Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit (OIEA)
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. OIEA is also responsible for defending the Agency before third parties concerning complaints of discrimination, appeals of adverse actions, and unfair labor practice charges.
Structure of OIEA
OIEA includes the following divisions:
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 activity to ensure that appropriate criminal, administrative, and civil sanctions are carried out according to Agency laws, regulations and directives.
Enforcement and Litigation Division
The Enforcement and Litigation Division (ELD) develops and executes FSIS-wide 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 FSIS-wide management decisions involving performance deficiencies, improper conduct, labor-management agreements, and related matters before the federal ruling authorities.
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 in inspected meat, poultry, and processed egg products 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.
Resource Management Staff
The Resource Management Staff (RMS) provides management and oversight on all Agency budgetary systems and conducts management controls over budget execution and formulations. In providing this service, RMS monitors the budget allocations, obligations, obligated balances and projections. The RMS manages all purchases, contracts, acquisitions, and agreements, as well as Human Resource Services related issues concerning employment ceiling, on-boards and staffing.
Contact information for key personnel in the Compliance and Investigations Division (CID), Evaluation and Enforcement Division (EED), and Internal Control and Audit Division (ICAD). (Note: subject to change)