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Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis (ORACBA)

The Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis (ORACBA) was established by the Federal Crop Insurance Reform and Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 (P.L. 103-354, H.R.4271,
Section 304
).P.L. 103-354, H.R., Section 304 ORACBA began operation on April 15, 1995, in USDA's Office of the Chief Economist.

The Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis's (ORACBA) primary role is to ensure that major regulations proposed by USDA are based on sound scientific and economic analysis.


The National Academy of Sciences Committee on “Developing a Smarter National Surveillance System for Occupational Safety and Health in the 21st Century” will hold a public meeting at the Keck Center at 500 5th Street, NW, Washington D.C. 20001 starting at 1:00pm on June 15, 2016 through June 16, 2016.  More information is available at

The National Academy of Science Committee on “Microbiomes of the Built Environment: From Research to Application” will hold a meeting on June 20 to June 21, 2016 at 20 F Street Conference Center - 20 F Street NW, Washington DC 20001.  Chuck Haas will make a presentation on “Quantitative microbial risk assessment as a strategy for investigating health impacts associated with indoor microbiomes” on June 20.  More information is available at

The National Academy of Science Committee on the “Review of WIC Packages” will hold a public meeting during the regular meeting of the committee between June 28 and 30.  For more information about the public portion of the meeting see

The National Academy of Sciences committee on “Future Biotechnology Products and Opportunities to Enhance Capabilities of the Biotechnology Regulatory System” will hold its third public meeting on June 27 in San Francisco, CA. The public meetings are webcast:

The International Association of Food Protection will hold its annual meeting July 31-August 3 in St. Louis, MO:

Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment Basic Dose-Response Assessment Boot Camp, June 20-24, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the University of Cincinnati, Kettering Laboratory.
Registration now open at

2016 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series First Friday of each month at 2 p.m. (EST) This webinar series provides information about good and bad insects.  We will discuss how you can help pollinators and other good insects by using pesticides properly.  We will also talk about how to control insects we think of as bad, like fire ants, vegetable bugs, a new invasive fruit fly, and cockroaches. We will even have a webinar about snakes, although they're not really insects but can be a pest or a beneficial, depending on how you look at them The webinars are brought to you by the following eXtension Communities of Practice: Imported Fire Ants, and Urban IPM; and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Texas A&M AgriLIfe Extension Service,  and the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture.