In February, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) hosted a stakeholder meeting to share information about the agency's budget, business process improvement efforts and modernization initiatives and to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to share their thoughts and perspectives on agency activities.
The agency also launched a survey seeking feedback from stakeholders on the APHIS services they most value, opportunities for increased collaboration and partnership and suggestions for improving the way the agency does business. The majority of the comments from the survey focused on the agency's animal health and animal welfare activities.
APHIS released a survey response summary on Thursday to provide highlights of the recurring themes and provide a sense of the broad range of topics addressed in the feedback.
These topics include APHIS' organizational structure; partnering and addressing the challenges of limited resources; trade and import/export issues; laboratory/veterinary diagnostics and biologics; balanced approaches in the preservation of natural resources; clarification of policies and procedures; APHIS' disease monitoring, testing and surveillance; enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act; enforcement of the Horse Protection Act; use of electronic technology; and ongoing stakeholder communication and engagement.
To read the summary in its entirety, visit www.aphis.usda.gov/stakeholders/downloads/stakeholder_summary.pdf.