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Issue Date: Vol. 49, No.5, May 2009, Posted On: 5/19/2009

President Fills CPSC Posts; Agency Will Receive 71% More Funding

by Staff Reporter
Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC, President Obama, Inez Moore Tenenbaum, Robert Adler, Nancy Nord, toy safety, vending, bulk vending, vending business, vending routes, coin-op

WASHINGTON -- President Obama named new leadership to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and asked Congress for $107 million for the agency, increasing its budget by almost three- quarters, just short of his promise of doubling it over fiscal 2007, according to the White House. He also revealed plans to expand the size of the CPSC's safety panel from three commissioners to five later this summer.

On May 14, the President nominated former U.S. Senate candidate and South Carolina schools chief Inez Moore Tenenbaum to chair the commission. If confirmed, Tenenbaum would replace acting chairwoman Nancy Nord, who was appointed to the commission in 2005 and said last fall that she plans to serve out her term as a commissioner, which ends in 2012. However, Nord has been the subject of intense criticism by lawmakers of both parties for lax enforcement of toy safety laws and for repeatedly taking costly trips at industry expense..

To revitalize the agency, President Obama said he is going to expand the CPSC later this summer to include five commissioners. If confirmed, Robert Adler would fill one of these new posts. The increase in the number commissioners is tangible evidence of President Obama's commitment to restoring the health of the agency, and will ensure opportunity for additional viewpoints to be expressed at its top level, the White House said.

Alder is a legal studies professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School. Before joining the UNC faculty, he served as counsel on the Committee on Energy and Commerce where he advised on CPSC legislative and oversight issues. Prior to that, from 1973 to 1984, he was an attorney and advisor to two commissioners at the CPSC.

"It is a top priority of my administration to ensure that the products the American people depend on are safe," the President said. "We must do more to protect the American public -- especially our nation's children - from being harmed by unsafe products. I am confident that Inez and Bob have the commitment and expertise necessary to fill these roles and raise the standard of safety."

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