From RMA and FSA:
- Establishing 15 common Acreage Reporting Dates (ARDs) for farmers and ranchers participating in RMA and FSA programs. The common reporting dates will reduce the reporting burden on producers and also help to reduce USDA operating costs by sharing similar data across participating agencies. Before the streamlining, RMA had 54 ARDs for 122 crops, and FSA had 17 ARDs for 273 crops.
- APHIS is making a number of improvements to its process for reviewing license applications for veterinary biologics. APHIS anticipates being able to reduce its veterinary biologics licensing processes by potentially 100 days—or a 20 percent savings—by streamlining its processes;
- APHIS is focused on improving processes to better serve USDA's customers in the areas of risk assessment and rulemaking for the importation of agricultural products. The Agency found that by streamlining data needs, reducing the time for drafting risk assessments, and improving project management and tracking, APHIS expects significant improvements.
- On petitions requesting nonregulated status for genetically engineered (GE) organisms, APHIS anticipates being able to significantly reduce the average length of the petition process while maintaining strong oversight. At the same time, the new process will provide the opportunity for earlier input from the public on petitions for deregulations, allowing USDA to better serve all its stakeholders.
- APHIS is streamlining the enforcement process against those who jeopardize plant and animal health and animal welfare. Under a process pilot-tested in October 2011, APHIS aims to resolve a typical case in 165 days—a time savings of 40 percent. The new target for complex cases is 215 days—a 46 percent time reduction.