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CPSC Seeks Input on Agency Priorities for FYs 2018 and 2019

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
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The Consumer Product Safety Commission will conduct a public hearing July 26 to receive views from all interested parties about its agenda and priorities for fiscal year 2018, which begins Oct. 1, 2017, and fiscal year 2019, which begins Oct. 1, 2018. Requests to make oral presentations at the hearing, as well as the written text of any such presentations and any written comments, must be submitted by July 12.

Section 4(j) of the Consumer Product Safety Act requires the CPSC to establish an agenda for action under the laws it administers and, to the extent feasible, select priorities for action at least 30 days before the beginning of each fiscal year. Section 4(j) of the CPSA further provides that before establishing its agenda and priorities the CPSC conduct a public hearing and provide an opportunity for the submission of comments.

Issues to be considered at the hearing include the following.

- priorities the CPSC should consider emphasizing and dedicating resources toward in the FY 2018 operating plan and/or the FY 2019 congressional budget request

- activities the CPSC should consider deemphasizing in the FY 2018 operating plan and/or the FY 2019 congressional budget request

- retrospective review of rules the CPSC should consider in the FY 2018 operating plan and/or the FY 2019 congressional budget request, consistent with the plan for retrospective review of existing rules adopted by the CPSC on April 1, 2016

- CPSC priorities as presented in the FY 2018 budget, including (1) focusing the agency’s resources on the highest-priority consumer product safety risks, (2) continuing to support import surveillance by incrementally developing the Risk Assessment Methodology system to identify and stop noncompliant imported products from entering the U.S. marketplace, (3) emphasizing outreach and education by engaging all stakeholders through forums and workshops, and (4) expanding the sources and types of data analysis used to identify and assess product safety risks and inform compliance decisions

- whether the CPSC should consider making any changes or adjustments to its proposed or ongoing safety standards activities, regulation, and enforcement efforts in FYs 2018 and 2019, keeping in mind the agency’s existing policy on establishing priorities for Commission action

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