DSLO frequently asked questions

About the DSLO

In its strategic plan for building a national integrated food safety system, both FDA and the states have identified this Directory as the primary tool for accessing key public health and agricultural officials in order to quickly manage important public health challenges.

What is the Directory of State and Local Officials?

The Directory is an interactive online resource allowing users to quickly locate contact information through an easy-to-use interface featuring interactive maps which allow users to view information geographically by state/territory and the ability to search for key regulatory professionals by agency type, title, jurisdiction, program area and more.

Why do we need a Directory of State and Local Officials?

We all have our own contact lists (worth their weight in gold) that we use to contact those people that we can rely on to do what needs to be done. What happens when you need help and you don’t know who the right person is? Have you tried to find the information you need by searching on the internet?

AFDO, through a cooperative agreement with the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), is regularly contacting each state agency on the list to ensure users are provided with up-to-date contact information for key officials.

How much information is being collected from state agencies?

AFDO is collecting contact information for agencies and personnel in key roles within that agency. Who these personnel are will vary depending on the nature and function of the agency. Agencies are invited to provide as much information as they are comfortable with listing on a public site. The following details are requested from each agency:

Agency Information:
  • Agency Name
  • Address
  • Mailing Address (if different)
  • FDA Region/District
  • Emergency/After-Hours Number(s)
  • Key Agency Contacts (Head of Agency, Public Information Officer, etc.)
  • Name
  • Title
  • Jurisdiction (See details below)
  • Program Areas (See details below)
  • Phone
  • Fax
  • E-Mail Address
Department/Contact Information:
  • Department Name
  • Department Address (If different than agency address)
  • Department Emergency/After-Hours Number(s), if appropriate
  • Key Department Contacts
  • Name
  • Title
  • Jurisdiction (See details below)
  • Program Areas (See details below)
  • Phone
  • Fax
  • E-Mail Address
Jurisdictions – What are they and how are they being used for the Directory?

FDA has identified a number of jurisdictions that they would like to be able to apply to state agencies and with which to quickly search for agency information. These jurisdictions are based upon the role performed within the agency and are intended to be general and will not necessarily match the job title of the individuals they apply to.

Program Areas – What are they and how are they being used for the Directory?

The list of Program Areas is long and varied and is intended to identify those areas of responsibility for individuals listed in the Directory. By identifying this information for each contact listed, it will enable users to not only see what program areas are covered by personnel on agency listings, but will also serve as a mechanism to refine seaches when using the online interface.

How is state agency information updated?

AFDO sends an e-mail with the current version of the agency’s overall listing with the request that the information be reviewed and updated. If no response is received after the first e-mail message, a second message will be sent. If no response is received after the second message, a phone call is made to the agency contact.

Agency Review Schedule

The below schedule is used to contact all 50 States and U.S. Territories on a quarterly basis.

Months:JAN/APR/JUL/OCTFEB/MAY/AUG/NOVMAR/JUN/SEP/DEC
FDA Regions:CentralNortheast, SoutheastPacific, Southwest
Who do I contact if I have questions about the DSLO?

Amy Bonsell
Association of Food and Drug Officials
155 W. Market Street, 3rd Floor
York, PA 17401

Phone: 717-757-2888
Fax: 717-650-3650
Email: dslo@afdo.org

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