Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
Karen Ratzow - Acting Chief of Budget and Program Analysis
Even if you have never heard of APHIS, chances are you are aware of the work the agency does. On the job 24/7, APHIS is charged with protecting the health of the country's agriculture, constantly on guard against pests and diseases. Additionally, APHIS is responsible for monitoring genetically engineered organisms and administering the Animal Welfare Act. Ratzow says while it has been tough for APHIS to compete for resources, the agency has been working internally to better align the budget to help take on the most pressing threats. She says one factor contributing to the agency's recent success in this area has been support from senior APHIS officials. She also says working groups at the mid-level manager level have been especially effective in keeping all APHIS programs on track.