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control projects, thereby providing the technical and scientific basis for subsequent policy formulation, planning, and regulatory activities.

(8) Conducting risk assessments of exotic animal pests and diseases. exotic organism

(9) Conducting entry pathway studies.

(10) Conducting epidemiological investigations of introduced pests and diseases.

(11) Conducting assessments of regulatory strategies designed to prevent the introduction of exotic organisms.

(12) Providing scientific and technical support to PPD programs and activities.

§ 371.10 Recruitment and Development.

The units of Career Systems and Recruitment; Management, Technical Training, and Development; Professional Development Center, and Professional Development Coordination and Training, under the administrative direction of the Administrator and the functional and technical direction of the Director, R&D, are responsible for:

(a) Career Systems and Recruitment. (1) Formulating and recommending recruitment and career development policies and procedures consistent with APHIS's overall personnel policies.

(2) Identifying recruitment needs, intermediate and long-range, and forecasting needs for specialized occupational expertise.

(3) Developing and maintaining a database to identify appropriate external sources of personnel and expertise.

(4) Developing strategies and plans for recruitment.

(5) Conducting recruitment activities independently and with program personnel.

(6) Establishing and maintaining a system for evaluating the recruitment process and its results.

(7) Identifying and developing options within APHIS for career movement.

(8) Devising mechanisms for enabling employees to choose and pursue alternative career paths.

(b) Management, Technical Training, and Development. (1) Developing

and recommending supervisory and management development programs.

(2) Developing and managing selection processes for entry to supervisory and management development programs.

(3) Designing, developing, and delivering, or arranging for delivery of training and development experience for all employees.

(4) Working with senior executives to identify and carry out opportunities for growth in leadership skills.

(5) Developing and administering a system for evaluating the effectiveness of participant selections and programs.

(6) Recommending improvement of management practices to promote and enhance the payoff of management training and development.

(c) Professional Development Center. (1) Designing, processing, and working with supervisors and managers to implement processes to identify training and development needs of employees carrying out plant health programs and related biological support activities.

(2) Designing and developing instructional programs for employees engaged in carrying out plant health programs, nationally and internationally.

(3) Delivering and arranging for others to deliver courses and developmental assignments, and evaluating those programs to determine their effectiveness and any need for change.

(4) Developing and keeping up-todate operational models for use in training programs and by line program personnel.

(d) Professional Development Coordination and Planning. (1) Developing the basic concepts, procedures, guidelines, and models for packaging a complete scientific instructional


(2) Working with universities and professional education organizations to provide development opportunities for technical and professional employ


(3) Identifying and evaluating employee development needs of technical and professional employees.

(4) Designing, developing, and delivering courses and seminars to prepare

employees to effectively carry out animal health and animal care programs.

(5) Developing and maintaining an automated job information and skill/ interest bank system.

(6) Revising and updating the veterinary accreditation education model as required.

§ 371.11 Legislative and Public Affairs.

The units of Public Information, Executive Correspondence, Legislative Services, and Media Services, under the administrative direction of the Administrator and the functional and technical direction of the Director, LPA, are responsible for:

(a) Public Information. (1) Providing leadership in planning, developing, and implementing information programs for animal health, veterinary biologics, animal welfare, biotechnology, animal damage control, plant protection and agricultural quarantine inspection, and regulatory enforcement activities of APHIS.

(2) Coordinating staff emergency activities, with input from other staff groups, providing on-site and headquarters information support to the Regional Emergency Animal Disease Eradication Organization (READEO) and the Preparedness for Emergency Plant Pest Actions (PEPPA) task force and other emergency operations.

(3) Preparing and issuing press releases, background statements, special reports and other informational material to the general public and special groups in agriculture and other affected industries.

(4) Maintaining contact with general and trade media for release of immediate and complete information regarding agency programs and policies.

(5) Drafting and distributing information to the public, through the Office of Governmental and Public Affairs of the Department.

(6) Conducting public information programs in support of cooperative international pest and disease eradication campaigns carried out in foreign countries.

(7) Preparing and issuing news releases, magazine articles, background statements, special reports, and other informational materials to the public,

press, and others in agriculture, government, and industry in the United States and foreign countries.

(8) Collaborating, as appropriate, with foreign officials, the United States Information Agency, U.S. Agricultural Counselors and Attaches, and other governmental and private organizations and individuals in the planning and conduct of assigned educational activities associated with APHIS cooperative programs in foreign countries.

(9) Preparing major speeches, background statements, special reports and other materials required by APHIS and Departmental officials concerning USDA's international activities.

(10) Advising and training foreign personnel in public information techniques, either on site in foreign countries, or at headquarters. Cooperating with international organizations, such as FAO and the Interamerican Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture, to conduct feasibility studies of public information aspects of proposed agricultural programs, to evaluate existing public information capabilities, and to propose improvements, if needed.

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(2) Writing, tracking, and preparing all Departmentally controlled correspondence, Congressional correspondence, and other high-priority correspondence, as determined by the Administrator.

(3) Preparing timely and responsive replies to written inquiries by identifying accurate sources of information, determining agency actions necessary, tailoring responses to the interests of the recipient, ensuring that they adhere to APHIS policies and are consistent with other responses, and securing the corroboration of appropriate agency officials.

(4) Preparing reports on legislation as requested by Congressional staffs or committees and monitoring "The Con

gressional Record" for items of interest to APHIS.

(5) Providing editorial assistance to staffs in the preparation of speeches, briefings, regulations, procedural manuals, articles for publication, and standard replies to recurring questions posed by correspondence answered at the program level.

(6) Preparing speeches and briefings for top Department and agency officials and also Congressional testimony support material for agency witnesses for Congressional hearings.

(7) Analyzing proposed legislation to determine its impact on APHIS programs and preparing legislative reports when requested by Congress.

(c) Legislative Services. (1) Advising and assisting the Administrator and other agency officials on all matters relating to agency legislative affairs.

(2) Preparing legislative proposals in connection with APHIS programs and responsibilities, based on recommendations from program officials.

(3) Analyzing proposed legislation to determine its impact on APHIS programs and preparing legislative reports when requested by Congress.

(4) Establishing and maintaining liaison with Members of Congress, various Congressional committees and subcommittees, and their staffs on all matters pertaining to the legislative affairs of APHIS. This includes responding to Congressional telephone inquiries and tracking, monitoring, and reporting on pertinent legislation and hearings.

(5) Managing and providing reports on various advisory committees.

(d) Media Services. (1) Designing, producing, and/or coordinating production of graphic design, photographic and video-related materials.

(2) Conducting pre-printing policy, editorial, and graphic design reviews of manuscripts for outside publication. (3) Conducting media relations and legislative affairs training.

(4) Planning, developing, and maintaining agency-wide internal communication systems.

(5) Monitoring APHIS issues in the media.

§ 371.12 Science and Technology.

The units of the National Veterinary Services Laboratories, the Denver Wildlife Research Center, the Plant Methods Development Center, and the National Montioring and Residue Analysis Laboratory, under the administrative direction of the Administrator and the functional and technical direction of the Director, S&T, are responsible for:

(a) National Veterinary Services Laboratories. (1) Participating with the Director, S&T, and the Deputy Administrator, VS, in the overall planning and formulation of all policies, programs, and activities of Animal Health Programs as they affect laboratory and testing services.

(2) Planning, providing leadership, coordinating, and conducting a laboratory support and diagnostic services program to animal disease control and eradication programs; and a laboratory support program to the biologics program regulating the production and marketing of veterinary biologics in interstate and international commerce.

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designed to meet operational program needs.

(7) Maintaining a current reference library specializing in animal damage and nuisance control.


(c) Plant Methods Center. (1) Participating with the Director, S&T, and the Deputy Administrator, PPQ, in the overall planning and formulation of all policies, programs, and activities of APHIS as they relate to methods development initiatives.

(2) Planning, providing leadership, and administering the development of methods and procedures and providing scientific and technical support for APHIS programs and activities, especially as they relate to plant pest control (including biological control) and quarantine operations.

(3) Supervising, directing, coordinating, and integrating activities of methods development centers.

(4) Developing new and improved techniques and methods for managing agricultural pests and for making decisions in agricultural production.

(5) Developing new techniques that provide operational evaluation of biological control organisms in field use.

(6) Developing new techniques for quarantine and commodity treatments and insect and disease survey and detection.

(7) Directing, coordinating, and developing new technologies that include pesticide efficacy, bioassay, and biological control as needed to support APHIS program goals.

(d) National Monitoring and Residue Analysis Laboratory. (1) Participating with the Director, S&T, in the overall planning and formulation of all policies, programs, and activities of S&T.

(2) Planning, providing leadership, coordinating, and directing a laboratory support program for pesticide residue analyses and collection of environmental components (air, soil, vegetation, water, sediment, fishes, birds, mammals, reptiles, and invertebrates), crops and animal products, analyses of program pesticide concentrates, industrial hygiene monitoring and sample analyses in work areas, taxonomic determination of insect species by chemical analyses, and trace analyses of or

ganic chemicals in various sample matrices.

[54 FR 23194, May 31, 1989; 54 FR 27793, June 30, 1989]

§ 371.13 Biotechnology, Biologics, and En

vironmental Protection.

The units of Biotechnology Coordination and Technical Assistance, Veterinary Biologics, Biotechnology Permits, and Environmental Documentation, under the administrative direction of the Administrator and the functional and technical direction of the Director, BBEP, are responsible for:

(a) Biotechnology Coordination and Technical Assistance. (1) Providing technical guidance and support to all BBEP units.

(2) Analyzing comments and preparing issue papers and correspondence on biotechnology regulatory policy.

(3) Advising APHIS personnel on the preparation of various documents for APHIS and public distribution.

(4) Coordinating responses on Freedom of Information Act requests pertaining to biotechnology, biologics, and environmental documents, and reviewing and assisting in the preparation of environmental assessments.

(5) Preparing annual reports on APHIS biotechnology regulatory activities.

(6) Ensuring proper notification to the Office of Agricultural Biotechnology on the receipt of permit applications and issuance of permits and li


(7) Preparing the BBEP budget in cooperation with APHIS Management and Budget officials.

(8) Acting as liaison with APHIS R&D Staff in recruiting for BBEP positions and providing for professional development.

(b) Veterinary Biologics. (1) Recommending licensure of veterinary biologics establishments and products and issuing importation permits under 9 CFR parts 101 through 118.

(2) Establishing test methods and criteria for product acceptance and serial release.

(3) Establishing license requirements ensuring compliance by each applicant before issuance of a license.

(4) Establishing production standards and procedures.

(5) Reviewing veterinary biologics labels and advertising claims for compliance.

(6) Establishing criteria for inspection of licensed establishments and the evaluation of such inspections.

(7) Developing policies and directives governing and pertaining to biologics activities and programs.

(8) Serving as consultant and advisor to government officials, professional and industry organizations, and the general public concerning scientific and administrative aspects of the biologics program.

(c) Biotechnology Permits. (1) Reviewing and processing permit applications under part 340 of this chapter.

(2) Issuing permits for the introduction of regulated articles.

(3) Maintaining liaison with state departments of agriculture, the academic community and scientific societies.

(4) Providing technical information for environmental analysis for permits allowing environmental release of regulated articles.

(5) Serving as a resource at the request of the Administrator for other APHIS and USDA units, and other government agencies.

(d) Environmental Documentation. (1) Planning, producing, and analyzing all environmental documentation relative to compliance with the NEPA and other environmental laws. This documentation includes but is not limited to environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, and records of decisions. (2) Ensuring agency compliance with NEPA.

(3) Conducting public hearings and analyzing comments on agency NEPA regulations and conducting agency scoping hearings relating to environmental impact statements.

(4) Serving as liaison with the Department's Office of the General Counsel on matters pertaining to NEPA-related documents and other environmental laws.

§ 371.14 Delegations of authority.

(a) Associate Administrator. The Associate Administrator is delegated the authority to perform all the duties

and to exercise all the functions and powers that are now, or that may become, vested in the Administrator, including the power of redelegation except where prohibited, and including authority reserved to the Administrator in § 371.16 of this part. The Associate Administrator is also authorized to act for the Administrator in the absence of the Administrator.

(b) Deputy Administrators and Directors. The Deputy Administrators of PPQ, VS, ADC, M&B, REAC, and IS, and the Directors of PPD, R&D, LPA, S&T, and BBEP, and the officers they designate to act for them-with prior specific approval of the Administrator-are delegated the authority, severally, to perform all duties and to exercise all the functions and powers that are now, or that may become vested in the Administrator (including the power of redelegation, except where prohibited) except authority that is reserved to the Administrator. Each Deputy Administrator or Director shall be responsible for the programs and activities in APHIS assigned to that Deputy Administrator or Director.

(c) PPQ, VS, ADC, REAC, M&B, S&T, REAC, and IS. The Directors of Operational Support for PPQ, VS, ADC, and IS; the Regional Directors for PPQ, VS, ADC, and IS; the Directors of the National Veterinary Services Laboratories, the Denver Wildlife Research Center, the Plant Methods Development Centers, and the National Monitoring and Residue Analysis Laboratory; and the Assistant Deputy Administrator for REAC are delegated authority in connection with the respective functions assigned to each of them in this part. They are authorized to perform all the duties and exercise all the functions or powers that are now or that may become vested in the Administrator except the authorities reserved to the Administrator or a Deputy Administrator. The Directors of the Budget and Accounting, Human Resources, Administrative Services, and Information Systems and Communications Divisions, Resource Management Systems and Evaluation Staff, the Field Servicing Office, Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, and Equal Opportunity Counseling are delegated

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