6/13/18 - Change in Leadership at the Agriculture Select Agent Services (AgSAS)
The Federal Select Agent Program would like to announce a change in leadership at the Agriculture Select Agent Services (AgSAS). Effective May 30, Dr. Adis Dijab became the AgSAS National Director. To ensure program continuity, Drs. Dijab and Keith Wiggins (long-term Acting National Director for AgSAS) will coordinate the leadership transition through this month. By July 1, 2018, Dr. Dijab will assume full responsibility as the AgSAS National Director.
Dr. Dijab received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Zagreb University, College of Veterinary Medicine in Croatia. After eight years in a small animal clinic in Kentucky, Dr. Dijab began his career at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in 2004. Since then, he has served the USDA under both the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service and APHIS’ Veterinary Services, as a supervisory veterinary medical officer (VMO), field VMO, area veterinarian-in-charge, and program director. Dr. Dijab most recently served as the National Director of Animal Product Permitting and Negotiation Services with the National Import Export Services.
5/30/18 - Publication of CDC’s 2017 DSAT Inspection Report Processing Annual Summary
Today, CDC’s Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT) published its third annual analysis of inspection report timeliness, the 2017 DSAT Inspection Report Processing Annual Summary.
Inspection reports play a critical role in ensuring the safety and security of work with select agents and toxins, and the data show that DSAT continues to make substantial improvements in its ability to provide timely feedback to entities. Key findings include the following:
- Nearly all inspection reports – 96 percent – issued by DSAT in 2017 were issued within DSAT’s target of 30 business days. Only six reports out of 142 did not meet this goal.
- This reflects an improvement of 32 percent over 2016 data, even with an increase in the number of inspection reports issued, and a 50 percent improvement since 2015.
- Once again, improvements in report timeliness occurred across all inspection types, with particularly notable improvements in maximum containment inspections.
In addition, the analysis further examines the six delayed reports by looking closer at the timeframes and reasons for the delays. Four of the six delayed reports were less than seven business days late; in all cases, administrative and/or workload reasons were the two reasons cited for delays. For additional information, please see the full report (available here).
DSAT remains committed to meeting its 30-day target for issuing final inspection reports. Overall, the substantial improvements in timeliness demonstrated in today’s report underscore DSAT’s continued commitment towards program improvement. Today’s publication also reflects the program’s sustained pledge to increase transparency.
2/02/18 - Change in Leadership at the Agriculture Select Agent Services (AgSAS)
The Federal Select Agent Program would like to announce a change in leadership at the Agriculture Select Agent Services (AgSAS). On Monday, February 5, 2018, Dr. Freeda Isaac will leave AgSAS to become the Executive Director of National Import Export Services, under Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Veterinary Services.
Also effective on February 5, Dr. Keith Wiggins will become AgSAS’ Acting National Director. Before this assignment, Dr. Wiggins served as the Associate National Director of AgSAS. Dr. Wiggins began his APHIS career in 2005. Throughout the last 13 years has served in leadership roles from enforcing regulations for the import of animal products and by-products to mitigate the introduction of foreign animal diseases, to ensuring that agricultural viruses, bacteria, and toxins are safeguarded to prevent agro-bioterrorism and public health threats. Prior to joining APHIS, Dr. Wiggins practiced veterinary medicine in North Carolina, was a Regional Veterinarian for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, and taught college courses at Livingstone College, the College of Southern Maryland, and Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Wiggins holds a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University. He served as a Missile Launch Officer in the United States Air Force, and is currently serving as a Chief Public Health Officer in the New Jersey Air National Guard.