Planning & Performance Agenda 2014: A Year in Review
Executive Summary: FSIS FY 2014 Performance
FY 2014 was a year once again marked by collaborative agency activity supporting our public health objectives. From the implementation of cross-agency working group findings to the introduction of new and innovative food safety policies and sampling techniques, FSIS remained steadfast in its advancement toward being an agile and modern food safety agency.
As the agency’s performance agenda fosters continual improvement through strategic planning and program performance, FSIS is repeatedly evaluating and improving its approach to food safety operations. This Year in Review report includes the organization’s goals, objectives, and measures that guide FSIS’ work to reduce the presence of foodborne pathogens and residues and reduce foodborne illness.
To achieve movement in these key areas, FSIS monitors its supporting goals, measures, and corresponding activities year-round as these supporting activities are critical to achieving positive results. Using portfolio management tools such as tracking performance against targets, and assigning color ratings, the agency is able to monitor its ongoing performance and implement effective decisionmaking to improve outcomes. Assigning scores such as green, yellow, and red provides agency management with indicators of FSIS’ progress or challenges to making headway on preventing foodborne illness and protecting public health.
For example, FSIS has been pursuing improvements in risk reduction, food inspection, and compliance. And in FY 2014, the agency focused on improving food safety by tackling Salmonella and other pathogens and is modernizing the poultry slaughter system. With the publication of a final poultry slaughter modernization rule in 2014, FSIS is now planning for the implementation of the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS). NPIS focuses inspectors’ attention and activity on functions that detect and prevent pathogens from entering the food supply. It’s a science-based system that should prevent more than 5,000 illnesses a year.
Another important effort supporting the agency mission involves outreach to stakeholders, domestic and international. With respect to international stakeholders, FSIS created the Office of International Coordination (OIC) within the Office of the Administrator to coordinate the agency’s activities to address international issues. Regarding all stakeholders, FSIS has made education and information a large part of its fight against foodborne illness. FY 2014 marked the first full year of a new website that uses responsive design principles—the user’s view of the site is optimized for the device type, be it desktop, tablet, or smartphone. This way, consumers, as well as industry and scientists, can access answers to questions on their own terms in a method that displays properly no matter how they access the site.
The agency work is also committed to the humane treatment of animals. FSIS has taken significant steps over the last year to strengthen its ability to enforce humane handling laws at livestock slaughter facilities nationwide, through the use of a systematic approach to compliance.
The story in this year’s report is one of agency employees and leadership devoting their time, focus, and commitment to keeping the American public safe. The goals, objectives, and measures outlined in this document are the foundation of how FSIS achieves its mission, and each of its programs draws on them to ensure that the food we regulate is safe and foodborne illnesses are prevented. The following pages illustrate FSIS achievements during FY 2014, while also noting those areas where FSIS must remain vigilant in order to close the gap on threats to the food supply in FY 2015.
FY 2014 at a Glance
Key Measures Improved
- 7.3.1: Percent of workplace injury/illness cases Brought workplace injuries down to 5.47% this year from 8.65% in 2013.
- 6.1.1: Percent of food safety appeals granted Brought granted food safety appeals down to 10% from 50% in 2013, exceeding 2014 target by 29.7% points.
We have met/exceeded 72% of our targets for the year.
We improved our data collection and collected data for 35 or 36 measures—up from only 21 or 36 measures in 2012.
Did We Meet Our Goals?
- GOAL 2 Compliance, Enforcement & Humane Handling
- GOAL 4 Prevention Through Collaboration
- GOAL 5 Science-Driven Analysis
- GOAL 6 Effective Policy
- GOAL 8 Innovative Methodology
- GOAL 1 Inspection & Public Health
- GOAL 7 Employee Empowerment
- GOAL 3 Public Education & Outreach