Office of Data Integration and Food Protection (ODIFP)
The Office of Data Integration and Food Protection (ODIFP) oversees all food defense activities of the Agency, developing and implementing procedures to prepare for, respond to, and recover from intentional and unintentional contamination and significant food emergencies and natural disasters affecting meat, poultry and processed egg products. ODIFP is also responsible for coordinating all of the Agency's data collection, analysis, and integration activities across program areas. ODIFP closely collaborates with other offices within FSIS to ensure adherence to emergency management policies, food defense directives, and the consistency and quality of data analyses.
Within ODIFP are three staffs, the Food Defense Assessment Staff, the Emergency Coordination Staff, and the Data Analysis and Integration Staff.
Food Defense Assessment Staff (FDAS)
Functional Statement - The Food Defense Assessment Staff provides the scientific and technical basis to support preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives. Further, FDAS provides advice and consultation to other government agencies and industry on all threats affecting the food supply. Specific key functions include conducting vulnerability assessments, providing guidance to industry on food defense plans and counter-measures, and interfacing with the intelligence community on gathering threat information. Through outreach and education, FDAS works cooperatively with industry to promote the adoption and application of food defense programs, best practices and guidelines, and helps small and very small plants develop their own prevention, response, and recovery strategies.
Emergency Coordination Staff (ECS)
Functional Statement - The Emergency Coordination Staff serves as the Agency's central office for managing and coordinating homeland security and emergency response activities for meat, poultry, and processed egg products to protect public health. The staff works closely with the Department and other Agencies and Departments in sharing information, strengthening communication, and coordinating preparation, response and recovery activities.
In the event of a large scale emergency or disaster, hurricanes for example, ECS facilitates FSIS' emergency response and recovery efforts. Activities may include working with other program areas, where personnel are working in disaster-affected areas, to report on the status of inspection services of meat, poultry and egg processing warehouses, import facilities and the status of our employees.
ECS coordinates FSIS' Emergency Management Committee. It is comprised of the Assistant Administrators or designees from each FSIS program area, with ODIFP's representative serving as Incident Commander (under the Incident Command System). ECS staff members serve as the Duty Officer and manage Incident Reports in the FSIS Incident Management System (FIMS). ECS serves as FSIS' main point of contact for Emergency Support Function (ESF) 11 activities, and coordinates the Agency's Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning and Human Pandemic Operations Planning. Finally, ECS also uses FIMS to help manage, track, and coordinate all significant incidents even if they do not require activation of the EMC.
Data Analysis and Integration Staff (DAIS)
Functional Statement - The Data Analysis and Integration Staff coordinates the Agency's data collection, analysis, and integration activities across all program areas. The DAIS is responsible for evaluating individual FSIS data streams, ensuring data analyses are consistent and of high quality, and conducting data analyses to inform Agency decisions; in addition to processing ad hoc and Freedom of Information Act data requests.
Intra-Agency Data Coordination Committee
The DAIS manages the Intra-Agency Data Coordination Committee (DCC).The DCC is responsible for coordinating Agency activities related to the initiation of new projects involving the collection, analysis and use of FSIS or other data. The DCC convenes at a minimum of one time per month to review significant data issues for the Agency and their policy ramifications. DCC members identify data collection, quality, or analysis issues for discussion at DCC meetings.
Organization of DAIS
The Data Analysis and Integration Staff has three branches: the Analytical Design Branch (ADB), the Applied Analysis Branch (AAB), and the Field Operations Analysis Branch (FOAB). These branches are responsible for the following:
The Analytical Design Branch (ADB) develops new ways for FSIS to use data to inform its activities and policies. The branch develops risk-based approaches to FSIS inspection and sampling activities. The branch also oversees the development of the predictive analytics component of the Public Health Information System (PHIS). This system will allow for the early detection of trends, patterns and anomalies of significance in FSIS data to protect public health. The ADB also ensures all Notices and Directives contain a data analysis section and it tracks the completion of those analyses. The ADB is involved in developing Agency-wide performance metrics, sampling activities, and new technology reviews.
The Applied Analysis Branch (AAB) produces routine data analysis reports for FSIS program areas and also responds to ad hoc requests for data and analysis, , as well as processing USDA, Congressional, and Freedom of Information Act data requests. The AAB produces routine and ad hoc reports using data contained in the FSIS Data Warehouse and other sources. The AAB also prepares public reports such as FSIS' quarterly Salmonella report.
The Field Operations Analysis Branch (FOAB) conducts data analyses to support FSIS field operations. The FOAB provides monthly inspection and sampling reports to District offices and assists with FSA scheduling and information requests. In addition, it responds to ad hoc data requests from field personnel. The FOAB is the primary point of contact within FSIS for the District Offices regarding data-related questions and issues.