The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reportedly approved for publication a proposed rule that would allow agency staff to hold leadership positions and exercise voting rights in voluntary standards development organizations (SDOs). Permission to engage in such activity would be given on a case-by-case basis, although how a staff member votes would not require preapproval. The move apparently follows a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report recommending that CPSC review regulatory restrictions on staff participation in SDOs. GAO had suggested that allowing greater participation could strengthen voluntary standards without compromising CPSC independence. Once published in the Federal Register, the proposed rule will be available for public comment for 30 days.