Have you ever wondered whether government officials actually listen to what you say? Sometimes it seems like Washington officials are only focused on their own political concerns.

When USA-ITA Board members met with CPSC Commissioner Ann Northup on March 9, 2010, she clearly listened. We raised several issues, including our concerns about the upcoming Safety Products database and how CPSC rulings affect every size retailer and apparel brand.

We hoped that she heard us but her blog clearly confirmed this. Commissioner Northup's blog, Safety and Common Sense, recently discussed the negative impact of the CPSIA on US retailers and importers.

USA-ITA will continue to work with the CPSC on behalf of our members. We hope that we have found an ally in Commissioner Northup.