Kevin Shea was appointed administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) after serving as acting administrator since June 2012. As administrator, Shea will carry out the agency's broad mission of protecting and promoting American agriculture, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.
Shea served as associate administrator for APHIS since Sept. 2004, ensuring the smooth functioning of the agency and championing APHIS' unprecedented business process improvement efforts. Starting in 2000, Shea served as deputy administrator for Policy and Program Development responsible for the agency's budget, regulation development and environmental compliance programs. From 1992 to 2000 he served as APHIS' director of budget and accounting.