Management Issues Facing the Environmental Protection Agency

Gao ID: T-RCED-93-26

March 29, 1993

This testimony focuses on management problems outlined in GAO's December 1992 transition-series report on environmental protection issues (GAO/OCG-93-16TR). The challenges confronting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)--resource constraints, information gaps, insufficient corrective action, and the increasingly global nature of environmental problems--are formidable. Regardless of whether EPA becomes a Cabinet-level department, it will have to realize greater efficiencies and effectiveness with the resources it already has. It must develop adequate and accurate information to support its regulatory programs and measure environmental results, and it must establish clear accountability for correcting existing program weaknesses. EPA needs to work with Congress to give these issues the sustained effort and attention that are essential to their resolution.

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