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Protecting America’s Food Supply: Insights from Alfred Almanza, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Monday, July 18th, 2016 - 8:59
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U.S. consumers want convenience, choice, and diversity in the foods they eat. The U.S. is importing more food than ever before to meet these demands. Food production has become more globalized and the route it takes from farm to table is more complex. Much of our food now takes a longer and more complicated path from the farm to our table. And yet, most Americans purchase food for their family’s dinner table with a high level of assurance that the food is safe. Much of the effort for securing the U.S.

Alfred Almanza

Friday, May 20th, 2016 - 12:24
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What are the strategic priorities of the USDA’s Food and Inspection Service? How is FSIS ensuring this country’s food is safe and uncontaminated? How is FSIS leveraging technology and innovation to meet its mission? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and much more Alfred Almanza, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Mon, 09/05/2016
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What are the strategic priorities of the USDA’s Food and Inspection Service? How is FSIS ensuring this country’s food is safe and uncontaminated? How is FSIS leveraging technology and innovation to meet its mission? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and much more Alfred Almanza, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Alfred Almanza

Friday, May 20th, 2016 - 12:23
Alfred V. Almanza was appointed Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack in September 2014, after having served as Administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) since June 2007. Mr. Almanza will simultaneously serve as Acting Administrator, continuing to lead nearly 10,000 employees in the agency's mission to protect public health.

From Data to Decisions III

Monday, November 11th, 2013 - 16:04
Today’s senior managers are tempted to begin analytics programs before determining the mission-essential questions they are seeking data to answer.  Older data-based analytics efforts often grew out of the discoveries of line employees who made connections and saw patterns in data after receiving new software or hardware that helped them make sense of what they were studying.

A Conversation with Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 - 16:13
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Leaders Speak on Leadership and Public Service: Dr. Kathleen Merrigan and Linda Gibbs

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 - 16:47
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 15:38
For a decade, The Business of Government Hour has brought you leading government executives who are changing the way government does business. Each week, our guests join us for an informative, insightful, and in-depth conversation about their careers, their agencies, agency accomplishments, as well as their vision of government in the 21st century.  Over last five years, we have interviewed more than 350 government executives. It is from this rich library that we have culled together their insights on important public management issues.

Making a Difference: Insights from Julie Paradis Former Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service

Thursday, September 8th, 2011 - 22:05
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At the same time, the U.S. faces an obesity epidemic among both adults and children. Ironically, obesity and hunger do coexist. How does the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service address these problems? What federal programs reduce hunger while promoting better nutrition? Are there new and innovative approaches to these issues? We explored these questions and so much more with Julie Paradis, then administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service, who was a guest on The Business of Government Hour. Ms.

The Innovation Agenda: Private Sector Action, Government Benefit

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 - 14:12
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Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 13:05
President Obama has made private sector innovation a centerpiece of the Administration’s agenda for growth and job creation.  This is a subject that has broad support across the spectrum:  citizens, businesses and governments all look to commercial activity as an economic engine; new technologies play a key role in this pursuit.  The Nation’s Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra, has been a very visible leader of this activity, with frequent and recent blogs through the White House and media web sites (

Is the Food Safety Net Fraying?: Innovative Approaches to Food Safety

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 - 13:29
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 12:45
Food Safety Net is Fraying

Transparency Pot Shots

Monday, July 20th, 2009 - 14:02
The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board estimates that about 200,000 entities (state agencies, localities, companies, non-profits) will be entering data into the recovery.gov website.
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