Assistant Administrator, Office of Field Operations (OFO)
Dan Engeljohn, PhD, has been with the U.S. Department of Agriculture since 1979 and was named Assistant Administrator for the Office of Field Operations in the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) at USDA in June 2012. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that the risk management policies for food safety and animal welfare are effectively conducted every day by nearly 7,800 employees in approximately 6,000 meat, poultry, and processed egg, and import facilities.
With an eye to ensuring effective implementation of policy, Dr. Engeljohn focuses on consistent and standardized application of food safety policies by the field employees in the 10 district offices under his purview. He has placed a particular emphasis on providing field inspectors with adequate training so that they can correctly interpret the laws that they are charged with implementing.
Engeljohn is also responsible for the field staff’s utilization of USDA’s Public Health Information System (PHIS), a web-based application that integrates and automates the Department’s paper-based business processes into one comprehensive data-based inspection system.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Engeljohn served as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Policy and Program Development (OPPD). In his 26 years with OPPD, he developed food safety policies and procedures to ensure that FSIS fulfills its mission. His years as Assistant Administrator for OPPD laid the foundation for success in his current role implementing policies and procedures with consistency and uniformity.
In his 34 years of experience as a government regulator of the food industry, Dr. Engeljohn has served as a scientific spokesperson on food safety strategies, including food irradiation and pathogen control procedures.
Engeljohn earned a PhD in Nutrition, Howard University, Washington, DC, specializing in Human Experimental Nutrition, and has taught an introductory nutrition course at the university for 17 years. He received his Bachelor’s and Masters’ degrees at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.