CPSC's FY2024 budget request, if granted, would give it 39.4% raise over its current funding. It seeks $212.6 million or $60.1 million more than FY2023's $152.5 million. Staffing would be targeted to rise from about 569 fulltime equivalents (FTEs) to 687. Cost increases associated with the existing 569 FTEs would need about $5.2 million of the extra money and other non-pay inflation would need $1.6 million.
The remaining $53.3 million of the $60.1 million bump – and staffing increases – would target:
- Border/Imports: $8.0 million | 36 FTEs, including expanded port presence ($3.4 million), lab/tech support ($2.8 million), targeting/screening ($1.2 million), and operational support ($600,000).
- DEI and Accessibility: $2.7 million | four FTEs, including HR/EEO workforce ($1.8 million), community outreach ($700,000), implementation of a diversity council ($100,000), and translation services ($100,000).
- Hazard Investigations: $19.9 million | 22 FTEs, including artificial intelligence ($5.6 million), epidemiology ($2.4 million), applied research ($5.3 million), chronic hazards ($4.2 million), data collection ($400,000) and data intake/collection systems ($2.0 million).
- Enforcement: $9.3 million | 33 FTEs, including e-commerce ($4.6 million), defect investigations ($3.5 million), and civil penalties ($1.2 million).
- Communications: $3.8 million | three FTEs, including digital advertising ($1.1 million), spokespeople collaboration ($300,000), outdoor ads to historically excluded communities ($1.0 million), digital asset production ($900,000), and raising awareness of CPSC ($500,000).
- Modernization: $9.2 million | 18 FTEs, including IT systems/cybersecurity ($4.6 million), financial management/ controls ($3.0 million), general counsel/legal capacity ($1.2 million), and zero-emissions vehicles ($400,000).
- Inspector General Support: $400,000 | two FTEs.
As for the full $212.6 million (bit.ly/3mFSkH9), money would be split across CPSC's four broad strategic goals: preventing unsafe products from reaching consumers ($93.1 million), addressing hazardous products in the marketplace ($47.4 million), communicating actionable product safety information ($10.3 million), and mission support services ($61.8 million).