The Commission is in the process of preparing the agency’s fiscal year 2016 Operating Plan and fiscal year 2017 Congressional Budget Request. It will conduct a public hearing on June 24, 2015 to receive views from the public about the Commission’s agenda and priorities. Written comments and oral presentations concerning the Commission’s agenda and priorities for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 will become part of the public record. Fiscal year 2016 begins on October 1, 2015 and for fiscal year 2017 begins on October 1, 2016.

The Commission is specifically requesting feedback on three questions:

  1. What are the priorities the Commission should consider emphasizing and dedicating resources toward in the fiscal year 2016 Operating Plan and/or the fiscal year 2017 Congressional Budget Request?
  2. What activities should the Commission consider deemphasizing in the fiscal year 2016 Operating Plan and/or the fiscal year 2017 Congressional Budget Request?
  3. Should the Commission consider making any changes or adjustments to the agency’s proposed or ongoing education, safety standards activities, regulation, and enforcement efforts in fiscal years 2016 and/or 2017, keeping in mind the CPSC’s existing policy on establishing priorities for Commission action (16 CFR 1009.8)? The CPSC’s budget request for fiscal year 2016 can be found here.Comments are welcome on whether particular action items should be higher priority than others, should not be included, or should be added to the fiscal year 2016 and/or fiscal year 2017 agendas.

The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. and will conclude the same day. Requests to make oral presentations and the written text of any oral presentations must be received by the Office of the Secretary not later than 5 p.m. on June 10. (Written submissions will be received until the date of the hearing although the CPSC strongly encourages submissions written submissions as soon as possible to give Commissioners ample time to review them before the hearing.)

The hearing will be streamed live.  More information on how to participate and submit comments is available on the Commission’s notice of public hearing.