|Labor & Employee||1400 Independence Ave. SW|
|Relations||Room 3175 South Bldg|
|Division||Washington, DC 20250|
|(202) 690-3938 fax|
|(800) 21701886 toll free|
January 2, 2004
|Charles S. Painter, Chairman|
|National Joint Council of|
|Food Inspection Locals, AFGE|
|4673 County Road 24|
|Crossville, AL 35962|
to Article 4, Section 7, Surveys and Questionnaires, the Agency moves to notify
the union of a (verbal) survey that will be conducted with selected field
January 5, 2004, the Office of Program Evaluation, Enforcement and Review (OPEER
will be conducting onsite surveys with in plant inspection personnel, to include
on and off line inspectors where appropriate.
The surveys, in the form of one on one interviews, are part of an effort
to review establishment performance and inspection operations.
The reviews are formally referred to as DCS (District Case Study).
As part of the study, OPEER will also be observing inspection personnel
carrying out their responsibilities. Only
inspection personnel working in establishments selected for study are potential
purpose of DCS is to assist the agency n proactively identifying problems and
issues that can be prevented or resolved at an early stage to promote
effectiveness, efficiency, and consistency of inspection operations.
Interviews and observations will be conducted to the extent that they
support the study’s purpose. The feedback received from specific interviewees will be
maintained as confidential. No
information identifying any individual will be included in the final report.
pursuant to Article 4, the results of the survey involving conditions of
employment will be shared with the Union. The
Union will be notified if any changes to conditions of employment will be made
based on the results of the survey.
|Acting Branch Chief,|
|Labor Relations Branch|
Sharon Pendergast, LERD
Douglas Kent, OPEER