Help Us Cut Costs, Not Corners

Over a year ago Congress, rightly concerned by the regulatory burdens the CPSC was imposing, directed us in H.R. 2715 to look at ways to reduce the costs and burdens of testing, consistent with assuring compliance with applicable product safety rules.  So for the past year the staff has been considering this issue.  As readers of this blog know, I believe that there are many things this agency could do to reduce the burdens we have imposed—things that would minimize costs without jeopardizing safety.  That, of course, should have been our goal from the beginning, but unfortunately, for some Commissioners, political convenience trumped thoughtful regulating so Congress had to step in.

We have now gotten from our staff the report that Congress asked us to do.  Here is the link to the briefing package on our web site.  Throughout the past summer I have discussed what I believe should be in the recommendations.  Now I would like to hear from you. 

  • How will the staff recommendations impact you?
  • Would implementation of the staff’s ideas reduce costs? Impact safety?
  • If these ideas are helpful, tell me why.  If not, tell me how they could be improved.  What else should we be doing?

You can respond by commenting on this blog post.  However, if you prefer, you can also send me your thoughts by email at   The staff will be briefing the Commission on September 19 at a public meeting that will streamed online via webcast.  Let me have your thoughts before the meeting so that I can raise your issues with the staff.  And, as always, thanks for giving me the opportunity to have this dialogue with you.

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