Show Me The Money: Salaries, Red Tape Challenge FDA Recruiting
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
FDA’s drug center continues to operate with a staffing shortage at a time of tremendous pressure to implement new authorities. Janet Woodcock is left scrambling to find senior managers to lead top initiatives. Direct hiring authority has helped but doesn’t fully address FDA’s recruiting challenges: too much red tape and too little money.
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