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Reasoning: Draft Proposal 1

FDA should maintain on the FDA Web site a list of presentations given by FDA employees to external audiences.


Hundreds, if not thousands, of FDA employees located in DC, in the 5 Regional Offices, 20 District Offices, 13 Laboratories and more than 150 Resident Posts and Border Stations located across the U.S., give presentations to external audiences each year.  FDA does not currently centrally manage or collect presentations delivered by FDA employees to external audiences.  As a result, FDA does not have a means of assessing the public’s interest in presentations given by FDA employees to external audiences.

If FDA instituted a process to track presentations given by FDA employees, and a list of those presentations were posted online, members of the public will be informed about the presentations given by agency employees, and, if interested, could request a copy from the agency.  In that way, broader access may be provided to materials of interest to the public while allowing the agency to gain a better understanding of the type of information that is of interest to the public.  Frequently requested presentations may be posted on the FDA Web site.

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