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.
Meanwhile, CPSC's report (bit.ly/2RYybxh) on its budget request, also issued May 28, showed the agency's plans for a $170 million appropriation. It 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.