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Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit (OIEA)

Mission

The Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit (OIEA) contributes to the FSIS mission of food safety, public health, and food defense strategic objectives through the surveillance and investigation of regulated and in-commerce meat, poultry and processed egg products facilities; investigation of foodborne illness outbreaks; response to natural disaster and intentional contamination events; execution and application of enforcement of FSIS criminal, civil, and administrative sanctions and authorities; and verification that meat, poultry, and egg products imported into the United States are produced under equivalent standards. The OIEA is also responsible for defending the FSIS before third parties concerning complaints of discrimination, appeals of adverse actions, and unfair labor practice charges.

OIEA Leadership

Structure of OIEA

Compliance and Investigation Division

The Compliance and Investigations Division (CID) investigates violations of the food safety, food defense, and other consumer protection statutory requirements; controls unsafe or violative products through detentions, civil seizures, and voluntary recalls; and develops cases through surveillance and investigation activities to ensure that appropriate criminal, civil, and administrative sanctions are carried out according to laws and the FSIS’ regulations and directives.

Enforcement and Litigation Division

The Enforcement and Litigation Division (ELD) evaluates investigative reports and case evidence documented by OIEA-CID investigators, Office of Field Operations enforcement investigative analysis officers, and others within and outside of the FSIS; initiates criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement actions to protect the public and sanction violators; and coordinates legal actions with the USDA Office of the General Counsel (OGC), USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Attorneys offices nationwide, and other Federal and State partners.

Management Control and Audit Division

The Management Control and Audit Division (MCAD) conducts independent and objective audits, investigations, and critical analyses of FSIS programs, conducts comprehensive reviews of Federal and State Meat and Poultry Inspection (MPI) programs to ensure the application of inspection procedures and protocols ininspected meat, poultry, and processed egg product establishments in the United States and has the responsibility of verifying that foreign countries previously approved to export meat, poultry, or egg products to the U.S. are maintaining inspection programs that provide food safety protection at a level equivalent to that in the U.S., and actively participates in the planning and conducting of initial team audits in countries seeking first-time approval to ship to the U.S.

Functions

  • Investigates violations of the food safety, food defense, and other consumer protections statutory requirements; control unsafe or violative products through detentions, civil seizures, and voluntary recalls; and develop cases through surveillance and investigation activity to ensure that appropriate criminal, administrative and civil sanctions are carried out according to laws, regulations, and directives. 
  • Develops and executes criminal, civil and administrative enforcement programs to implement and enforce the Federal Meat, Poultry, Egg Products, and Humane Slaughter statutes and conducts litigation to uphold management decisions involving performance deficiencies, improper conduct, labor-management agreements, and related matters before the federal ruling authorities. 
  • Conducts audits, assessments, and reviews of Agency operations, programs, and activities to protect against waste, fraud, and mismanagement. Audits both foreign countries that export amenable products to the United States and Federal and State Meat and Poultry Inspection (MPI) Programs, as well as, administrative operations, to ensure ongoing compliance with Equivalence requirements. Verifies that State MPI programs are meeting “at least equal to” Federal requirements.

Key Resources

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Review of State Programs Summary Report (PDF Only)
This report summarizes the most recent review results from the Food Safety and Inspection Service comprehensive reviews of the 27 States that currently operate State meat and poultry inspection programs.

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Humane Handling Enforcement Reports
Quarterly report summarizing—by national, establishment size and district totals—humane handling-related activities in livestock slaughter establishments.

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Quarterly Enforcement Reports
Reports summarize enforcement actions FSIS has taken to ensure that products that reach consumers are safe, wholesome, and properly labeled.

 

Last Modified Feb 16, 2016