FDA to Cut Back Hiring of Non-US Citizens

The move appears to be out of step with other HHS agencies.

By Shawna Williams | August 14, 2017

FDA building with signFDAHiring managers at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will soon be unable to extend offers to non-citizens who have lived in the United States for fewer than three of the past five years, reports STAT. The policy, attributed to changes in the background check procedures needed to procure a government employee ID card, does not appear to be in line with policies at other federal science agencies, STAT finds.

A government policy on the ID cards, implemented in 2008, stipulates that applicants must have lived in the country for at least three of the preceding five years in order to complete the background check—but it also suggests that those who do not meet the requirement can be hired and use a different type of card until eligible.

An FDA document obtained by STAT states that the agency’s hiring change is due to a January 2017 update to that policy. Yet, “an HHS spokesman said the internal document did not include new policies on a residency requirement,” the outlet reports.

See “Scientists Concerned About Future of International Collaboration”

The order, expected to take effect October 1, will not apply to current employees. Nevertheless, two FDA staffers tell STAT they were “dismayed” and “stunned” by the policy change, and that it will affect “a huge chunk of the scientific workforce.”

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August 14, 2017

As said elsewhere. It looks like much ado about nothing (new).

Most (all) federal agencies (and private companies) have been already restricting hiring to US citizens and permanent residents (https://jobs.sciencecareers.org/job/457742/interdisciplinary-scientist-biologist-microbiologist-chemist-staff-fellow/) for a number of years. The latter, by definition, implies foreign scientists had to be residing in the US for a number of years. So, it is like putting the dots on the Is, with little changes in practical terms. The only positions still open to fresh (untrustable and drug free) foreign scientists, are low wages postdoc positions (i.e. cheap, temporary labour).

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