National Environmental
      Performance Partnership System

              FY 2012 Guidance
Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations
            Office of the Administrator
               Publication Number: 140B11002

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           National Environmental Performance Partnership System
                     FY 2012 National Program Guidance
                               CONTENTS



EXECUTIVE SUMMARY                                                 3

Explanation of Changes from FY 2011                                       5

GUIDANCE                                                              6

Goals and Objectives for FY 2012                                           7

Goal I: Conduct joint strategic planning that reflects Performance Partnership   7
principles in PPAs/PPGs or comparable EPA-state and EPA-tribal agreements
and grant workplans.

Goal I: Objectives                                                         7

Goal II: Implement the Administrator's priorities as reflected in the FY2011-    10
2015 EPA Strategic Plan and FY 2012 Budget through PPAs, PPGs and other
EPA-state and EPA-tribal agreements.

Goal II: Objectives                                                        10

Goal III:  Foster programmatically sound and fiscally responsible PPG           12
management practices.

Goal III:  Objectives                                                       12

Appendix A: Programs Eligible for Inclusion in PPGs                         15
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                           EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
I.  Program Office

Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations (OCIR) FY 2012 Guidance for
National Environmental Performance Partnership System (NEPPS).

II.  Introduction/Context

Performance Partnerships - through which EPA and states and tribes set priorities and
design strategies together - are integral to planning and implementing our national
environmental programs.  To advance the joint planning that is central to Performance
Partnerships, OCIR is issuing this guidance to the regions in conjunction with the
Agency-wide process for production and review of national program guidance through
the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO).

This FY 2012 guidance sets out the goals and objectives for Performance Partnerships.
In January 2010, the Administrator sent a memorandum to all EPA employees outlining
her top seven priorities. These are now reflected in the FY 2011-2015 EPA Strategic
Plan and FY 2012 Budget. The guidance is aligned with and directly supports these
priorities, and contains specific objectives to advance three  of the priorities through the
NEPPS  process: Children's Health, Environmental Justice,  and Building Strong State and
Tribal Partnerships.  In addition, this guidance reflects and supports EPA's  commitments
and objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan's Cross-Cutting Fundamental Strategy for
Strengthening State, Tribal and International Partnerships.

III. Goals and Objectives

Goal I:  Conduct joint strategic planning that reflects Performance Partnership
principles in PPAs/PPGs or comparable EPA-state and EPA-tribal agreements and
grant workplans.

Objectives:

1.  Take additional measures to work with states to identify  opportunities for enhanced
worksharing, resource and workload flexibility and phased implementation of program
requirements, especially where budget reductions have negatively affected state
programs.

2.  Whenever possible, consider NEPPS principles and include all the essential elements
in PPAs as identified by a joint EPA-state work group in 2004. Mutual state-EPA
priorities should be clearly articulated and distinguished from specific state and EPA
priorities.
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3.  Identify collaborations to improve state-EPA business processes and promote
continuous improvement (for example, by applying LEAN, Kaizen, Value Stream
Mapping (VSM) and Six Sigma techniques).

4.  Advance Performance Partnership principles through effective collaboration with
states on policy and implementation issues, ensuring that requests for flexibility and
innovation are addressed.  Resolve any disagreements by making full use of the issue
resolution process to elevate issues up to and including the highest levels (i.e., RA, AA,
DA).

5.  Explain and advocate for the use of PPAs and PPGs (including PPAs serving as PPG
workplans) as tools for implementing Performance Partnership principles within EPA and
with states and tribes.

6.  Support state and tribal capacity by encouraging exploration of creative new ways to
partner with states and tribes that will augment the progress made through NEPPS.

Goal II: Implement the Administrator's priorities as reflected in the FY2011-2015
EPA Strategic Plan and FY 2012 Budget through PPAs, PPGs and other EPA-state
and EPA-tribal agreements.

Objectives:

1.  Use the NEPPS process to leverage funds and activities to advance children's health.

2.  Work with states to advance environmental justice by improving environmental
conditions and public health in minority, low-income and other vulnerable communities.

3.  Support state and tribal capacity and, through strengthened oversight, ensure that
programs are consistently delivered nationwide. Strategically use PPAs to organize and
articulate mutual compliance and enforcement priorities, and ensure the alignment of
commitments in PPGs and other categorical grant workplans to achieve those goals.

4.  Ensure that the Administrator's  other enumerated priorities are included in regional-
state planning discussions.

Goal III:  Foster programmatically sound and fiscally responsible PPG management
practices.

Objectives:

1.  Ensure the timeliness of state grants. It is a priority for the Agency to ensure the
timely award of continuing environmental program grant funds.

2.  Implement Grants Policy Issuance (GPI) 09-01: Burden Reduction for State Grants.

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3. Implement Grants Policy Issuance (GPI) 11-03:  State Grant Workplans and Progress
Reports; continue to report on results of state grant performance measures.

4. Implement Grants Policy Issuance (GPI) 11-01:  Managing Unliquidated Obligations
and Ensuring Progress under EPA Assistance Agreements.

IV. Program Contacts

Mike Osinski (OCIR):  tel. (202) 564-3792; e-mail:  osinski.michael@epa.gov

Reynold Meni (OCIR):  tel. (202) 564-3669; e-mail: meni.revnold@epa.gov

V.  OCIR's Feedback Process

Upon receiving the draft FY 2012 NEPPS National Guidance from OCIR, OCFO will
post it on its website and notify its counterparts in the EPA regional offices. OCFO also
will notify the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) and EPA tribal planning
contacts.  The review period lasts approximately one month.

EPA's regional offices, states/ECOS and other stakeholders may send their comments
directly to OCIR's program office contacts (listed above). Regional, state/ECOS and
stakeholder comments and suggestions will be considered by OCIR for the final draft of
the guidance to be released in early May.

VI. Explanation of Changes from FY 2011

This guidance contains minor revisions and updates. It includes: (1)  addition on
worksharing (Goal I/Objective 1); (2) addition on ECOS-EPA business process
improvement MOU (Goal I/Objective 3); (3) rearranging of text to create a new
Objective 6 under Goal I; (4) addition on community-based grant projects to the
environmental justice section (Goal II/Objective 2); (5) updated Goal  Ill/Objective 3 on
state grant workplans and performance measures; (6) updated Goal Ill/Objective 4 on
grant unliquidated obligations.
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             National Environmental Performance Partnership System
                       FY 2012 National Program Guidance
EPA and states share responsibility for protecting public health and the environment.
Since 1995, EPA and states have been implementing the National Environmental
Performance Partnership System (NEPPS),1 an environmental performance system
designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state environmental programs and
state-EPA partnerships.

Several fundamental concepts underlie NEPPS.  Goals, priorities, and strategies should
be based on information about environmental conditions, including consideration of local
conditions and respecting the need for a "level playing field" across the country.
Performance should be evaluated based on results that are achieved in the environment.
By taking full advantage of the unique capacities of EPA and states and leveraging our
collective resources most efficiently and effectively, we can achieve the greatest results.

Performance Partnerships - in  which EPA and states and tribes set priorities, design
strategies, and negotiate grant agreements together - are integral to the planning and
implementation of our national environmental programs. To advance the joint planning
that is central to Performance Partnerships, the Office of Congressional and
Intergovernmental Relations (OCIR) is issuing this guidance to the regions in conjunction
with the Agency-wide process  for production and review of national program guidance
through the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO).

This FY 2012 guidance2 sets out overarching goals and objectives for Performance
Partnerships.  In January 2010, the Administrator sent a memorandum to all EPA
employees  outlining her top seven priorities.  These are now reflected in the FY 2011-
2015 EPA Strategic Plan3 and FY 2012 Budget. The guidance is aligned with and
directly supports these priorities, and contains specific objectives to advance three of the
priorities through the NEPPS process:  Children's Health, Environmental Justice, and
Building Strong State and Tribal Partnerships. In addition, this guidance reflects and
supports EPA's commitments and objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan's Cross-
Cutting Fundamental Strategy  for Strengthening State, Tribal and International
Partnerships.
1 See Joint Commitment to Reform Oversight and Create a National Environmental Performance
Partnership System, at http://www.epa. gov/ocir/nepps/policies guidance.htm.

2 This guidance is a compilation of existing policies and initiatives. It does not impose any legally binding
requirements.

3 The FY 2011-2015 EPA Strategic Plan can be found at http://www.epa. gov/ocfo/plan/plan.htm.
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Goals and Objectives for FY 2012
Goal I:  Conduct joint strategic planning that reflects Performance Partnership
principles in PPAs/PPGs or comparable EPA-state and EPA-tribal agreements and
grant workplans.

Objectives

1. Take additional measures to work with states to identify opportunities for
enhanced worksharing, resource and workload flexibility and phased
implementation of program requirements, especially where budget reductions have
negatively affected state programs.

Given the current economic downturn, states are experiencing severe budget shortfalls
and high unemployment. Many state environmental agencies are experiencing severe
budget cuts and will be challenged to maintain core programs. In this climate, it is
particularly important to emphasize EPA's willingness to work collaboratively with the
states to develop agreements that capture achievable priorities and commitments and help
address state-federal workload overall.

Both EPA and the states fulfill critical roles in protecting and improving human health
and the environment.  By law and through shared experience, EPA and the states must
effectively collaborate in the planning and implementation of environmental programs,
and ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements in order to succeed.

Given the economic challenges the states are now facing, in FY 2011, the Agency is
working with the states to evaluate alternate work planning approaches in order to
maintain the current levels of delivery of its environmental and public health programs.
Regions should utilize the approaches identified from this effort in planning for and
implementing Performance Partnerships with the states in FY 2012.

Further,  the Administrator has placed renewed emphasis on improving the Agency's
relationships with the states through the Strategic Plan's Cross-Cutting Fundamental
Strategy for Strengthening State, Tribal and International Partnerships.

To maintain program performance nationally and to ensure the success of the
Partnerships Strategy, the regions  are urged to expand the utilization of worksharing with
their state partners in developing their FY 2012 program performance commitments.

2. Whenever possible, consider NEPPS principles and include all the essential
elements in PPAs as identified by a joint EPA-state work group in 2004.  Mutual
state-EPA priorities should be clearly articulated and distinguished from state-
specific and EPA-specific  priorities.
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The most effective PPAs contain several "essential elements" established by a joint EPA-
state work group4 in 2004. These recommended essential elements5 are listed below:

      A description of environmental conditions, priorities, and strategies;

       Performance measures for evaluating environmental progress;

      A process for joint evaluation on how well the PPA is working and an agreement
       to implement any needed improvements that are identified;

       A description of the structure/process for mutual accountability, including a clear
       definition of roles of each party in carrying out the PPA and an overview of how
       resources will be deployed to accomplish the work; and

      A description of how the priorities in the PPA align with those in EPA's Strategic
       Plan, and/or the state's own strategic (or other related) plan.

Incorporating each of these elements still allows for a wide range of PPAs, although it
may not be feasible for some PPAs to include all the essential elements. The essential
elements may be covered at different levels of detail depending on what is appropriate for
a particular state.  There is also room for variation in content (e.g., PPAs that cover all
programs or just a few programs), as well as in organizational structure and format.  In
order to clarify the role of each party in carrying out the PPA, to the extent possible, both
state and EPA commitments should be delineated.

With these elements, the PPA can become the unifying agreement that sets out the
relationship between EPA and the state and how they expect to work together to
implement the strategies for achieving the goals and objectives in the agreement.

3. Identify collaborations to improve state-EPA business processes and promote
continuous improvement (for example, by applying LEAN, Kaizen, Value  Stream
Mapping (VSM) and Six Sigma techniques).

Continuous improvement is one of the core principles of the original NEPPS agreement.
Viewing the state-EPA working relationship through that particular lens has led to proven
improvements in the quality and efficiency of delivered services and programs. LEAN,
Kaizen, VSM, and Six Sigma techniques have been successfully used to improve state
and EPA programs and processes such as air and water permitting, Brownfields, Leaking
Underground Storage Tanks, and Wetlands.  In March 2010, EPA and the Environmental
4 State-EPA Planning Alignment/PPA Work Group, now the Partnership and Performance Work Group.
See: http://www.epa.gov/ocir/nepps/policies guidance.htm for the Work Group's findings and
recommendations.

5 Note that these essential elements are different from the ones listed in Goal Ill/Objective 3 which are
specific to state grant workplans.

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Council of States (ECOS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to affirm the use of
administrative business process improvement techniques (Kaizen, Six Sigma, Value
Stream Mapping and other methods) to enhance the achievement of environmental goals.
The FY 2011- 2015 EPA Strategic Plan also commits EPA to "work with states to seek
efficient use of resources" under the Cross-Cutting Fundamental Strategy for
Strengthening State, Tribal and International Partnerships. Regions are asked to review
the areas of federal-state interaction and identify collaborations to improve efficiency and
eliminate waste, using the appropriate business process improvement techniques.
Regions should review and apply  successful state-regional LEAN exercises, as
appropriate.  Tools and resources  ("how to" guides, case studies) can be found on the
EPA and ECOS websites: www.epa.gov/lean and www.ecos.org.

4. Advance Performance Partnership principles through effective collaboration
with states on policy and implementation issues, ensuring that requests for
flexibility and innovation are addressed. Resolve any disagreements by making full
use of the issue resolution process to elevate issues up to and including the highest
levels (i.e., RA, AA, DA).

The NEPPS issue resolution process (which includes various informal and formal steps
culminating in a final decision by the Deputy Administrator) for raising  and resolving
broad policy and implementation issues related to Performance Partnerships is outlined in
EPA's Best Practices Guide for Performance Partnership Grants.6  This is especially
appropriate in situations involving denial of a  state's request for flexibility and innovation
in a PPG.

5. Explain and advocate for the use of PPAs and PPGs (including PPAs serving as
PPG workplans) as tools for implementing Performance Partnership principles
within EPA and with states and tribes.

PPAs and PPGs are valuable tools enabling states to gain greater flexibility in how they
use and manage the funds they receive from EPA.  PPGs allow states to  achieve
significant administrative efficiencies, direct resources where they are needed most,
implement strategies that cut across program boundaries, or try other innovative solutions
to environmental problems.  Appendix A provides a list of grant programs eligible for
inclusion in PPGs. PPAs are discussed in Objective # 2 above.

For instance, states use funds from one  program area to address a budget shortfall in
another, and meet cost-share requirements by using overmatch from one program to
cover the match from another. Using PPG flexibility, states hire temporary personnel,
fund emergency activities such as hurricane response, address permit backlogs, and
support staff training and travel. They use PPGs to fund multi-media inspections and
6 A direct link to the Guide can be found in the Highlights box on the NEPPS home page at
http://www.epa.gov/ocir/nepps/.


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permitting, sector compliance/enforcement initiatives, and data system improvements
such as participating in the National Environmental Data Exchange Network.7

6. Support state and tribal capacity by encouraging exploration of creative new
ways to partner with states and tribes that will augment the progress made through
NEPPS.

The regions, for example, can extend the Performance Partnership vision and goals to
other agencies that receive EPA funds in order to more fully leverage EPA's resources
and those of other agencies to address environmental priorities, such as agriculture and
public health agencies. In addition, regions can assess the feasibility of developing other
innovative, high-level joint agreements that focus on specific environmental problems
(e.g., climate change, agriculture, mercury).

Goal II: Implement the Administrator's priorities as reflected in the FY2011-2015
EPA Strategic Plan and FY 2012 Budget through PPAs, PPGs and other EPA-state
and EPA-tribal  agreements.

Objectives:

1. Children's Health: Use the NEPPS process to leverage funds and activities to
advance children's health.

Regional programs must ensure that policies, programs, activities, and standards address
disproportionate  risks to children.  Opportunities to advance children's health issues
include: sponsoring joint meetings with counterparts in state environmental departments
and health departments to facilitate coordinated actions to better protect children's
environmental health; developing region-wide strategies to focus on addressing critical
children's health issues within each region.

2. Environmental Justice (EJ):  Work with states to advance environmental justice
by improving environmental conditions and public health in minority, low-income
and other vulnerable communities.

Regional programs should work with states to advance policies, programs and activities
that address risks to minority, low-income and other vulnerable communities.
Opportunities to  advance EJ include: (1) developing region-wide strategies through joint
meetings with state counterparts to focus on addressing critical environmental justice
issues, e.g., lead poisoning, asthma, air and water pollution from CAFOs, and multiple or
cumulative exposures to air pollution within each region; and (2) promoting collaboration
7 See http://www.epa. gov/ocir/nepps/speeches_publications.htm for more examples of how states have used
PPGs.

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with states on individual EPA-funded Community Action for a Renewed Environment
(CARE) and EJ grant projects in communities.8

3. States  and tribal nations bear important responsibilities for the day-to-day
mission of environmental protection, but they are faced with declining tax revenues
and fiscal challenges.  Strong partnerships and accountability are more important
than ever.

Support state and tribal capacity and, through strengthened oversight, ensure that
programs are consistently delivered nationwide.  Strategically use PPAs to organize
and articulate mutual compliance and enforcement (C/E) priorities, and ensure the
alignment of commitments in PPGs and other categorical grant workplans to
achieve those goals.

The annual planning process with states for C/E is an integral part of state-EPA planning,
and should reflect the shared accountability of EPA and states in protecting the
environment and public health. Historically, C/E has not been consistently included in
the NEPPS planning process.  State-EPA C/E commitments were often developed
through a  different process and memorialized in separate agreements or workplans.
During the last 5-10 years, a number of regions and states have included C/E plans and
priorities in strategic PPAs and linked them to commitments in PPGs and individual state
grant agreements. Therefore, as a best practice, regions are encouraged to organize and
articulate C/E priorities and commitments through the NEPPS process to achieve more
comprehensive, integrated and flexible work planning, especially during this time of
scarce resources and state budgetary constraints.

Enforcement topics should be incorporated into the overall programmatic discussions
about priorities, resources and annual commitments in developing PPGs, categorical
grant workplans, and PPAs serving as grant workplans. National, regional and state
enforcement priorities should be discussed with the goal of identifying the most
significant sources and the most serious violations. Regions and states should consider
all available options for addressing the most important work within the available
resources, including worksharing, innovative approaches, as well as traditional
compliance and enforcement tools. Grant workplans should include a clear identification
of performance  expectations, commitments on targeting, inspection coverage based on
the various media Compliance Monitoring Strategies and the flexibilities within each, and
the need for timely and appropriate enforcement on the most serious violations at
significant sources.  Annual commitments should also include corrective actions that
have been identified in programmatic reviews as well as the State Review Framework.
Finally, regions and states should discuss pilots of innovative approaches for addressing
less serious violations that do not directly impact the environment or public health.
8 EPA CARE and EJ Small Grants are provided directly to communities. Many state agencies have chosen
to partner with these projects and have provided valuable technical assistance, visibility and in some cases,
additional resources to improve community environmental health. See: http://www.epa.gov/care and
http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/grants.
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4. Ensure that the following priorities are included in regional-state planning
discussions.  (Note:  these priorities are detailed in individual NPM guidance from
OAR, OW, OECA, OPPTS, and OSWER):

      Taking Action on Climate Change
      Improving Air Quality
      Assuring the Safety of Chemicals
      Cleaning Up Our Communities
      Protecting America's Waters

Goal III:  Foster programmatically sound and fiscally responsible PPG management
practices.

Objectives:

1. Ensure the timeliness of state grants.  It is a priority for the Agency to ensure the
timely award of continuing environmental program (CEP) grant funds.

Delays in awarding PPGs (and other state grants) create a variety of problems that affect
the states' ability to implement programs. It is a priority for the Agency to ensure the
timely award of CEP grant funds.9  This is particularly important during the economic
downturn when many states are experiencing budget shortfalls and therefore rely heavily
on CEP grant funding.  For FY 2012, EPA will issue additional guidance through an
Advice of Allowance Letter or communications from the Office of Grants and Debarment
(OGD), and, as appropriate, provide goals and strategies for the timely award of FY 2012
CEP grants.

2. Implement Grants Policy Issuance (GPI) 09-01: Burden Reduction for State
Grants.

Grants Policy Issuance (GPI) 09-01:  Burden Reduction for State Grants10 codifies and
summarizes actions EPA has taken to address major grant-related issues identified under
the Agency's State Reporting Burden Reduction Initiative.  Section C. 2, in particular,
applies to the reporting frequency of each program included in a PPG. In addition, the
ECOS-EPA Burden Reduction Subgroup meets on an ongoing basis to address reductions
in state reporting burdens. Regions are encouraged to incorporate adopted burden
reduction efforts as widely as possible.
9 All of the CEPs listed in 40 CFR 35 Subpart A are subject to the timeliness policy except: Nonpoint
Source Management (Section 319(h)); State Underground Storage Tanks (Section 2007(f)(2)); Pollution
Prevention (Section 6605); Water Quality Cooperative Agreements (Sectionl04(b)(3)); State Wetlands
Development (Section 104(b)(3)); and Water Quality Planning (Sections 205(g) and 205(j)(2), and the
monitoring portion of Water Pollution Control (Section 106).

10 See: http://intranet.epa.gov/OGD/policv/GPI 09-01  final.pdf.

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3. Implement Grants Policy Issuance (GPI) 11-03: State Grant Workplans and
Progress Reports; continue to report on results of state grant performance measures.

State Grant Workplans: OGD recently issued Grants Policy Issuance (GPI) 11-03: State
Grant Workplans and Progress Reports11 The GPI was developed by the State Grant
Workplan Workgroup, composed of EPA and state grant practitioners, and replaces the
State Grant Performance Measures Template. It is designed to:  1) enhance
accountability for achieving grant performance objectives; 2) ensure that state grants are
aligned with the Agency's Strategic Plan; and 3) provide for more consistent performance
reporting. To achieve those objectives, the GPI requires that workplans and associated
progress reports prominently display three "Essential Elements": the EPA Strategic Plan
Goal; the EPA Strategic Plan Objective; and Workplan Commitments plus time frame.

The GPI applies to the fourteen state grant programs previously  subject to the State Grant
Performance Measures Template. It supplements, but in no way supersedes, existing
workplan requirements in 40 CFR 35 Subpart A.  To allow regions and states sufficient
time to adjust to the new requirements, the effective date of the GPI is October 1, 2012.
Based on that effective date, the Agency's goal is to have all covered grants awarded on
or after October 1, 2012 comply with the GPI. Regions and states, however, should
begin their planning now to transition to the new approach and, at a minimum, the GPI
should be considered  in FY 2012 workplan negotiations.

As the policy is implemented, it will be important for National Program Managers and
Regional Program Offices to provide appropriate outreach, assistance and education to
state recipients. In addition, OGD will work  with the regions on a case-by-case basis to
address any implementation challenges.  Please contact Jennifer Bogus,  OARM/OGD, at
202-564-5294 should you have questions related to the  GPI.

State Grant Performance Measures (formally known as State Grant Template Measures):
The current set of measures flagged as State Grant Template Measures in the Annual
Commitment System  (ACS) will be retained  for FY 2012 reporting. Reporting on the
results remains the responsibility of the regions and states. Please contact Margo
Madsen, OCFO/OPAA, at 202-564-1211 should you have questions related to
performance measures.

4. Implement Grants Policy Issuance (GPI) 11-01: Managing Unliquidated
Obligations and Ensuring Progress under EPA Assistance Agreements.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that EPA's internal controls have not
always been effective in identifying and deobligating unneeded assistance agreement
funds or preventing unwarranted accumulations of unliquidated obligations (ULOs). In
consultation with the  states, EPA issued Grants Policy Issuance (GPI) 11-01: Managing
  See: http://www.epa.gov/ogd/grants/final grants_policv issuance 11 03  State Grant_Workplans.pdf.

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                                                                             1 9
Unliquidated Obligations and Ensuring Progress under EPA Assistance Agreements,
effective in FY 2011, to better manage grant ULOs.  This policy addresses the OIG's
concerns as well as the Agency's responsibilities under the Federal Managers' Financial
Integrity Act (FMFIA) and EPA Order 5700.6 A2 CHG 2, Policy on Compliance, Review
and Monitoring^ by including provisions that highlight the need for timely
project/program completion and monitoring of unliquidated obligations. The policy
includes limits on project periods, development of indicators to assess the effectiveness
of funds utilization,  requirements for workplan milestones and delivery dates, and
"sufficient progress" terms and conditions.  Given the tight budget climate, effective
management of ULOs is a high priority for the Agency and OGD will be working closely
with the states to implement the ULO reforms. It is important for the regions to
implement GPI-11-01 for effective management of grant ULOs. The OGD contact for
the  ULO policy is Alexandra Raver, who can be reached at (202) 564-5296.

Regions and states should also ensure that PPG funds are efficiently utilized to
accomplish priority  environmental activities identified in grant workplans. The PPG
NPM, OCIR, in coordination with the media program NPMs, Regional
Program Offices and OGD, has developed the following PPG-specific "sufficient
progress" term and condition to be included in new assistance agreements awarded on or
after December 1,2010:

       EPA may terminate the  assistance agreement for failure to make sufficient
       progress so as to reasonably ensure completion of the project within the project
       period, including any extensions. EPA will measure sufficient progress by
       examining the performance required under the workplan in conjunction with the
       milestone schedule, the time remaining for performance within the project period,
       and/or the availability of funds necessary to complete the project.

The OCIR contact for the PPG ULO policy is Reynold Meni, who can be reached at
(202) 564-3669.
12 See: http://intranet.epa.gov/oswer/grants/docs/2010 1217 gpi 11 0l.pdf.

13 See: http://intranet.epa.gov/ogd/policv/order/5700 2A2.pdf.

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                                                                        Appendix A

           Grant Programs Eligible for Performance Partnership Grants
Grant Program
Air Pollution Control - CAA 105
Radon Assessment and Mitigation - TSCA 306
Water Pollution Control - CWA 106
Water Nonpoint Source Implementation - CWA 319
Wetlands Development Grants Program - CWA 104(b)3
(competitive)
Water Quality Cooperative Agreements - CWA 104(b)3
(competitive)
Public Water System Supervision - SDWA 1443(a)
Underground Injection Control - SDWA 1443(b)
Hazardous Waste Management - SWDA 301 1 (a)
Brownfields Response - CERCLA 128(a)*
Pesticides Program Implementation - FIFRA 23(a)l
Lead-Based Paint Activities - TSCA 404(g)
Toxic Substances Compliance Monitoring - TSCA
Pesticides Cooperative Enforcement - FIFRA 23 (a) 1
Environmental Information Exchange Network* -
Authority in EPA Appropriations Acts
Pollution Prevention Initiatives - PPA 6605 (competitive)
Sector Program (compliance/enforcement)* (competitive)
Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training
Indian Environmental General Assistance Program
State Underground Storage Tanks
Required
Match
Greater of MOE
or 40%**
50%
MOE
40%
25%
0%
25%
25%
25%
0%
0%
0%
25%
0%
0%
50%
0%
50%
0%
25%
* Program added to list of grants eligible for PPGs after publication of the Part 35 rule.
** MOE = Maintenance of Effort level.
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