WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing the appointment of Dr. Jonathan Midgett as its Consumer Ombudsman. This new position was created by the Commission to give consumers a greater voice and understanding of the agency and its activities.
The Consumer Ombudsman serves as a resource for consumers, consumer advocacy organizations, victims, victim-advocates and other non-regulated stakeholders as they interact with CPSC.
CPSC’s Consumer Ombudsman’s mission is to:
- Provide an agency perspective to consumers and a consumer perspective to the agency;
- Explain agency processes, procedures, scientific principles and technical information to consumers in plain language;
- Ensure that consumer voices are represented within agency processes;
- Serve as an educator and advisor for individual consumers and consumer organizations; and
- Build relationships with consumers to enhance consumer engagement and the agency’s mission.
Dr. Midgett has long advocated on behalf of consumers at CPSC, with a special focus on child safety. He joined CPSC in 2001 as a human factors engineer working on toys and juvenile products. In 2005, he became the Children’s Hazards Team leader where he worked on voluntary standards and rulemaking. In 2014, he joined former Chairman Elliot Kaye’s staff as a science and policy advisor.
The new Consumer Ombudsman position will build on the success of the agency’s Small Business Ombudsman (SBO). CPSC’s SBO has been in place since 2011 and was created to help small businesses understand the agency and navigate product safety regulations. Small businesses can reach the agency’s SBO by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 888-531-9070 or 301-504-7945, or can submit a question online at https://cpsc.gov/About-CPSC/Contact-Information/Contact-Specific-Offices-and-Public-Information/Small-Business-Ombudsman.