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Not the Scenario We Had Hoped For

July 31, 2015

As described in last week’s Analysis and Commentary, “the end of the fiscal year, nobody knows what will happen next” season is upon us. … READ MORE …

Advocacy at a Glance

July 31, 2015

Advocacy at a Glance offers you the bullet point summary of current advocacy issues associated with the goals of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA. … READ MORE …

Time’s-a-Passing: Good, Bad, or Something in the Middle?

July 24, 2015

The October 1 start of the new fiscal year will be here quickly. … READ MORE …

Advocacy at a Glance

July 24, 2015

Advocacy at a Glance offers you the bullet point summary of current advocacy issues associated with the goals of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA. … READ MORE …

Initial Break-Out of Senate Ag/FDA Committee FY 16 Appropriation

July 17, 2015

Below is a preliminary break-out of the FY 16 FDA budget authority (BA) appropriations proposed by the Senate Appropriation Committee. Most center/line items were held at approximately the same level as FY 15. The exceptions are CFSAN (+$45 million), and CVM (−$6 million).  Altogether, the total is about $10 million more than the House mark, all of which is going into food safety.

As was the case with the House bill, these appropriations levels will be difficult for the agency. Not only are responsibilities increasing (e.g., FSMA for which the President requested a $109.5 million increase), but some of the fixed costs are certain to increase. For example, the Administration requested $314 million for rent and facilities costs. The Senate’s proposed  $287 million suggests the possibility that the centers might need to absorb $20 million or more in rental costs from their program budgets.

Given the incredibly tight budget constraints under which the Congress is working, we appreciate the boost provided for FDA. However, we will continue to work towards higher funding levels for FDA in FY 16.

Senate FY16 mark 2

Note: This week’s Analysis and Commentary was written by Steven Grossman, the deputy executive director of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA.

Advocacy at a Glance

July 17, 2015

Advocacy at a Glance offers you the bullet point summary of current advocacy issues associated with the goals of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA. … READ MORE …

Senate Ag/FDA Subcommittee Marks Up FY 16 Appropriation Bill

July 15, 2015

On Tuesday afternoon this week, the Senate Ag/FDA appropriations subcommittee marked up its FY 16 bill. The top-line is a $40 million increase for FDA, about $10 million more than the House mark. … READ MORE …

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