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Thursday, September 06, 2007

FederalNewsRadio - Ask the CFO - John Gentile (FDA)

Food and Drug Administration

John Gentile - Deputy Chief Financial Officer

A quick look at the headlines is all you need to know that the FDA is constantly in the spotlight. As a result, Gentile says there is a lot riding on the budget. He says the agency, from top to bottom, is constantly taking the pulse of the country, and of the world, to understand how best to allocate the taxpayers' money. The FDA is also in the process of putting the finishing touches on its new, financial management system, which will allow the agency to give managers financial dashborads -- so they can get real-time information and make better decisions. The new system has also allowed the FDA to take some financial responsibilities away from scientists and researchers, who are now free to focus on their core missions. At the same time, the new, unified system will allow the FDA to see information coming from other agencies within the Department of Health and Human Resources.

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