DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
Date: January 4, 2016
From: Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Subject: Diversity Policy Statement
To: All FDA Employees
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is committed to its long standing tradition of valuing human diversity in its broadest context. To remain a high performing agency in the 21st century, we must tap into the rich resources available to us by recruiting diverse and talented individuals, while also retaining and developing our own workforce. As such, I vigorously support creating an environment within the FDA that is free of barriers to full participation, and which values diversity and empowers every individual to contribute to the mission of the agency.
To this end, the FDA's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (OEEO) has established a Diversity and Inclusion Steering Council and Advisory Council, which will serve as an advisory body on matters of diversity as they pertain to our employees. I entrust this Council to lead the way in finding new and innovative approaches toward making the agency an employer of choice for everyone. By supporting and encouraging the contributions of our employees and their efforts toward accomplishing the mission of the agency, we are fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion that will yield significant dividends now and in the future.
The FDA's effectiveness as a regulatory agency and as an organization that embodies what is best about our nation's inclusive spirit depends upon our ability to make positive change. By empowering our workforce, we are leveraging our efforts to build an even stronger agency. The FDA remains committed to the principles of equity and diversity as it pursues its central mission of protecting and promoting America's health.
This memorandum supersedes the memorandum from the Commissioner of Food and Drugs dated May 5, 2014 to all FDA employees.
Stephen Ostroff, M.D.