FY 2008-2013 Strategic Plan: Executive Summary
The complete Strategic Plan is available as a PDF file. (54pp, 1.5mb)
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Management Council and their designated representatives on the Strategic Planning and Reporting Team created the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008-2013 Strategic Plan in order to prepare for important new challenges and opportunities that are likely to arise in the coming years. The Plan outlines six goals which reflect the Agency's public health responsibilities. The following goals will help Agency leadership and staffs focus on the day-to-day activities as the entire Agency works toward a vision of the future:
- Goal 1 - Enhance inspection and enforcement systems and operations to protect public health.
- Goal 2 - Enhance the use of risk analysis and vulnerability assessments in FSIS' approach to protecting public health.
- Goal 3 - Enhance the development of science and risk-based policies and systems.
- Goal 4 - Enhance the development and maintenance of an integrated and robust data collection and analysis system to verify the effectiveness and efficiency of Agency programs.
- Goal 5 - Enhance the development and maintenance of an innovative infrastructure to support the Agency's mission and programs.
- Goal 6 - Enhance the effectiveness of Agency outreach and communications to achieve public health goals.
FSIS used the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)'s Circular A-11 as a guide in developing the Strategic Plan. This Strategic Plan addresses the key components of the circular. OMB developed sections of the A-11 in order for agencies to maintain compliance with the Strategic Planning requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA).
Congress enacted GPRA in an effort to focus on government management, performance, and results. GPRA establishes requirements for Strategic Planning, performance goals, and ultimately the measurement of success in meeting those goals. Strategic plans, annual performance-based budgets, and annual performance reports comprise the main elements of GPRA. Together, these elements create a recurring cycle of planning, programming, budgeting, accounting, financial management, and reporting.
The Agency formulated its strategic goals and vision around the FSIS Administrator's priorities and the National Academy of Sciences model for a public health regulatory agency. The three areas of emphasis in the model are Assessment, Policy Development, and Assurance. The areas are not unrelated and independent; they are interdependent. The ongoing activities in one have an effect on the other two, and form a "feedback loop" involving all FSIS offices.
FSIS will focus on six Administrator priorities over the next five years. These priorities will drive policies, goals, and actions. The priorities are: Continued Evolution of Inspection and Enforcement, Data and Risk Analysis, Food Defense, Communications, Management Controls and Efficiency, and Training, Education, and Outreach.