October 10, 2018

I would like to take a moment to express my gratitude to Chairman Buerkle and to my fellow commissioners for the warm welcome I have received at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). 

Today is my third day on the job, and we have wasted no time getting down to business.  I am pleased to be voting today on an Operating Plan that sets out clear priorities for the agency, among other things, to focus resources on the highest-priority consumer product safety risks, and to emphasize collaboration, education, and outreach by engaging all stakeholders. 

I am impressed with the work staff has done in putting together this document, and also with how my colleagues have worked together to reach bipartisan consensus reflecting the priorities of all five Commissioners.

I look forward to working with everyone to find common ground to address these important safety issues.

The final product is forward looking in many respects. 

Before joining CPSC, I stated my belief that the agency must do more to address the role of online platforms and to improve the quality of the data on which it most frequently relies. 

With respect to online platforms, I am pleased that among the Fiscal Year 2019 priority activities included in this plan is an evaluation of e-commerce platforms to analyze potential options to monitor the marketplace effectively for emerging hazards. 

With respect to data quality,  I am pleased that this plan seeks to improve the Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction’s data analytics capabilities by expanding the use of advanced analysis software tools and seeking additional data sources that can signal emerging hazards, including evaluating whether CPSC should expand its data collection to include urgent care centers.

Thank you to our dedicated staff in preparing this document and I look forward to working with all of you.