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Transparency at the FDA

Our Administration is committed to eliminating the barriers between the American people and their government, and we want to ensure government is open and accountable to you.
We have already acted to make government more transparent. Today, we are taking another big step in the right direction by announcing the creation of the new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Transparency Task Force. The FDA is responsible for protecting the food we eat and the medicine we use -- its work impacts every American, and ensuring the agency is open and accountable to the American people is critical.
The Task Force will gather recommendations for appropriate ways to make information about FDA’s actions and decisions that is useful and understandable more readily available to the public. You can learn more by visiting our new site.
The Task Force will hold its first meeting on June 24 in Washington and we want you to be involved. Register to attend the meeting by emailing us by June 17, 2009.
If you can’t attend the meeting in person, e-mail your comments to us by the August 7th deadline.
We appreciate your thoughts and ideas and look forward to hearing from you.
Kathleen Sebelius is Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department.