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APPEND TX E Action-Agency Administrator Interviews The committee conducted telephone interviews with administrators from the US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Farm Services Agency (FSA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in January and February of 2002. The following questions were used to guide the interviews. Welcome and Introductions Background for Telephone Call · Questions from Administrators Questions from Committee Members to Administrators · How do you interact with the REE agencies? What improvements do you suggest? How do you make your research needs known to the agencies? How responsive and timely are the REE agencies in meeting your needs and requests? What improvements do you suggest? How are the quality and usefulness of the responses? What improvements do you suggest? What methods do you use to assess the responsiveness, timeliness, quality, and usefulness of REE support to your needs? Will the REE agencies have the capacity to meet your future needs? Do you believe there are better ways or improved mechanisms to support the research needs of your agency? If so, what? 184
APPENDIX E Questions to the Committee Members from the Administrators Closing Remarks 185