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FDA staff resist executive order amid fears Trump could reshape agency: report

November 3, 2020


FDA officials are pushing back against an executive order that will make it easier for President Donald Trump to fire federal employees, according to a report in Politico. Patrizia Cavazzoni, the acting head of the FDA’s drug center, is reportedly among the top officials to have raised concerns about Trump’s executive order.

The concerns center on the implications of an executive order published last month that was framed by the White House as a way to give agencies such as the FDA “the flexibility to expeditiously remove poorly performing employees from these positions without facing extensive delays or litigation.”

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