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CPSC Office of Human Resources Management

The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) employees are dedicated to working together to protect the public from risk of injury and death involving over 15,000 types of consumer products. Our mission is to reduce unreasonable risk of injury and death from consumer products, and to assist consumers in evaluating the comparative safety of consumer products. Our vision is a marketplace where consumer products are as free as reasonably possible from defects and hidden hazards; product designs that minimize the potential for failure and human error; routine use of early warning and protection systems; state-of-art information technology that rapidly identifies potentially hazardous products; and world safety standards that are modeled on the often higher standards of the United States.

The staff is the lifeblood of the agency. Our work is highly complex and it requires us to take into account such factors as product design, the environment in which the product is used and the behaviors of consumers who use the product. We use multi-disciplinary teams of technical experts to identify these factors and develop solutions for injury reduction.

The Office of Human Resources Management is dedicated to providing management with all of the tools to recruit and select a well-qualified and diverse workforce. The employees are the backbone of the Commission and we have set goals in our Strategic Plan to enhance our recruitment, training and benefits to attract and retain the best.

Our staff comes from a variety of highly specialized disciplines. They include mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineers who look for flaws and safety enhancements; epidemiologists and statisticians who analyze injury and death information and estimate risks; economists who calculate the costs and benefits of Commission actions; and physiologists, pharmacologists, chemists and toxicologists who examine adverse health effects of hazardous substances.

We also recruit for attorneys, compliance officers, product safety investigators, computer analysts and other computer specialists as well as administrative personnel.

We have provided you information on this Human Resources site regarding our mission, employment programs and job opportunities. Please take a look at CPSC as an employer. We are looking for the best and that certainly might be you.

If you have questions regarding applying for positions, our benefits and any other of the many human resources programs please feel free to contact us. Below we have provided you with the programs, the people to contact and our phone numbers.

Recruitment and Position Management 

Recruiting for Vacancies: Preparing and distributing vacancy announcements, receiving and evaluating applications, certifying candidates, giving guidance to managers, and making offers of employment.

Processing Staffing Actions: Processing appointments, reassignments, transfers, resignations, terminations, promotions, and retirements. Position Management and Classification: Classifying and grading positions, and advising management regarding position management.

Pay Administration: Determining pay rates for employees based on grade, step, geographic location, and special rates.

We Are Also Responsible For:

Welfare to Work
Senior Executive Service
Veteran's Preference


We counsel employees and management about services, which are available to them and in some instances, their families or households: 

Federal Employee Health Benefits
Federal Employees Group Life Insurance
Retirement Programs:

  1. Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS)
  2. Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)
  3. Social Security
  4. Thrift Savings Plan - TSP

Retirement Counseling
Leave Administration
Voluntary Leave Transfer Program
Family Leave Acts:

  1. Family Medical Leave Act
  2. Family Friendly Leave Act
  3. Expanded Family Leave Act

Employee Assistance Programs
Workers Compensation Programs
Unemployment Compensation
Work Schedules

Other Services: We provide a broad range of services to employees, management and the public:

Performance Management
Employee Recognition Programs
Labor Relations
Grievance System Administration
Policy Development
Notifications of Official Personnel Actions
Restructuring and Downsizing
Merit System
Workplace Violence and Traumatic Events
Employment Verification
Emergency Dismissal or Closure Procedure
Career Transition
Official Personnel File Management

Employment Information 

Report an unsafe product