Yesterday I directed your attention to an article by the former general counsel of the CPSC pointing out the legal and policy issues in the agency’s proposed rule revamping the requirements of the voluntary recall process. She is not the only former senior manager of the agency to weigh in on the proposal. Matt Howsare, former Chairman Tennenbaum’s chief of staff, has also discussed the serious issues inherent in the agency’s proposed approach.
I think that it is significant that two former senior agency staffers—one a career staffer and the other a political appointee of the majority party–are rejecting the notion that the proposal is merely a “tweak” of the process, as has been claimed by some commissioners, and instead characterize the proposal as a major overhaul of the voluntary recall process. The agency leadership’s insistence on fixing what isn’t broken is very curious–and ominous–indeed.