Branch Chief, Regulatory and Environmental Analysis
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, BRS
Managed the production of BRS’ first programmatic environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze environmental impacts resulting from proposed changes in the regulation of genetically engineered organisms.
Held stakeholders’ meetings to discuss BRS' rule revision plans and collected and analyzed comments on the EIS process. Assembled and coordinated an interdisciplinary team of APHIS from several federal agencies to produce the EIS. Conducted multiple interagency reviews of the EIS and managed all editorial processes.
Advised senior management and staff regarding the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Developed protocols to document NEPA processes and assisted staff with the preparation of Environmental Assessments (EA), Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI), and EISs. Assisted staff in responding to public comments received in the course of NEPA processes.
Acted as liaison with USDA's Office of General Counsel, coordinating communication between BRS staff, the Department of Justice, and the USDA Office of General Counsel. Reviewed and edited legal briefs, witness declarations, and other documents involved in ongoing litigation and summarized these documents for BRS senior management and staff. Prepared administrative records and other evidence for use by USDA attorneys. Served as a legal resource to BRS staff and a scientific resource for USDA legal staff.
Communicated regulatory issues to various audiences, including U.S. government officials, the public, and foreign dignitaries. Prepared numerous briefings for APHIS' Deputy Administrator and Administrator and the USDA Secretary’s office. Prepared statements responsive to questions from members of Congress, trade organizations, and the public for APHIS’ Legislative and Public Affairs staff. Represented APHIS at numerous conferences and other meetings. Frequently met with foreign regulatory officials to answer questions regarding BRS’ regulatory framework.