Last week veteran staffer Marc Schoem announced he is leaving the agency to become the Executive Director of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO). Marc has been at the CPSC almost from the beginning and served in many capacities, but really made his mark in the Office of Compliance. While we all know that no one is irreplaceable, it is hard to imagine the CPSC without Marc Schoem.
I have often disagreed with the direction the political leadership has steered the agency. Yet I have also seen how the dedicated career staff works hard every day to keep the agency on course in spite of the changing political forces that buffet it. Marc exemplifies the best in federal service. He served as a mentor to young compliance officers and provided important leadership to the office. His common sense and practical approach to problem solving was very helpful to me when I served as a CPSC commissioner. And his vision and hard work as a board member helped ICPHSO become the important organization it is today. While Marc will be missed at CPSC, he will continue to play an important role in advancing consumer safety.