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Faces of Food Safety: Anthony Thompson, Modernizing Training Programs

Photo of Anthony ThompsonAnthony Thompson is a Training and Program Analysis Specialist with FSIS’ Office of Outreach, Employee Education and Training (OOEET). OOEET provides consolidated access, resources and technical support for small and very small plants to better assist them in providing safe and wholesome meat, poultry and processed egg products. OOEET is also responsible for directing outreach, education and training programs designed to ensure public health and food safety through both inspection and enforcement.

Since joining FSIS in 2010, Thompson has been responsible for managing several of the Agency’s leadership and career development programs, including the FSIS New Supervisor Training Program (NSTP), the FSIS Experienced Supervisor Training Program, the FSIS Escalade Leadership Development Program, the FSIS Learning Trove and the FSIS Gateway.

In particular, the NSTP provides combined training sessions with employees from both field and headquarters locations, which allows participants to get a holistic perspective of the challenges their colleagues face in a variety of situations. These programs are mandated by USDA’s Departmental Regulation 4040-412-002, which supports succession planning by developing future government leaders. Under these programs, supervisors receive the training they need to effectively mentor employees; improve employee performance and productivity; conduct employee performance appraisals in accordance with Agency appraisal systems; and identify and assist employees with unacceptable performance. “We are constantly on a quest to improve all employees’ development programs. We conduct evaluations of all programs on a continual basis to ensure that the training delivered is competency-based and adds value to the Agency and the employee,” Thompson said.

"We are constantly on a quest to improve all employees’ development programs."

Anthony Thompson

Thompson believes that the key to the success and strength of these programs is understanding the FSIS mission and using core competencies to increase employee engagement. All FSIS training as well as training provided by USDA’s Cultural Transformation Initiative incorporates the FSIS Foundational and Core Competencies. Thompson, along with other OOEET employees, participates in the Strategic Planning Committee and other committees aimed ensuring that employees are provided with both required and desired training.

Prior to joining FSIS in October of 2010, Thompson spent 24 years in the U.S. Navy as an Independent Duty Hospital Corpsman. In this role, he ensured that food supplies were inspected for safety and wholesomeness, and that they were stored at the correct temperature. Thompson’s time with the Navy prepared him for his role in FSIS’ public health mission. In his spare time, Anthony is working on his master’s degree in Human Resources Development and plans to complete his studies in 2017. He currently holds a national certification from the Society of Human Resource Management as a Senior Certified Professional in Human Resources and a national certification in human resources from the HR Certification Institute.

 

Anthony Thompson provided training to Office of Management employees.

Anthony L. Thompson provided training to the Office of Management (OM) employees on “Increasing Your Relevance in Uncertain Times” during a Customized Learning Trove session requested by OM leadership.

Last Modified Oct 18, 2016