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As of January 31, 2023, there are 4840 open recommendations that still need to be addressed. 471 of these are priority recommendations, those that we believe warrant priority attention. Learn more about our priority designation on our Recommendations page.

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Imported Agriculture: Updated Planning and Communication Could Enhance Agency Coordination of Inspections

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service The Director of APHIS, in collaboration with the Commissioner of CBP, should report on the CBP-APHIS Joint Agency Task Force's progress in meeting its objectives for the 2014–2019 strategic plan, and develop periodic progress reports for future strategic plans. (Recommendation 2)
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In October 2021, CBP provided a progress report (including accomplishments) for the CBP-APHIS Joint Agency Task Force's 2014-2019 strategic plan. The 2022-2026 strategic plan, provided by APHIS in November 2021, includes a mention of performance measures. Specifically, the strategic plan notes that performance measures are used to monitor the progress of the goals and that APHIS and CBP will demonstrate program effectiveness in achieving the performance goals through the continued evaluation and improvement of performance measures. We consider this recommendation as partially implemented and

Animal Use in Federal Research: Agencies Share Information, but Reporting and Data Quality Could Be Strengthened

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service The Administrator of APHIS should instruct federal agencies to report their use of animals covered by the Animal Welfare Act in federal facilities located outside of the United States. (Recommendation 2)
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USDA disagreed with this recommendation for several reasons. These reasons include (1) the lack of an exclusion in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) or APHIS' regulations under the Act not explicitly or implicitly creating any requirement to collect information; (2) the collection of information about research activities outside of the United States not enabling or informing the agency's daily administration of the AWA and charge to ensure the humane treatment of animals; and (3) the additional regulatory burden on federal research facilities. In March 2022, APHIS officials reiterated these reasons

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