The acting head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission is preparing to defend herself in front of a House panel.
Critics are calling for Nancy Nord to resign, accusing her of recall delays and of accepting thousands of dollars worth of free trips from the industry.
She plans to tell the House Energy and Commerce committee that it's important for CPSC and Congress to work together to fix problems as the busy holiday season approaches.
In prepared testimony, another official, Thomas Moore, says the CPSC needs additional resources, more staff and greater authority to protect customers from potential product hazards.
But he says the downsizing and dismantling of the agency has been "going on for a while." He's asking for patience to let the agency rebuild its staff expertise and refocus its efforts to enhance product safety.