Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Allegations About a Former Commissioner

HRD-86-119: Published: Jul 22, 1986. Publicly Released: Aug 21, 1986.

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In response to congressional requests, GAO reviewed allegations concerning a former Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to determine whether he: (1) used CPSC staff to work on his personal consumer products at his residences; (2) requested CPSC staff to perform work related to his personal matters; (3) claimed travel expenses for personal trips; and (4) used government mailing privileges for personal business.

GAO found that: (1) the CPSC staff visits to the Commissioner's residence were at the staff's request and did not violate standards of conduct prohibiting the use of public office for private gain; (2) the chores the Commissioner's guests performed were of brief duration and to reciprocate for his hospitality; (3) the Commissioner's use of personal leave while in travel status did not violate government travel regulations or CPSC travel policy; and (4) the Commissioner and his staff denied any use of government mail for personal matters.

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