Frequently Asked Questions About the Food and Drug Administration Alumni Association

What is the FDAAA?

The Food and Drug Administration Alumni Association, Inc. is an educational, service-oriented organization founded in 2001 by a small group of FDA retirees and employees. The non-profit, non-lobbying organization is legally incorporated in the State of Maryland and has tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. The Association also has a collaborative relationship with FDA under a Memorandum of Understanding.

What is the purpose of the FDAAA?

The Association helps FDA alumni stay connected with major scientific and public health issues facing FDA and with each other through educational and other events and a variety of volunteer service projects. These activities enable alumni to continue to support FDA’s vital mission and stay active in efforts to improve public health throughout the United States and the world.

Who runs the organization?

Seven (7) officers and a 12-member Board of Directors in accordance with formal By-Laws.

Associate Members have non-voting representation on the Board to ensure their interests are adequately represented. Five (5) standing committees (Activities, Communications, Membership, Nominating and Awards) have responsibility for helping set policy, design and manage member programs, activities and services, and chart future directions for the organization.

Who can join?

All former and current FDA employees. Non-FDAers who have made major contributions to the mission of FDA can become Honorary Members. People who make financial or other contributions to FDAAA and are not directly associated with FDA are designated as Friends.

How can I sign up?

Complete a membership application and make a tax deductible annual dues payment: $35 for Alumni Members (former FDA employees), $20 for Associate Members (current employees). A lifetime membership with a one-time fee of $300 for both Alumni and Associate Members also is available. People who join in 2003 will be Charter Members. Applications can be obtained from FDAAA’s website ( or by letter request (FDAAA, 3301 Densmore Court, Silver Spring, MD 20906).

What if I live outside the Washington, DC area?

No matter. FDAAA is open to any FDA alumni or employee regardless of residence. In fact, the Association encourages the formation of affiliated chapters.

I’d like to be more actively involved: how can I do that?

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