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Consumer Product Safety Commission's Acting Chairman To Step Down


Ann Marie Buerkle, the acting chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has announced her decision to step down as the head of the federal regulatory agency at the end of her term in October.

"I have notified the White House that I am withdrawing my nominations to serve as Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and to serve an additional term at the agency," Buerkle said in a statement.

"I am grateful for the President's confidence in me to lead this important agency and to serve our nation. I intend to continue as Acting Chairman until September 30 and to complete the remainder of my term until October 27 and am committed to an orderly transition to keep the agency focused on its critical mission of protecting consumers."

Buerkle said her work with commission was "one of the most rewarding periods of my professional career" and said she would "pursue new opportunities that will allow me to continue my life's work of advocacy and public service as well as spend more time with my six children and eighteen grandchildren."

Buerkle served as a consumer product safety commissioner since July 2013 and the acting chairwoman since February 2017. President Donald Trump nominated her to the position, but her nomination was not acted on.

Her decision to withdraw her nomination to run the agency on a permanent basis comes after facing severe criticism for her poor way of handling the recall of a faulty infant products. Consumer Reports revealed that the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play was linked to 32 infant deaths, three times more than the agency had previously publicly acknowledged.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and Consumer Reports announced it wanted a recall days before the agency took action on April 12, joining Fisher-Price in taking 4.7 million inclined sleepers off the market.

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