Assistant Administrator, Office of Data Integration and Food Protection (ODIFP)
Ms. Terri Nintemann was appointed as Assistant Administrator of the Office of Data Integration and Food Protection (ODIFP) in the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in June 2011, having served as Acting Assistant Administrator since September 2010. Ms. Nintemann leads the collection, analysis, and integration of Agency data across program areas. She also oversees the development and implementation of procedures to prepare for, respond to, and recover from food emergencies. Additionally, she is responsible for oversight of the agency’s food defense activities.
Under her leadership, FSIS has taken steps to increase data availability and transparency. She led the development of annual sampling plans, started for Fiscal Year 2012, which provide a comprehensive summary of the agency’s sampling activities. Prior to the annual sampling plans, she led an agency wide effort to document the history of FSIS sampling programs, which was released in 2011. Her office has also re-implemented the public health regulations decision criterion, one of the key criteria to use inspection findings to inform agency decision making. Under Ms. Nintemann’s leadership, ODIFP also led a broad review of the agency’s microbiological sampling programs and initiated efforts to better design those programs to estimate prevalence. Finally, she has led the agency’s reporting through PHIS with reports now available for Federal, state and industry users. She serves as the lead for FSIS Strategic Goal 4: Strengthen Collaboration Among Internal and External Stakeholders to Prevent Foodborne Illness.
Ms. Nintemann is the chair of the FSIS Enterprise Steering Board, which leads Agency reviews of or implementation of new initiatives that impact multiple program areas. She is also a tri-lead, along with two other executives, of the FSIS Data Coordination Committee, which coordinates Agency data activities and provides feedback on data analysis within FSIS. Ms. Nintemann is the FSIS representative to the USDA Security Council, charged with improving coordination of security activities—physical and information—within the Department, and she also represents FSIS on the federal Border Interagency Executive Council, which is focused on interagency collaboration regarding imports. Additionally, she serves on the Secretary’s Executive Resources Board as a FSIS mission area representative.
A lifelong agricultural enthusiast and Minnesota native, Ms. Nintemann joined FSIS in 2003 as the Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Office of Public Affairs, Education, and Outreach. In 2006, she was named Assistant Administrator of the office, now known as the Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education. Prior to joining USDA, Ms. Nintemann was a professional staff member and legislative director for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry from 1992 to 2003. She served as a legislative director for Congressman Dave Camp from 1991 to 1992. From 1986 to 1991 she was a staff member for Senator Rudy Boschwitz.
Ms. Nintemann’s passion for public service is rooted in her participation in FFA and 4-H as a young adult. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a minor in Ag Economics.