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USDA - 1287 - General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan - Agency Authority
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameGeneral Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement PlanAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number1287
Original Establishment Date12/31/1971Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.poultryimprovement.org
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*7
Current Charter Date1/29/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter1/29/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Elena
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameL.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Behnke
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*AgencyDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(770) 922-3496
Effective Date Of Authority*12/31/1971Designated Federal Officer Fax*770-922-3498
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*elena.behnke@usda.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Other Committee
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The purpose of the Committee is to serve as the official federal advisory committee to the USDA Secretary of Agriculture on matters pertaining to poultry health. The committee provides technical information regarding problems related to poultry health and as the need arises, make specific recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture concerning ways in which the Department may assist the industry in solving these problems. The GCC recommends to the Secretary of Agriculture any changes in the provisions of the NPIP as may be necessitated by unforeseen conditions when postponement until the next NPIP Biennial Conference would seriously impair the operation of the program. The Committee represents and provides a voice to cooperating State agencies and all sectors of the poultry industry. Action by General Conference Committee The World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) defines a compartment as one or more establishments or other premises which operates under common management practices related to biosecurity and which contains an identifiable animal subpopulation with a distinct health status with respect to a specific disease/diseases, the Committee feels that NPIP participating primary egg and meat-type and turkey breeding chicken establishments can be compartmentalized and have developed the documentation necessary to do so. The Committee asks for the support of USDA in the implementation of the US Primary Breeder Compartmentalization Program.Salmonella Pullorum is an egg-transmitted agent and can cause upwards 80% mortality in baby poultry, the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) routinely monitors and certifies all NPIP breeding flocks under its U.S. PT Clean Classification. Egg and meat-type chicken breeding flocks and hatcheries, and virtually all of our trading partners require baby poultry and hatching eggs originated from breeding flocks and hatcheries free of PT. The General Conference Committee of the NPIP believe there continues to be a need for research in the area of rapid Pullorum-Typhoid serological tests for poultry.Since the NPIP routinely monitors commercial broilers, roasters, cornish game chickens, and turkeys and table-egg layers for H5 and H7 subtypes of avian influenza under its U.S. H5/H7 Avian Influenza Monitored program and these various avian influenza certification programs are recognized by all of the United States export trading partners as one of the premier notifiable avian influenza surveillance and certification programs in the world, and they are consistent with OIE guidelines for avian influenza surveillance. The General Conference Committee of the NPIP went on record requesting the U.S. Department of Agriculture to continue to sufficiently fund the NPIP avian influenza surveillance programs and 100 percent indemnity when needed. In addition, as a consequence of the HPAI outbreak of 2014-2015, the Committee supports a new biosecurity principles program and oversight to be added to the NPIP and requests support of USDA to implement this program. Avian mycoplasmosis may be an industry disruptive and economically significant disease in poultry, and the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) routinely monitors chicken, turkey, waterfowl, backyard, and other types of breeding flocks under its various avian mycoplasma classifications. The standard plate agglutination test, and the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) are official screening tests of the NPIP for avian mycoplasmas, and the hemagglutination inhibition (HI) test is used to evaluate serum samples that react with the ELISA, or plate antigens, and in some cases both the plate antigen and the commercial ELISA have indicated the flock is negative while the flock was deemed infected because it was identified as infected by a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based procedure and the supply of plate antigens have been short on several occasions in the past year or so, and the destruction of primary and multiplier breeding flocks are very costly economically and very disruptive to the breeder in other ways, particularly when the diagnosis is questionable, the delegates from the General Conference Committee of the NPIP believe there is a need for research in the area of avian mycoplasma diagnostics to aid in the determination of a more definitive diagnosis. Further, the Committee supports new diagnostic tests being approved for NPIP authorized laboratories that will assist with disease diagnosis. The National Poultry Improvement Plan is a highly successful health certification program that has both a national and an international impact on trade and disease control, and the National Poultry Improvement Plan includes various programs for the monitoring and surveillance of poultry flocks for Salmonella pullorum, Salmonella gallinarum, Salmonella enteritidis, Mycoplasma gallisepticum, Mycoplasma synoviae, Mycoplasma, meleagridis, avian influenza, and H5/H7 avian influenza and the control thereof. The success of any program is highly dependent upon the coordination, management, and staffing of all of its parts and the funding that it receives, and the current physical location of the NPIP national office. The NPIP national office is very efficiently located in the heart of the poultry industry, the state of GA. The office is conveniently near the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center of the University of Georgia, the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory and the Richard Russell Research Center of the Agriculture Research Service, U.S. Poultry and Egg Association headquarters, USA Poultry and Egg Export Council office, United Egg Producers headquarters, venue for the annual International Poultry Expo, and the Georgia Poultry Laboratory where many NPIP workshops are held. Location of the NPIP office has contributed to the overall success of the program.
How is membership balanced?*The committee members are elected at the NPIP Biennial conference by State delegates from their respective regions. There are seven members with a 4-year staggered term. In order to broaden the pool of nominations, the process of soliciting nominations for regional members would include advertisements in at least two industry journals (such as the newsletters of the American Association of Avian Pathologists, National Chicken Council, United Egg Producers, and the National Turkey Federation), Federal Register announcement, and special inquiries for nominations from universities and colleges with minority/disability enrollments and faculty members in poultry science and veterinary science. It is required that at least one nominee from each region be from under represented groups (i.e., minorities, women, or persons with disabilities).
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The committee meets at least annually. In the even years, they meet in conjunction with the NPIP Biennial Conference. The NPIP Biennial Conference is the only national meeting where the industry, State and Federal government consider poultry health issues on a routine basis. It has international implications relative to over $3 billion export market for poultry and poultry products.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The committee has been an integral part of the NPIP since 1947. Because it is cited in the regulations that govern the NPIP, no other committee could serve this function. This is the only official advisory committee that serves as a liaison between the USDA and the poultry industry on matters pertaining to poultry health. It serves as the official liaison between the NPIP and the United States Animal Health Association Committee on Transmissible Diseases of Poultry.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksDue to travel restrictions because of COVID-19 the scheduled GCC meeting in August of 2020 was cancelled. It has been rescheduled for May of 2021. Due to the meeting being cancelled no new recommendations were made by the GCC.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentTimely response to industry and program needs. Notifiable avian influenza control program for the commercial poultry industry.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentGreater than 10,000,001Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*128Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations Comment0 new recommendations for FY 2020.
4 new recommendations for FY 2019. 36 new recommendations for 2018. 2 new recommendations for FY2017.Previous total recommendations were not identified in the committee's history and reported in error for FY10. For the record, the total number of recommendations for the “life of the committee” are 0 recommendations from FY1997-FY2002, 10 recommendations from FY2003-FY2008, 15 recommendations for FY2009, 41 recommendations for FY2010, 41 recommendations for 2011, 69 recommendations for FY2012, 69 recommendations for FY2013, 98 recommendations for FY2014, 7 recommendations for FY2015, 23 recommendations for FY2016.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*90.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Administrative Rulemaking of committee recommendations.Narrative Description*The committee serves as a forum for the study of problems relating to poultry health and as the need arises, to make specific recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture concerning ways in which the Department may assist the industry in solving these problems. The committee serves as a liaison between the U.S. Animal Health Association and the NPIP. It plays a critical role in the planning, organizing and conducting of the Biennial conference of the NPIP. The committee appoints subcommittees or working groups to help the department develop active surveillance programs for industry disruptive poultry diseases.
Hide Section - COSTS

COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$16,853.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$35,705.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$8,500.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$3,400.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$755.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$12,000.00
Total Costs$17,608.00Est. Total Next FY*$59,605.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.14Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.28
Cost RemarksOther costs -- publication of Federal Register notices for Renewal of Charter, Meeting, and Solicitation of Nominations for GCC membersEst Cost RemarksPublication of Federal Register notices and audio/video rental fees
Hide Section - Interest Areas

Interest Areas

Category
Area
Agriculture
Agriculture
Animals
Animal Sciences and Husbandry
Veterinary Medicine
Applied Science
Applied Sciences
Basic Science
Basic Sciences
Biology
Chemistry
Materials Research
Microbiology
Business
Industry
Civil Rights
Civil Rights
Disabled
Equal Opportunity
Minorities
Native Americans
Women
Data
Data Integrity
Food and Drugs
Biotechnology
Food and Drugs
Government
Federal Government
State Government
Health
Public Health
Science and Technology
Innovation
Science and Technology
Trade
Exports and Imports
International Commerce and Investment
Trade and Trade Policy
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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Hide Section - DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036099General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2019
 COM-033420General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2018
 COM-001242General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2017
 COM-003148General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2016
 COM-003304General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2015
 COM-005253General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2014
 COM-006058General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2013
 COM-006445General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2012
 COM-008506General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2011
 COM-008542General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2010
 COM-010507General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2009
 COM-010552General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2008
 COM-012066General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2007
 COM-012404General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2006
 COM-014008General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2005
 COM-014257General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2004
 COM-015897General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2003
 COM-016394General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2002
 COM-018002General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2001
 COM-018185General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan2000
 COM-019944General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan1999
 COM-020139General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan1998
 COM-021810General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan1997