WASHINGTON, June 20, 2013- USDA announced that Kevin Shea is officially appointed as Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today.  

APHIS regulates genetically engineered organisms, administers the Animal Welfare Act and carries out wildlife damage management activities, among other activities. APHIS appointed Shea as Administrator on June 18, after serving as Acting Administrator since June 2012.

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

Before becoming Administrator, Mr. Shea served as Associate Administrator since September 2004. Starting in 2000, Mr. Shea served as Deputy Administrator for Policy and Program Development. 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 one year practicing law in the litigation department of Frank, Bernstein, Conaway and Goldman in Baltimore, MD.
He graduated from DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD and the University of Maryland in College Park. He earned a law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law.


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