Program Evaluation and Improvement Staff
The FSIS Program Evaluation and Improvement Staff (PEIS) provides leadership and technical expertise in all areas related to evaluation, survey administration, and audit liaison.
Read about Program Evaluation, Evaluation Design, and Data Collection for Evaluation.
PEIS evaluates Agency programs, coordinates and conducts Agency surveys, and serves as the Agency’s Audit Liaison with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG).
The Staff evaluates programs, policies, inspection methods, regulations, and directives. When a FSIS program office wants a formal evaluation of an existing or proposed program, PEIS meets with them to determine their evaluation objectives. PEIS then develops an evaluation plan, conducts the evaluation, and prepares a report. We can evaluate an entire program or just one of its components. Sometimes, the evaluation of a single program component can yield information that improves the entire program. A PEIS evaluation identifies strengths as well as weaknesses and suggests solutions. An evaluation can give a manager new insight and help develop policy options that improve the program.
PEIS leads the FSIS survey initiative and assists program areas that want to conduct surveys. PEIS can improve your proposed survey so it will yield more valid and reliable data. We can make your survey available online, compile its data, and analyze the results. PEIS maintains the FSIS Master Survey Schedule of all Agency surveys. FSIS programs that want to survey Agency employees should first contact the Agency Survey Coordinator in PEIS.
PEIS’ other primary responsibility is to guide FSIS programs through the audit process. As the Agency’s Audit Liaison, all GAO and OIG audit requests go through us and we schedule all meetings and conferences with the auditors. PEIS works with Agency program personnel to develop the official Agency responses to draft audit recommendations. In addition, we prepare the official responses that document the Agency's corrective actions to audit recommendations.
If you would like PEIS to evaluate your FSIS program, to survey an FSIS program, or if you have questions about the audit process, please contact us by email at PEISMailbox@fsis.usda.gov.