GIPSA Deputy Administrator PSP Biography
S. Brett Offutt
Acting Deputy Administrator
Packers & Stockyard Administration
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Mr. Offutt joined GIPSA in 1999 as a legal specialist, serving first in the GIPSA headquarters office in Washington, DC, and later in its Des Moines, Iowa office. In 2001, he was selected as the agency’s Supervisory Legal Specialist and returned to Washington, DC. In these roles, Mr. Offutt supported GIPSA’s regulatory enforcement efforts in the livestock, meat and poultry industries, providing legal guidance to the agency’s field investigators. In 2004, Offutt was named Director of the Policy and Litigation Division, which was later renamed the Litigation and Economic Analysis Division (LEAD). As LEAD Director, Offutt oversees the agency’s enforcement activities and works closely with the USDA Office of the General Counsel in negotiating settlements and pursuing violators through administrative hearings. He also manages the agency’s rulemaking activities and publication of reports on the industry.
Mr. Offutt was instrumental in implementing a procedural change in 2007 that allowed the agency to enter into informal settlement agreements, or stipulations, with some alleged violators rather than directing all cases through the administrative hearing process. This change allowed for a quicker and less costly response to suspected violations of the Packers and Stockyards Act, which in turn resulted in more timely compliance. In 2010, Mr. Offutt coordinated and managed the review of over 61,000 public comments received in a GIPSA rulemaking initiative. For his efforts, Mr. Offutt has twice been awarded the GIPSA Administrator’s Distinguished Employee Award. He is a frequent speaker on Packers and Stockyards matters at industry events, and regularly provides USDA employees training on the history of the P&S Act.
Mr. Offutt is a native of Adams County, Pennsylvania. He grew up on a farm north of Gettysburg, where his family grew hay and raised and trained Standardbred race horses. Offutt earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Kutztown University, Juris Doctorate degree from South Texas College of Law Houston, and Master of Laws in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas. He has two sons, one a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas and the other a junior at the University of Cincinnati. He and his wife currently live in Jefferson County, West Virginia.