CPSC Staff Recommends $60.5 Million FY 2002 Budget: a 24% Increase over Current Spending.CPSC CPSC Consumer Product Safety Commission (US)
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CPSC Chemical Processing Safety Committee Commissioners are considering a staff-generated budget recommendation for Fiscal Year 2002 of $60.5 million. That amount is $7.9 million over the still-pending FY 2001 budget ($52.5 million), and $11.7 million more than the current FY 2000 operating budget Noun 1. operating budget - a budget for current expenses as distinct from financial transactions or permanent improvements
budget items, operating cost, operating expense, overhead - the expense of maintaining property (e.g. ($48.8 million)--a 24% increase.
Pamela Gilbert, CPSC's Executive Director advanced several reasons for the proposed increase. One is pay increases ($3.4 million of the increase reflects federal pay raises proposed by President Clinton and the agency's own hiring and promotion activities). Another $210,000 was added to meet the projected costs of inflation, and $150,000 for rent increases, she said.
But chief among the reasons for the $7.9 million increase is the CPSC leadership's desire for a research budget ($1 million), which Gilbert says is "modest" compared to other health and safety agencies. The budget includes $500,000 for "modernization modernization
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The Special Investigations Unit would get $1 million under the new budget plan to identify unreported product hazards. CPSC staff continues to maintain that companies do not always report, as required by law, when there is evidence that their products might pose substantial hazards to consumers.
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See also: Spite CPSC's assessing almost $6 million in civil penalties over the past five years, "the trend of companies not reporting serious hazards continues."(1)
The draft budget proposes adding five full time equivalents (FTEs) to the Special Investigations Unit to track down those companies.
Additional increases are proposed in the areas of upgrading of the agency's hazard database, and new activities in the Hazard Assessment and Reduction area. For example, CPSC staff wants to finance a handbook
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Without this additional funding, Gilbert says, the agency faces "erosion of its effectiveness in the future."(2)
(1) CPSC Monitor reported in its May 2000 issue (Vol. 5, Issue 5) that CPSC Chairman Ann Brown Ann Leslie Brown (1943-1999) was an educational psychologist who developed methods for teaching children to be better learners. Her realization that children's learning difficulties often stem from an inability to use metacognitive strategies such as summarizing led to profound and first lady Hillary Rodham Rodham is an English surname which may refer to a number of persons or places. People
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(2) "Fiscal Year 2002 Budget Recommendation," a Memorandum to the Commissioners of the Consumer Product Safety Commission from Pamela Gilbert, Executive Director, Washington, DC, June 27, 2000