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CPSC OIG Report to Congress CPSIA FY 2018

Published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Office of Inspector General on 2019-02-08.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

    Office of Inspector General
  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission




     Report of Consumer Product
   Safety Improvement Act Activity
         for Fiscal Year 2018



                              February 8, 2019



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Vision Statement

We are agents of positive change striving for continuous
improvements in our agency’s management and program
operations, as well as within the OIG.


Statement of Principles

We will:

Work with the Commission and the Congress to improve
program management;

Maximize the positive impact and ensure the independence and
objectivity of our audits, investigations, and other reviews;

Use our investigations and other reviews to increase
government integrity and recommend improved systems to
prevent fraud, waste, and abuse;

Be innovative, question existing procedures, and suggest
improvements;

Build relationships with program managers based on a shared
commitment to improving program operations and
effectiveness;

Strive to continually improve the quality and usefulness of our
products; and

Work together to address government-wide issues.
                          Office of Inspector General
                  U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission



                                                                   February 8, 2019



TO:          Ann Marie Buerkle, Acting Chairman
             Robert S. Adler, Commissioner
             Elliot F. Kaye, Commissioner
             Dana Baiocco, Commissioner
             Peter A. Feldman, Commissioner

FROM:        Christopher W. Dentel, Inspector General

SUBJECT:     Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Annual Report for Fiscal
             Year 2018

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires that the
Inspector General of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission annually
provide to the appropriate congressional committees the findings, conclusions, and
recommendations from its reviews and audits performed under subsection 205(a)
of the CPSIA as well actions taken with regard to employee complaints under
subsection 205(b). The attached report fulfills these requirements for fiscal year
2018.

Please feel free to contact me if you or your staff have any questions or concerns.
Background

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires that the
Inspector General of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
annually report the findings, conclusions, and recommendations from its reviews
and audits performed to meet the requirements of subsection 205(a) of the CPSIA.
Specifically, subsection 205(a) instructs the Inspector General to assess the CPSC’s
capital improvement efforts, which includes upgrades of the information technology
architecture and systems and the development of a publicly accessible website.

In addition, subsection 205(b) requires that the Inspector General review any
employee complaints fitting the definitions set forth in CPSIA subsection 205(b) and
actions taken by the Commission to address them.

The CPSIA requires an annual report to the appropriate Congressional committees
the Inspector General’s findings, conclusions, and recommendations from the
reviews and audits under subsection 205(a) and complaints under
subsection 205(b).

Report Summary

Evaluation of CPSC’s FISMA Implementation for FY 2018
(Click here for the full report)

The FISMA requires each federal agency to develop, document, and implement an
agency-wide program to provide information security for the information and
information systems that support the operations and assets of the agency. It also
requires that the relevant Office of Inspector General perform an annual
assessment of the agency’s compliance with FISMA.

The OIG contracted with Richard S. Carson & Associates, Inc. (Carson), a
management consulting firm, to perform a review of the CPSC’s compliance with
the FISMA reporting requirements for FY 2018. The review was performed in
accordance with the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency
Quality Standards for Inspections and Evaluations. The review focused on the
CPSC’s compliance with the FISMA metrics provided by the Department of
Homeland Security and Office of Management and Budget.

Carson found that the CPSC was not compliant with all of FISMA’s requirements.
The CPSC’s FISMA non-compliance has a direct impact the confidentiality, integrity,
and availability of the public facing database. However, the CPSC is making

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progress in implementing many of the FISMA requirements. Carson identified 17
findings and made 52 recommendations to improve the CPSC’s information security
posture.

Employee Complaints

No complaints fitting the definitions set forth in subsection 205(b) of the CPSIA
were received by this office during fiscal year 2018. In addition, there were no
prior year outstanding complaints which the Commission failed to address during
fiscal year 2018.




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