Paul Kiecker

Paul Kiecker was named Administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in March 2020. In this role, Kiecker executes a budget of over $1 billion, advancing the agency’s vision and goals, and leading innovative solutions to challenges in FSIS. He has spearheaded the strategic planning and implementation of FSIS’s strategic goals being 1) prevent foodborne illness and protect public health, 2) modernize inspection systems, policies and the use of scientific approaches, and 3) achieve operational excellence.


Kiecker has been with FSIS for more than 32 years and, throughout that time, he remained committed to ensuring the Agency meets its food safety public health goals. In his current and past roles, Kiecker continues his dedication to a robust public health vision that has guided him to overcome obstacles, identify opportunities for improvement, efficiently manage resources and achieve food safety objectives to prevent foodborne illness.