More than HALF of CDC staff leave to work for Big Pharma and ‘revolving door’ of workers at public agency makes it vulnerable to corruption

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Over a third of people appointed to the HHS leave to take jobs in private sectors

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More than half of Centers for Disease Control (CDC) staff go on to work for big pharma, a first-of-its-kind report has found.

The analysis found that, between 2004 and 2020, 54 percent of workers who left the agency for another job moved into the private health sector.

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At the same time, a significant number of new staff hired by government health agencies come directly from private drug firms.

Researchers from the University of Southern California and Harvard University who published the report said this ‘revolving door’ between federal workers and private healthcare companies has made government agencies vulnerable to corruption.

The study leader called to expand federal ‘cooling off’ laws — which prohibit former government employees from immediately lobbying on behalf of private organizations.

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The report also found that over a third of people appointed to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) leave to take jobs in the healthcare private sector, as do 53 percent of employees at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The HHS is the branch of the US government that deals with health, and the CDC is one of its major components.

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