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Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Notice of public hearing.
The Commission will conduct a public hearing to receive views from all interested parties about its agenda and priorities for Commission attention during fiscal year 2005, which begins October 1, 2004, and about its draft strategic plan, to be submitted to Congress September 30, 2003, pursuant to the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). Participation by members of the public is invited. Written comments and oral presentations concerning the Commission's agenda and priorities for fiscal year 2005, and strategic plan will become part of the public record.
The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. on June 9, 2003. Written comments and requests from members of the public desiring to make oral presentations must be received by the Office of the Secretary not later than May 27, 2003. Persons desiring to make oral presentations at this hearing must submit a written text of their Start Printed Page 19790presentations not later than June 2, 2003.
The hearing will be in room 420 of the Bethesda Towers Building, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. Written comments, requests to make oral presentations, and texts of oral presentations should be captioned “Agenda, Priorities and Strategic Plan” and mailed to the Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC 20207, or delivered to that office, room 502, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
For information about the hearing, a copy of the strategic plan (available May 5, 2003), or to request an opportunity to make an oral presentation, call or write Rockelle Hammond, Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC 20207; telephone (301) 504-6833; telefax (301) 504-0127.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Section 4(j) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) (15 U.S.C. 2053(j)) requires the Commission to establish an agenda for action under the laws it administers, and, to the extent feasible, to select priorities for action at least 30 days before the beginning of each fiscal year. Section 4(j) of the CPSA provides further that before establishing its agenda and priorities, the Commission shall conduct a public hearing and provide an opportunity for the submission of comments. In addition, section 306(d) of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) (5.U.S.C. 306(d)) requires the Commission to seek comments from interested parties on the agency's proposed strategic plan. The strategic plan is a GPRA requirement. The plan will provide an overall guide to the formulation of future agency actions and budget requests.
The Office of Management and Budget requires all Federal agencies to submit their budget requests 13 months before the beginning of each fiscal year. The Commission is formulating its budget request for fiscal year 2005, which begins on October 1, 2004. This budget request must reflect the contents of the agency's strategic plan developed under GPRA.
Accordingly, the Commission will conduct a public hearing on June 9, 2003 to receive comments from the public concerning its draft GPRA strategic plan, and agenda and priorities for fiscal year 2005. The Commissioners desire to obtain the views of a wide range of interested persons including consumers; manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers of consumer products; members of the academic community; consumer advocates; and health and safety officers of state and local governments.
The Commission is charged by Congress with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury associated with consumer products. The Commission enforces and administers the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2051 et seq.); the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (15 U.S.C. 1261 et seq.); the Flammable Fabrics Act (15 U.S.C. 1191 et seq.); the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (15 U.S.C. 1471 et seq.); and the Refrigerator Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 1211 et seq.). Standards and regulations issued under provisions of those statutes are codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, title 16, chapter II.
While the Commission has broad jurisdiction over products used by consumers, its staff and budget are limited. Section 4(j) of the CPSA expresses Congressional direction to the Commission to establish an agenda for action each fiscal year and, if feasible, to select from that agenda some of those projects for priority attention. These priorities are reflected in the draft strategic plan developed under GPRA.
Persons who desire to make oral presentations at the hearing on June 9, 2003, should call or write Rockelle Hammond, Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC 20207, telephone (301) 504-6833, telefax (301) 504-0127, not later than May 27, 2003. Persons who desire a copy of the draft strategic plan (available May 5, 2003) may call or write Rockelle Hammond, Office of the Secretary CPSC, Washington, DC 20207, telephone (301) 504-6833, telefax (301) 504-0127, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
Presentations should be limited to approximately ten minutes. Persons desiring to make presentations must submit the written text of their presentations to the Office of the Secretary not later than June 2, 2003. The Commission reserves the right to impose further time limitations on all presentations and further restrictions to avoid duplication of presentations. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. on June 9, 2003 and will conclude the same day.
Written comments on the Commission's draft strategic plan, and agenda and priorities for fiscal year 2005, should be received in the Office of the Secretary not later than May 27, 2003.Start Signature
Dated: April 17, 2003.
Todd A. Stevenson,
Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission.
[FR Doc. 03-9954 Filed 4-21-03; 8:45 am]
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