Meetings
Committee will meet 1-2 times each year and the subcommittees will
meet as deemed necessary by the Chairperson and the DFO.
- Duration of the Committee
- Termination Date
The Committee shall terminate
two years from the date this charter is filed, unless the Secretary
of Agriculture determines prior to that date that continuation of
work is not in the public interest.
- Membership and Designation
12a. This Committee shall be fairly balanced in its membership in
terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be
performed. Staggering membership terms and limiting the number of
renewed memberships assist in maintaining a balanced membership.
12b. Equal opportunity practices in accordance with USDA policies
will be followed in all appointments to the Committee. To ensure
that the recommendations of the Committee have taken into account
the needs of the diverse groups served by USDA, membership shall
include, to the extent possible, individuals with demonstrated
ability to represent minorities, women and persons with
12c. The USDA prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and
activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age,
disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial
status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political
beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an
individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.
The Secretary of Agriculture appoints the membership of the
Committee. Furthermore, members serve for two-year terms, and can
serve no more than two consecutive terms. Membership shall consist
of not more than 20 individuals with diverse capabilities
distinguished by their knowledge and interest in meat and poultry
safety and other FSIS responsibilities. Members shall be drawn from
representatives of state and local governments; industry and trade
associations; public health, scientific, and academic communities;
and consumers and consumer organizations.
The Associate Commissioner for Food Protection of the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration, or his or her representative, and the Director
of the Food Safety Office of the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, or his or her representative, shall be ex officio
members of the Committee.
12d. The Secretary of Agriculture or designee will appoint the
Chairperson who is recognized for his and her ability to lead a
group in a fair and focused manner and who has been briefed on the
mission of this Committee.
12e. Ethics Statement
To maintain the highest levels of honesty, integrity and ethical
conduct, no Committee or subcommittee member shall participate in
any “specific party matters” (i.e., matters are narrowly focused and
typically involve specific transactions between identified parties)
such as a lease, license, permit, contract, claim, grant, agreement,
or related litigation with the Department in which the member has a
direct or indirect financial interest. This includes the requirement
for Committee or Subcommittee members to immediately disclose to the
DFO any specific party matter in which the member’s immediate
family, relatives, business partners or employer would be directly
seeking to financially benefit from the Committee’s recommendations.
All members will receive ethics training to identify and avoid any
actions that would cause the public to question the integrity of the
Committee’s advice and recommendations. Members who are appointed as
“Representatives” are not subject to Federal ethics laws because
such appointment allows them to represent the point(s) of view of a
particular group, business sector or segment of the public.
Members appointed as “Special Government Employees” (SGEs) are
considered intermittent Federal employees and are subject to Federal
ethics laws. SGE’s are appointed due to their personal knowledge,
academic scholarship, background or expertise. No SGE may
participate in any activity in which the member has a prohibited
financial interest. Appointees who are SGEs are required to complete
and submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450 form)
and, upon request, USDA will assist SGEs in preparing these
financial reports. To ensure the highest level of compliance with
applicable ethical standards USDA will provide ethics training to
SGEs on an annual basis. The provisions of these paragraphs are not
meant to exhaustively cover all Federal ethics laws and do not
affect any other statutory or regulatory obligations to which
advisory committee members are subject.
The Food Safety and Inspection
Service has the authority to create subcommittees. Subcommittees
must report back to the parent committee, and must not provide
advice or work products directly to the Agency.
The records of this Committee,
formally and informally established subcommittees, or other
subgroups of the committee, shall be handled in accordance with
General Records Schedule 26, Item 2 or other approved agency records
disposition schedule. These records shall be available for public
inspection and copying, subject to the Freedom of Information Act, 5
U.S.C. 552. Information about this Committee is available online at:
- Filing Date
August 23, 2012