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A Time of Change At CPSC

Chairman Inez Tenenbaum will leave CPSC on Nov. 30. Commissioner Robert Adler will take over as Acting Chairman of the agency.

Chairman Inez Tenenbaum will leave CPSC on Nov. 30. Commissioner Robert Adler will take over as Acting Chairman of the agency.

After 4 ½ years of transforming the Consumer Product Safety Commission into the global leader in consumer product safety, Chairman Inez M. Tenenbaum has announced that she will be stepping down from her post on November 30.  Though the Chairman completed her term at the end of October, she will continue to lead the agency through the end of this month.  Starting on December 1, Tenenbaum will join the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, where she will work with the Product Safety, Risk Prevention & Regulatory Practice Group on product safety regulatory matters.  She will also be practicing at the firm with former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley on education policy.  Tenenbaum will be working in Nelson Mullins’ Columbia, S.C. and Washington, D.C. offices.

During Chairman Tenenbaum’s tenure, CPSC restored confidence in the safety of the marketplace and refocused its vision on advancing consumer protection.  Through the successful implementation and enforcement of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act; education and enforcement of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act; creation of a Strategic Plan; creation of the Office of Education, Global Outreach, and Small Business Ombudsman; launch of a social media initiative, and more, CPSC has connected with consumers and provided industry with predictability.  Chairman Tenenbaum created a culture where CPSC staff play a leading  role in identifying and addressing the most pressing consumer product safety priorities and mobilizing action by our partners.  By collaborating with key global and domestic stakeholders, CPSC is primed to leverage limited resources to save many lives and prevent many injuries.

Beginning on December 1, Commissioner Robert Adler, the current Vice Chairman, will take over as Acting Chairman of the agency.  Commissioner Adler has served on the Commission since August 2009, and previously served for nine years as an attorney-advisor to two commissioners.  Commissioner Adler has played a key role in the development of the SaferProducts.gov database and independent, third-party testing of children’s products, and he has spoken frequently about the safety risks posed by all-terrain and recreational off-highway vehicles.

Another recent announcement is the selection of Elliot Kaye as the new Executive Director.  Kaye succeeds Kenneth Hinson, who departed from the agency on October 18. Kaye has served in the Office of the Chairman since October 2010, first as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel, and then as Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel.  He has played a vital role in advancing the Chairman’s efforts to reduce brain injuries in youth sports, prevent deaths and serious burn injuries to children from the ingestion of coin cell batteries, and combat deaths and injuries from carbon monoxide poisoning.  In addition to being the Executive Director, Kaye will retain the title of Acting Chief of Staff during the remainder of Chairman Tenenbaum’s tenure.

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We’re Back

Now that the government has re-opened, we’re back and will begin posting blogs again soon.

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On Furlough

We’re sorry, but we will not be posting updates to this blog during the furlough of government employees. We will be back as soon as the shutdown is over.

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Circle Us on Google +

Google + is the newest addition to the CPSC social media family of communications tools.

We believe this tool will help us continue to broaden how we share information and how we communicate with you.

On our Google + page, you’ll see an immediate callout to join our circles. Pick the circle that best matches your needs. We will target our communications to you.

Consumers, you’ll see consumer product safety videos and information, recall notices, and more.

Safety advocates, including our Neighborhood Safety Network, you will receive information on our latest videos, infographics, brochures, alerts and other safety materials that you may share in your communities, both in person and online.

Media, this is a new place for you to receive all the same media advisories and information on video feeds and clips that we send through media services.

Over time, we’ll explore many of the features that Google + has to offer. Be on the lookout for CPSC hangouts in the future.

We look forward to seeing you on Google +!

CPSC Google Plus header and a sample post

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/07/circle-us-on-google/

Happy Birthday, SaferProducts!

SaferProducts.gov turns 2 today. In two years, we have posted more than 13,500 consumer product safety-related reports. These reports may involve products in your home or products that you are thinking about purchasing. These are available for you to see.

Make today your SaferProducts Day. Explore the reports and recalls that have been posted, be informed, and be empowered.

Share this free poster. We have posted it on Flickr for easy sharing. We also have a print-friendly version for you to post in your community.

Free SaferProducts.gov Poster

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