Earlier this week President Obama announced his intent to nominate Inez Moore Tenenbaum, former South Carolina State Superintendent of Education, to serve as the new chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In the same announcement, the president indicated he also is nominating Robert S. Adler, a professor of legal studies at the University of North Carolina and a former congressional aide and advisor to the CPSC, to serve as a commissioner.
The CPSC came under fire last year amidst several high-profile recalls of toys and other consumer products, and Congress responded by enacting the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (Public Law 111-314). Through CPSIA, Congress restored the CPSC to a five-member commission and significantly increased resources for the Commission. President Obama's announcement signals his commitment to rounding out the current two-member Commission and his fiscal year 2010 budget proposal includes additional funding for the CPSC to carry out its mission.
NEMA and its member companies have worked constructively with the CPSC over the years. Building good working relationships with the new chair and commissioners will continue to be a top priority in an environment of enhanced attention to consumer protection issues.