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Commissioner's Diversity Policy Statement

Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration


Date:May 5, 2014
From: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, including all physical, cultural and intellectual differences. 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 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 an Executive Diversity Council, which will serve as an advisory body to senior management on matters of diversity as they pertain to our employees. I entrust our Diversity 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 generous and 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.


Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.