Congress Targets Sequester-Proof User Fees For FDA
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
Rep. Sam Farr says Congressional Budget Office scoring problems prevent releasing FDA’s fiscal 2013 user fees from being held in the budget sequester, but an amendment will be proposed to ensure the agency’s fiscal 2014 fees are included in its appropriations.
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An Office of Management and Budget memo says federal agencies should reduce net discretionary spending from the initial fiscal 2015 estimate and provide options for additional cuts. Across-the-board cuts and “new user fees to offset existing spending” are not allowed in fiscal 2015 requests.
FDA’s $4.7 billion fiscal 2014 budget request proposes new fees including $58.9 million from food establishment registrations and inspections, $19.1 million from cosmetics firms and $15.04 million from medical product reinspections.
The FDA commissioner says a budget sequester would slow implementation of FDA Safety and Innovation Act provisions and reduce some overseas inspections. More emphasis could be placed on using systems that target the riskiest facilities to reduce the number of onsite inspections, Hamburg says.