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Office of Data Integration and Food Protection (ODIFP)

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Learn about FSIS' data collection and reporting activities. Analyses of these data inform evaluations of FSIS policy and are used to set strategic planning goals.

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The Office of Data Integration and Food Protection (ODIFP) coordinates the data analyses and integration activities of the Agency. The Office also coordinates the development and maintenance of analytics across the Agency—integrating and analyzing multiple data streams—to determine trends and patterns that may be of public health significance and to help FSIS best use its data. The Office also develops, maintains, and coordinates all FSIS activities to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from significant incidents resulting from non-intentional contamination or deliberate acts of terrorism, and other significant incidents affecting meat, poultry, and processed egg products. 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 four staffs, the Food Defense Assessment Staff (FDAS), the Emergency Coordination Staff (ECS), the Data Analysis Staff (DAS), and the Inspection Data Analysis Staff (IDAS).

Food Defense Assessment Staff (FDAS)

The Food Defense Assessment Staff (FDAS) works with industry, academia, and government agencies at all levels and maintains the Agency’s food defense infrastructure, which aims to protect food products from intentional contamination intended to cause public health harm or economic disruption.

Specifically, FDAS provides the scientific and technical basis to support preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives and works strategically with other government agencies and industry on threats affecting the food supply. Key functions include conducting vulnerability assessments, collaborating with stakeholders, providing guidance to industry on food defense practices and countermeasures, and interfacing with the intelligence and law enforcement communities to share threat information. Through outreach and education, FDAS works cooperatively with industry to promote the adoption and application of food defense practices to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from intentional contamination of the food supply.

Emergency Coordination Staff (ECS)

ECS works to ensure that FSIS prepares for, responds to, and can recover from natural disasters and other significant incidents affecting the nation’s meat, poultry and processed egg products supply.

The staff manages and coordinates the Agency’s homeland security and emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities. To accomplish these critical activities it works closely with USDA’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Coordination, and other federal partners in sharing information, strengthening communication, and coordinating ongoing preparation, response and recovery activities.

ECS runs FSIS’ exercise program entirely in house and ensures that its exercises are grounded in the fundamental principles of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). This vital exercise program allows FSIS to reinforce organizational knowledge of procedures, facilities, systems and equipment, and evaluate the Agency’s preparedness and response policies, plans, and procedures.

ECS also coordinates FSIS' Emergency Management Committee (EMC), a standing committee made up of Assistant Administrators or designees from each FSIS program area with the authority as necessary, to commit the resources of the program office in responding to a significant incident.

Finally, ECS serves as FSIS' main point of contact for Emergency Support Function (ESF) 11 activities, and coordinates the Agency's Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP).

Data Analysis

Data analysis and integration is primarily conducted by two staffs within ODIFP: the Data Analysis Staff (DAS) and the Inspection Data Analysis Staff (IDAS). These staffs perform complementary work, and the Directors of these staffs serve as the Executive Secretary for 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. The DCC is explained in FSIS Directive 5800.1.

Data Analysis Staff (DAS)

The Data Analysis Staff (DAS) coordinates FSIS’ data collection, analysis, and reporting activities for all non-field operational and strategic analyses needed by the Agency. The Staff also develops analytics, conducts statistical analysis for, or in coordination with, other FSIS program areas, designs, implements and schedules FSIS sampling projects, develops reports and other information solutions for the agency, and supports the operation and enhancement of the FSIS Public Health Information System (PHIS).

The DAS also supports policy evaluation, recall effectiveness checks, new technology reviews and policy implementation. The DAS also participates in the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) and supports information sharing between agencies and publicly. DAS is divided into two teams as follows:

DAS’ Operations and Analysis Group (OAG) generally supports the analytical needs of the non- Office of Field Operations (OFO) program areas from an operational perspective. The OAG supports the data needs of FSIS and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process, contributes analytical and statistical programming support to agency sampling projects and leads the development of reports available through PHIS. This group works closely with DAS’ Statistical Strategy Group and collaborates regularly with the IDAS Staff.

DAS’ Statistical Strategy Group (SSG) generally supports the statistical needs of the non- OFO program areas. The SSG provides statistical support in new technology evaluations, sampling strategies for recall effectiveness checks and agency pathogen testing programs, assessments of program effectiveness, and helps develop analytics tools for agency use. This group works closely with DAS’ OAG and collaborates regularly with the IDAS Staff.

Inspection Data Analysis Staff (IDAS)

The Inspection Data Analysis Staff coordinates the Agency’s data collection, analysis, and reporting activities for all operational and strategic analyses needed for FSIS’s domestic and import field operations. The Staff conducts targeted research and analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of existing policies, support future policy development, and assess progress toward strategic goals. IDAS analyzes data quality issues, recommends system enhancements, resolves related issues, and completes requests received through a centralized Agency data request system. IDAS is divided into two teams as follows:

IDAS’ Inspection Operations and Analysis Group (IOAG) directly supports FSIS OFO inspection personnel through the development and deployment of District/Circuit projects and reports, including but not limited to humane handling reports, data analysis, statistical support, Public Health Risk Evaluation (PHRE) and Food Safety Assessment (FSA) scheduling, Intensified Verification Testing (IVT) scheduling, and the development and testing of PHIS reports. IOAG also conducts District outreach to identify analytical needs and raise awareness of new or existing tools, reports, or projects in support of OFO.

IDAS’ Inspection Statistical Strategy Group (ISSG) develops analytics to provide headquarters and field personnel with automated alerts when trends, patterns, and data anomalies are identified. ISSG conducts ongoing data analysis to develop new or refine existing alerts, such as those that provide inspectors with additional information related to public health tasks. ISSG is responsible for scheduling samples for all domestic and import sampling projects. Additionally, ISSG develops dashboards and other visualizations to monitor and assess areas of interest, such as the assignment and completion of inspection tasks for imported product shipments.

Last Modified Apr 05, 2017