HHS Has Yet to Use Four-Year-Old Authorities to Hire 2,000 Biomedical Researchers - May 12, 2020
The researchers could have helped CDC, FDA and NIH in coronavirus fight, watchdog says.
Eric Katz, Government Executive
The Trump administration has not yet implemented a law passed in late 2016 to allow several agencies to hire biomedical researchers with special authority and boosted pay who could have assisted in the government’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The 21st Century Cures Act, enacted in December of 2016, provided an avenue for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration to bring on an additional 1,500 scientists in biomedicine, bioinformatics, engineering and related fields with a salary of up to $400,000. The agencies, however, have failed to use the hiring authority and just issued regulations relating to implementation last month, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.