FDA managing through partial U.S. government shutdown

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is using his Twitter feed to demonstrate how his agency is maintaining certain operations during the current partial government shutdown, from which Congress has spared most other federal medical programs. "Thank you to the 17 dedicated employees in #FDA's Division of Food Defense Targeting who are working this weekend through the lapse in funding," Gottlieb tweeted on December 22. Gottlieb also tweeted about FDA staff continuing their work monitoring the ports through which food and medicines reach the United States. Most of the HHS budget is funded through a spending bill that was signed into law days before the new budget year began. That law provided most of the funding needed for NIH, CDC, and other major federal health agencies. Left out of this massive spending package, though, was the Department of Agriculture appropriations bill, which funds FDA. Even with disruptions in the flow of funding to FDA and other health agencies, though, certain federal workers would still be expected to report for duty, HHS said in a memo.