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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.

ORACBA NEWS

MARK POWELL, ORACBA RISK SCIENTIST

Mark Powell presented “Trends in Reported Foodborne Illness in the United States; 1996-2013” on July 28 at the International Association for Food Protection Meeting in Portland, Oregon.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN RISK MANAGEMENT

On-line graduate certificate program in Risk Management – Notre Dame of Maryland is offering a new on-line certificate program in Risk Management starting this September.  The Program Director for this new program is Dr. Charles Yoe.  The program includes courses in risk assessment, risk management, uncertainty, quantitative risk assessment, risk communication and ethics and risk governance.  The first course starts on September 1, 2015.  The course is rapidly filling up.  For more information, visit the following website:  http://www.ndm.edu/academics/graduate-studies/masters-programs/risk-management-certificate/

JIFSAN COURSES

The increasing emphasis on risk-based decision making and the increasingly global nature of the food supply have resulted in the use of risk analysis to systematically address food safety issues worldwide. This has created a need to educate food safety and other public health professionals about the principles of food safety risk analysis and the tools and techniques required to apply this approach. For a detailed course description, or to register, visit our website at: http://risk.jifsan.umd.edu/registration/