Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle with participants of the St. Louis University Product Safety Management Certificate Course

On the Road: St. Louis

This month, I had such a great opportunity to participate in the St. Louis University Product Safety Management Certificate Course. This course curriculum is offered through the Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business and is the brainchild of Don Kornblet, President of ADK Information Studies, LLC and Dr. Ik-Whan-Kwon, Director of Center for […]

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Silence is Golden

This past week the Chairman at the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a statement disclosing the referral of a case to the Department of Justice. The matter involves an alleged reporting violation. As the Chairman pointed out in his statement, the vote on the referral was 4-1. Although I voted against this referral—as I have […]

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Never Say Never

Recently, our chairman was interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer, in which he reportedly said that he would never again allow a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to be announced without the word “recall” in the headline.  If this report is accurate, it raises a number of serious issues. First, it does not seem wise to make […]

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Serving as Honorary Chair for Alliance of Consumer Education

I am pleased to announce that I will be the Honorary Chair of the Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) Board. ACE is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate consumers on the proper use, storage and disposal of household and institutional products. ACE’s far reaching education initiatives are to address the challenges of inhalant […]

Celebrating Women’s History Together—One Woman at a Time

I am delighted to be posting a joint blog with Commissioner Marietta Robinson as this year’s National Women’s History Month comes to a close.[1]  Commissioner Robinson and I were confirmed together by the U.S. Senate in 2013 and are currently the only women CPSC Commissioners. Since 1980, the United States has been celebrating women’s history during the […]

Commissioner Buerkle with the founders of Fan Hands, LLC.

On the Road: Toy Fair

Toy Fair is always a remarkable experience for me, and this year was no different. I was able to walk the floor with Toy Industry Association (TIA) representative Autumn Moore, to meet some of the vendors who were attending the event for the first time. One of my favorite parts of Toy Fair is to […]

Commissioner Buerkle and representatives from Newell Rubbermaid/Graco

On the Road: Atlanta

Recently, I traveled to Atlanta to visit three companies: Graco, a Newell Rubbermaid Company, Regal-Lager, a distributer of higher-end juvenile products, and Colgate Mattress Co., a family-owned and operated manufacturer of children’s mattresses. The products that these companies sell, manufacture or import are regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Each company impressed me with […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks and for family, friends, football, and of course, food! My best wishes to all of you for a wonderful Thanksgiving. We as Americans have much to be grateful for. As we gather together with friends and family, enjoying our meals, please give thanks for the men and women […]

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On the Road: Louisville

In October, I had the opportunity to visit Louisville, Kentucky to speak at the Green Industry and Equipment Expo (GIE-EXPO) and tour UPS Worldport and GE Appliances. All three events provided a great opportunity for me to get outside to the Washington, DC bubble and hear how CPSC activity is impacting the real businesses. At […]

CPSC staff who are veterans pose in front of the CPSC seal

Honoring Our Veterans

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – President John F. Kennedy, November 5, 1963 Having served on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee while in Congress, and being the daughter of an Air Force Veteran and sister to a […]