Budget concerns force FDA to once again call off RFQ

WASHINGTON: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has for the second time canceled a February RFQ seeking a firm to run a wide-ranging media campaign for its 100th anniversary.

WASHINGTON: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has for the second time canceled a February RFQ seeking a firm to run a wide-ranging media campaign for its 100th anniversary.

The RFQ was first cancelled in August, due to budget restrictions, according to a government source familiar with the search.

The proposed effort was reduced in size and scope, and the RFQ was immediately re-issued.

There are no plans for a re-issue, said the source, who added that a lack of funds has simply made such a wide-ranging campaign unfeasible at this time.

The original RFQ envisioned an elaborate, three-year celebration of the FDA's mission and accomplishments. Proposed activities would have included televised town-hall meetings, traveling exhibits, and the development of a high school or college curriculum celebrating the Food and Drug Act of 1906.

"The agency wants to celebrate this historic milestone by promoting activities throughout the nation," read the original four-page document. "As a result of this effort, the public consciousness of the FDA should be heightened so that both the consumer and policy-makers see the agency as a pioneer and leader in the field of health protection and emerging scientific advances."

The FDA was founded on June 30, 1906. The proposed campaign would have begun later this year and culminated on that date in 2006.

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