Monday June 07, 2021
CPSC FY2022 Appropriations Request Is $170M; Spending $185M Possible
CPSC could spend $185 million in FY2022 under the May 28 federal budget request. The appropriation sought is $170 million, which compares to $135 million given for FY2021 (PSL, 1/4/21). The numbers do not reflect an extra $50 million given in the March stimulus act (PSL, 3/15/21) and available for five years for imports and surveillance work. Funding would fall short of a $280 million range targeted by Acting Chairman Bob Adler in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (PSL, 3/1/21). He additionally had sought a one-time $90 million influx.
The FY2022 request (bit.ly/3fB7IPc) also would increase staffing levels to 597 full-time equivalents compared to the 516-551 vicinity for the prior two years. Personnel compensation in FY2022 would take up $77 million of the total. The request cites these goals:
"In FY 2022, CPSC will focus on the highest priority risks to consumers by expanding its hazard identification portfolio and adapting to consumer marketplace changes resulting from the expansion of e-commerce with enhanced internet surveillance. The CPSC will continue to build a robust import surveillance and targeting system to better identify and stop non-compliant or defective products from entering the U.S. market at ports of entry, and expand to locations with the highest volume of de minimis shipments. CPSC will enhance its outreach and communication efforts and expand data collections and analytical tools, particularly focusing on safety disparities among vulnerable populations."
Meanwhile, CPSC's report (bit.ly/2RYyxh) on its budget request, also issued May 28, showed the agency's plans for a $170 million appropriation. Some monetary requests are related to fulfilling mandates in the recovery act. The agency explained that the extra $35 million over its current $135 million funding would go to:
The agency also made available the commission vote record (bit.ly/3cxIkbl) on the budget request. It passed 3-1, with Commissioner Peter Feldman voting no. Additionally, Commissioner Elliot Kaye sought an amendment that would have lowered the communications increase to $600,000, redirecting $1 million to defect investigations and civil penalty enforcement. It failed.
Attached to the May 18 vote record was a statement by Feldman that there should have been more increases in port inspectors and that he was displeased with the process.