FDA has provided an informational notice to NTEU stating that the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) will implement a reference tool known as the Laboratory Servicing Table (LST) Dashboard. According to the notice, ORA employees have relied on a static Excel or Adobe Portable Document Format file known as LST to obtain guidance on how to distribute samples to the appropriate servicing laboratory. ORA claims this has resulted in a highly unpredictable sample flow, which is difficult to manage from a laboratory capacity standpoint.
ORA has now developed a new tool based on an electronic dashboard which provides the employees a daily update on the individual laboratory capacity in a “simple, easy-to-use format.” Based on the data and program-specific information contained within the dashboard, the employee can easily determine laboratory capacity and guidance for selecting the most appropriate laboratory for sample submission. According to the agency, the tool is intended to direct sample submission traffic and does not change conditions of employment.
The agency also indicated that it has solicited input and provided necessary training to affected employees. Upon implementation of this new tool, ORA has stated that it will offer training which allows the employees to take advantage of multiple formats such as computer-based, WebEx, and one-on-one. The agency will also establish a dedicated mailbox for questions and support.
NTEU has requested a briefing to learn more about this initiative.
We welcome the input of affected bargaining unit employees.