Back on January 4, I announced Bernadette Juarez as acting Deputy Administrator for our Animal Care (AC) program. Today, I am announcing her appointment is no longer acting, but permanent. Bernadette has replaced Dr. Chester Gipson, who retired on Jan 1. She will lead the program’s many employees in protecting and ensuring the welfare of millions of animals nationwide that are covered under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and the Horse Protection Act (HPA). For more information, I’m including a link to my original announcement.