Job Overview


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a small elite group of senior government leaders who possess a diverse portfolio of experience and the strong skills required to lead across organizations.  This dedicated corps of executives is charged with providing strategic leadership and upholding a commitment to public service that transcends loyalty to a specific agency mission or individual profession.  As an SES member you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.  

The Food and Drug Administration is the regulatory, scientific, public health and consumer protection agency responsible for ensuring that all human and animal drugs, and medical devices are safe and effective, that cosmetics, foods, food additives, drugs and medicated feeds for food producing animals, and radiation emitting devices are safe, and for tobacco product regulation in order to decrease the tremendous toll of disease, disability, and death caused by tobacco use in the United States. FDA’s programs are national in scope and effect, and the agency’s activities have a direct and significant impact on multi-billion dollar industries, in addition to protecting the health and safety of American consumers. The work of the Agency is carried out by a staff of over 12,000 scientists, physicians, regulatory and other personnel stationed throughout the United States.

This position is located in the Office of Commissioner, Office of Legislation, in Silver Spring, Maryland.


The Associate Commissioner for Legislation serves in the top management hierarchy of the Agency and is the official responsible for a comprehensive and continuing analysis of legislative needs and proposals affecting FDA, the development of new legislation to enable the Agency to perform its mission more effectively, and various Congressional liaison and policy matters.

The incumbent of this position will advise the Commissioner and other key officials concerning legislative needs and pending Congressional legislation and oversight activities which affect FDA.

Serves as the focal point for overall legislative activities between FDA, the Department, and other agencies; and analyzes the legislative needs of FDA and drafts or develops legislative proposals, position papers, and departmental reports on proposed legislation for approval by the Commissioner.

Directs the overall legislative liaison activities within FDA and between FDA and Members of Congress, the Department, and other agencies on issues concerned with the development and negotiation of all legislation which may affect FDA and with congressional oversight of FDA activities. Monitors congressional activities to keep apprised of FDA interest areas and legislative trends. Provides Congress with information requested on various operations of FDA, including explanations of scientific or technical reasons for Agency action or policies and requirements of the various laws and regulations administered by FDA and the historical background and/or rationale for these requirements.


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No