This request is a collaboration with Data Liberation Project volunteer Sayli Benadikar.

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is an agency of the US Department of Agriculture. Its Investigation Tracking and Enforcement Management System (ITEMS) “is a Web Based information system, hosted at [the National Information Technology Center], for tracking analyzing and monitoring investigation information of alleged APHIS violations from discovery through final judgment.”

The system supports the work of APHIS’s Investigative and Enforcement Services branch, which enforces a range of laws, including the Animal Welfare Act, the Animal Health Protection Act, and Horse Protection Act.

Our FOIA request 📄 seeks database records from ITEMS on closed cases, including the subjects of investigation, actions taken, dollar amounts of penalties, and other key details. The request also seeks documentation of the database.

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