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WASHINGTON — In a recent report to Congress, the Food and Drug Administration expressed gratitude for a 2016 law that enabled the agency to pay some staff higher salaries and hire them more quickly. It has also intimated that it would be useful for Congress to expand those powers to more staff in the future.

The FDA has long faced challenges hiring staff, due in part to bureaucratic hangups, and in part due to the fact that the agency is competing with the private sector, which can afford to pay employees more.

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