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Opportunities to innovate FDA's HR system and strengthen the FDA workforce are within reach

The work of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is central to the health and well-being of all Americans. The agency regulates 20 cents out of every $1 spent by consumers -- including the entire spectrum of medical products, from drugs to surgical robots to mobile medical apps. However, the FDA is like a basketball team with only four players on the court. FDA staff are dedicated and meet the vast majority of drug and device review performance goals, but at what cost to morale and the agency's mission? Given the pressures to meet performance goals, the vacancies force agency leaders to make tough choices between product reviews and broader initiatives, such as advancing regulatory science and developing guidance documents. Read our memo to understand the challenges and opportunities facing the FDA workforce.

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