The Freeze Thaws: US FDA Allowed To Hire Staff For Cures, User Fee Activity
White House allowed agency to hire some new employees, but lawmakers remain concerned about federal hiring freeze's effect on FDA.
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Workforce report to Congress, mandated by 21st Century Cures Act, details FDA's plans for implementing its new authorities provided by the law.
Recent departures are 'business as usual' at the agency, Commissioner says.