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Operations Staff


  • Provides leadership and direction to the Associate Commissioner for External Affairs, and other senior managers and staff, on all areas of office and resource management, including budget formulation and execution, financial management, management analysis, personnel, safety, and administrative operations.
  • Provides leadership and direction for the management and administrative interface with the Agency, Department and other Federal Agencies.
  • Oversees the management of acquisitions and contracts within OEA.
  • Provides leadership to assure compliance with statutes, executive orders and administrative directives, such as the Chief Financial Officer Act and the Federal Financial Managers’ Financial Integrity Act.
  • Plans and directs OEA operations related to financial, personnel, administrative, and safety management services.
  • Provides leadership and guidance to OEA on all aspects of administrative management operations, physical security, safety management and property management activities in accordance with established guidelines.
  • Directs and coordinates the OEA safety program; develops plans and activities to assure the OEA compliance with safety related laws and regulations.
  • Provides services and support on human capital management activities and serves as Liaison with the Agency’s Office of Human Resources.
  • Develops and coordinates short and long-range facility plans and priorities for the OEA. Serves as Principal Liaison with other Agency components to assure that the OEA facilities are adequate and that special issues, needs, or concerns are addressed.
  • Serves as a key resource for historical perspectives as well as records and resources used for Agency communication and programs, including printed and online information, commemoratives, anniversaries and milestones.

FDA History Office

  • Provides expertise on history of FDA and predecessors; and is a key resource for historical records and resources used for Agency communication and programs, including printed and online information, commemoratives, anniversaries and milestones.
  • Conducts research and creates content for print and online publications, social media, blogs, briefing reports, and presentations interpretive of FDA for internal and external audiences. Maintains an extensive office research file.
  • Responds to information requests from FDA Centers, scholars, press, consumers, government Agencies, industry, trade organizations, health professionals, associations, and foreign sources. Presents information to internal and external audiences, including in workshops, briefings, and seminars.
  • Provides expertise and assesses the historical value of Agency communication materials and other resources, i.e. records, photographs, films, audio-visual records, and rare or out-of-print monographs, etc. Leverages FDA resources through consultative partnerships with FDA offices.
  • Collaborates on preservation of historical materials with experts at the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Library of Medicine, the Smithsonian Institution, and other Government, Academic, and Private Institutions.
  • Collects, processes, and preserves artifacts that capture the history of FDA’s work, represent the commodities it regulates, and document the breadth of its responsibilities. Mounts a variety of exhibits in collaboration with other public and private institutions to educate agency employees and the public about the history and work of the FDA.
  • Partners with the National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division, to create and make available transcripts and recordings of an oral history program that documents FDA’s institutional history, through personal interviews with key exiting FDA employees.