Shea named APHIS administrator

Kevin Shea has been appointed administrator of USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), after serving as acting administrator for the past year.

According to a news release, as administrator, Shea will focus on protecting and promoting American agriculture, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.

In addition to his regular duties, Shea serves on the Secretary's Executive Resources Board and the Secretary's Management Council.

Before becoming administrator, Shea served as associate administrator since 2004. Starting in 2000, Shea served as deputy administrator for policy and program development, providing leadership for the overall planning and direction of policies, programs and activities at APHIS, as well as being responsible for the agency's budget, regulation development and environmental compliance programs.

From 1992 to 2000 he served as APHIS' director of budget and accounting. Earlier in his career he worked as a budget analyst, chief of the Program Analysis Branch, and chief of the Policy Analysis and Development staff. He also spent a year practicing law in the litigation department of Frank, Bernstein, Conaway and Goldman in Baltimore, Md.

A native Washington, D.C., Shea now resides in Crofton, Md.

Originally posted Thursday, Jun. 20, 2013