CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY OVERSIGHT: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Coordination and Increase Efficiencies and Effectiveness
Government Accountability Office WASHINGTON DC United States
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The oversight of consumer product safety is a complex system involving many federal agencies. As part of a mandate that requires GAO to identify federal programs, agencies, offices, and initiatives with duplicative goals or activities, GAO reviewed federal oversight of consumer product safety. This review examines 1 which federal agencies oversee consumer product safety and their roles and responsibilities 2 the extent and effects of any fragmentation or overlap in the oversight of consumer products and 3 collaboration among agencies to address any negative effects of fragmentation or overlap. To assess the involvement of multiple agencies in the oversight of consumer product safety, GAO conducted a multiagency survey and reviewed laws and regulations, and past GAO work. GAO also interviewed federal agency officials and consumer and industry groups.
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