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Memorandum on the Federal Drug Testing Program

October 09, 1987

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies
Subject: Drug Testing Plan

As you know, ending illegal drug use is one of the most important goals we must work together to achieve. For that reason, I signed an Executive Order on September 15, 1986, directing each Executive branch department and agency to develop a plan that provides for drug education, counseling and rehabilitation, as well as a testing program to identify drug use by Federal workers in sensitive positions.

I was impressed by the strong determination shown at the National Drug Policy Board meeting in July to implement the Executive Order. I know that all of the departmental plans are scheduled to be submitted to the Interagency Working Group by October 15, 1987.

I have asked Secretary Bowen to provide me with a status report on our progress. Because we cannot go forward until all plans are in place, your personal attention to your department's plan as a priority matter will be helpful in ensuring that our program is successful.


Note: The memorandum was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on October 10.

Ronald Reagan, Memorandum on the Federal Drug Testing Program Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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