The Government Accountability Office (GAO) the week of March 12 issued four reports touching on CPSC matters, whether directly or indirectly.
The first (bit.ly/2peUVHI) – on how Customs and Border Protection (CBP) interacts with other agencies – included CPSC as one of the case studies of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).
About 30% of CPSC's targeting orders at two New York ports come from the partnership. Much of the CPSC overview is description of ongoing e-filing work. GAO urged Homeland Security (which oversees CBP) to ensure a process for interagency cooperation that prioritizes enhancements and cost sharing.
The other three GAO reports addressed:
- Chemicals: The target was sustainability, but related issues of safety and health risk played large roles in the discussion. The report (bit.ly/2phtLip) did not make recommendations, but rather explored matters such as efficiencies, use reductions, protections, and life-cycles.
- Rulemaking: GAO urged (bit.ly/2pbB7oz) the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to improve its process for identifying economically-significant rules, especially those created at the ends of presidential terms. At issue is the Congressional Review Act (CRA) by which Congress has limited time to repeal some regulations.
- Guidances: Connected to the CRA review, GAO also identified (bit.ly/2peVocK) ways to improve agency's processes for creating these. Many of the points harken back to GAO's 2015 suggestions (PSL, 9/28/15) for reviews, written policies, and communication.