Ever have a bad day and solve the problem by giving yourself an award? World's Greatest Dad, perhaps? Saintly Toy Company? Legally Compliant But Still Crazy After All These Years?
Well, I know an agency that must have had a bad day. The plaque pictured here is found in the CPSC's lobby. This well-considered award was granted by the CPSC to itself. It is the well-known Achievement of Commission Excellence Award, granted by the CPSC to itself whenever it accomplishes something truly above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty. In this case, it honored the "GC CPSIA Team" for "Exemplary Work in Expertly Interpreting and Implementing the Complex Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008". This award was issued in June 2009 - even before it expertly issued the tracking labels guidance or failed to implement the new phthalates testing standard. And let's not forget Ruthenium!
No word yet on where we can send our notes of congratulations. I certainly hope Congress got a nice plaque, too.
Job well done, guys. As Mr. Bush used to say, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!