Monday, August 27, 2007

FDA Considers Outsourcing 300 Jobs

I can't wait to see the action this one gets in the broader media market...

Lou Dobbs, for instance, is some one who should have a field day with this one...

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration may outsource hundreds of jobs to private companies, according to agency officials.

The government's chief health regulatory agency is reviewing more than 300 positions in more than 20 cities to determine whether they could be performed cheaper and better by the private sector. A decision is expected next month, according to FDA documents.

An initial list of positions under review included lab technicians and field office workers who work at FDA facilities where food and medical products are inspected for safety.

However, the FDA revised the list to include only administrative jobs that aren't directly involved in food safety inspections, Chris Kelly, an FDA spokesman said Wednesday.

The FDA's outsourcing effort comes amid increased public fears about the safety of imported food and other products. In July, the White House formed an Import Safety Working Group after a string of tainted products, including toothpaste, seafood and pet food, entered the U.S. from China.

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