I'm not specifically referring to the myriad difficuties of operating under a CR, but rather the overly long and circuitous route FDA hires must take before they take their seats and get to work. It just takes too long.
This isn't a problem for Congress, but rather for the White House and OMB. With hundreds of current vacancies at CDER, this is a problem that needs immediate attention. The hiring process must be addressed and truncated.
For those who support an FDA that addresses safety in a more timely way -- the best way to get it done is to have an agency that is properly staffed. And expediting hires of already budgeted slots seems a logical place to start.
Will this really help the agency do a better job? Here's what Bob Temple had to say on the matter at last week's CMPI/FDA News conference -- "Hell yeah."
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