CBER Staffing Remains Challenging, But Permanent Virtual Work May Help Offset Expected Retirements
Peter Marks predicts that staffing challenges within CBER can be alleviated by offering employees the flexibility to work remotely – permanently. With important posts in the vaccines office still to be hired, it could be an important incentive.
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