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FDA Commissioner Delays Layoff Notices and Reassures Staff Congress Will Reauthorize User Fees

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.

Washington, DC, July 27, 2017 — Michael Mezher reports on Endpoints News that, in a July 24 email to agency staff, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said he will delay issuing layoff notices until after September 30, which is when the agency’s current user fee agreements expire.

Previously, the FDA indicated it could issue layoff notices to thousands of staffers funded by user fees should Congress not act by August 1.

In the email, Gottlieb said he is optimistic the Senate will take up the matter soon and the agency can “reasonably expect” reauthorization to occur before the September 30 deadline.

As such, Gottlieb said the FDA does “not anticipate initiating the process of making a determination regarding potential RIF [reduction in force] notices unless and until September 30 passes without reauthorization.”

“I want to reassure you that I’m confident FDARA [the FDA Reauthorization Act] will be enacted and that these user fee programs will be reauthorized in a timely manner,” Gottlieb said.

Commissioner Gottlieb added that he had been in regular communication with members of Congress who have expressed a “high degree of confidence that FDARA will be enacted before the authorizations lapse.”

Earlier in July, the House passed its reauthorization bill, and in May the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions advanced a similar bill to the full Senate for consideration.

However, with the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act taking center stage in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has yet to set a timetable for voting on the bill.