FISCAL YEAR 2016 CONFERENCE SPENDING REPORT
January 31, 2017
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Table of Contents
A.	Background	4
B.	Activities and Internal Controls Undertaken by the EPA	5
C.	Overall Size and Scope of Conference Spending throughout the Year	5
D.	"Conferences" above $100,000	5
29 Annual Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Annual Conference	5
2015	ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting	6
SAB Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel Meeting	6
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Technical Working Group on Pesticides Meeting.. 6
ORD ALL Managers Workshop	7
OSC Academy Training Program	7
2016	National Academy of Science (NAS) Workshop on Health Risks of Particulate Matter Indoors.. 7
New Partners for Smart Growth Conference	8
The Use of Life Cycle Concepts in the Supply Chain to Achieve Resource Efficiency	8
2016 Global Methane Forum	8
2016 Budget Technical Training Workshop	9
2016 Recreational Waters Conference	9
2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards Meeting	9
Superfund Cost Recovery Conference	10
National Association of Remedial Project Managers (NARPM) Training Program	10
10th National Monitoring Conference	10
SDWA Stakeholder Engagement	11
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2016 National Executive Leadership Development Conference	11
Office of Audit 2016 Conference	11
National Site Assessment Symposium Training	12
OEI Symposium and Training	12
Urban Waters National Training Workshop	12
2016 National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference	13
2016 Tribal Lands and Environment Forum	13
13th Annual EPA Small Drinking Water Systems Workshop	13
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A. Background
Building on the Administration's efforts to eliminate wasteful and inefficient spending, the Office of
Management and Budget issued Memorandum-12-12, "Promoting Efficient Spending to Support Agency
Operations," in May 2012, which established additional controls over conference spending.1 This
memorandum included a requirement for reporting of conference expenses on each agency's website
starting January 31,2013.
This report provides information on conference expenses in excess of $100,000 during the fiscal year.2 In
this report, the agency provides a description of all conferences where the net expenses for the agency, in
excess of $100,000 includes:
	the total conference expenses incurred by the agency for the conference;
	the location of the conference;
	the date of the conference;
	a brief explanation how the conference advanced the mission of the agency; and
	the total number of individuals whose travel expenses or other conference expenses were
paid by the agency.
In addition, this report provides information on the EPA's overall conference activities throughout the
year, efforts taken to reduce conference spending, and the controls the agency has enacted to ensure
conference spending is reviewed and approved at an appropriate management level.
Section 3003 of the FY 2013 Continuing Resolution, P.L. 113-6, lowered the reporting threshold on
conference spending to $20,000 and included language with new requirements for conference spending.
For conferences occurring April 15, 2013 and after, agencies are required to notify their Inspector General
of any conference exceeding $20,000 within 15 days from the conclusion date of the conference for any
conference taking place in FY 2013 and beyond.
1	"Conference expenses" are defined in OMB M-12-12 as "all direct and indirect conference costs paid by the
Government, whether paid directly by agencies or reimbursed by agencies to travelers or others associated with the
conference, but do not include funds paid under Federal grants to grantees. Conference expenses include any
associated authorized travel and per diem expenses, hire of rooms for official business, audiovisual use, light
refreshments, registration fees, ground transportation, and other expenses as defined by the [Federal Travel
Regulations]. All outlays for conference preparation and planning should be included, but the Federal employee time
for conference preparation should not be included. Conference expenses should be net of any fees or revenue
received by the agency through the conference and should not include costs to ensure the safety of attending
governmental officials."
2	The EPA uses the same definition provided in OMB M-12-12: a "conference" is defined as "[a] meeting, retreat,
seminar, symposium or event that involves attendee travel. The term 'conference' also applies to training activities
that are considered to be conferences under 5 CFR 410.404."
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B.	Activities and Internal Controls Undertaken by the EPA
1.	The EPA requires Assistant Administrator or Regional Administrator approval of all conference-
related activities above $20,000. The approval must be completed prior to obligating any funds
for a conference-related activity requiring resources above $20,000.
2.	The EPA's Office of Inspector General conducted an audit of conference related events and did
not find any significant issues with non-compliance with either OMB or EPA guidance.
3.	The EPA requires Senior Resource Officials or their designee to report conferences for their
organization with net expenses greater than $20,000 to the OIG within 15 calendar days of the
conference conclusion date. This information will include the: name of the conference,
conference location, conference date(s), and number of agency employees that attended.
4.	For conferences with net expenses greater than $ 100,000, EPA organizations must track and
report the methodology to determine which costs relate to a conference and provide a description
of the contracting procedures used.
5.	The EPA is utilizing video conferencing in lieu of in person meetings to conserve resources. If in
person meetings are required, all EPA organizations are required to attest that no adequate federal
space was available prior to obligating federal funds for meeting space.
C.	Overall Size and Scope of Conference Spending throughout the Year
During FY 2016, the EPA spent $5,026,860 for 25 "conferences" above $100,000. Below is a complete
listing of conference-related activities above $100,000 for events either hosted/co-hosted or sponsored/co-
sponsored by EPA.
D.	"Conferences" above $100,000
1. 29th Annual Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Annual Conference
	Date:	10/09/2015- 10/13/2015
	Location:	Miami, FL
	Cost:	$121,705
	Total Attendees:	29
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	10 EPA travelers
	How the conference advances the agency mission: HACU is an excellent source for workforce
recruitment outreach and access opportunities to the under-represented Hispanic American
demographic, facilitating recruitment of high-performing college students to our available
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) positions, and positioning the EPA
to effectively meet future recruiting requirements and challenges in a competitive hiring
environment.
Additionally, this event provides unfettered access to executives and educators, affinity groups,
and student organizations who serve as influencers to our target recruiting groups. HACU
involvement promotes EPA employment opportunities to under-represented communities in
support of the EPA Diversity and Inclusion Plan, 2012-2016 while providing compliance with the
President Executive Order 13583, Management Directive 715 to EEOC, establishing a
Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the Federal
Workforce.
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2.	2015 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting
	Date:	10/12/2015- 10/14/2015
	Location:	Portland, OR
	Cost:	$155,909
	Total Attendees:	544
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	21 (14 EPA travelers, 7 Non-EPA travelers)
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The ENERGY STAR Products Partner
Meeting directly supports the network of partners who leverage ENERGY STAR to improve the
energy efficiency of homes and industrial facilities, benefitting the public through enhanced
education the value of energy efficiency to all of us, as well as delivering energy and utility bill
savings, and related greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The meeting also provides an
opportunity to showcase the EPA's environmental stewardship in meeting management, through
informing meeting participants about environmental efforts associated with the meeting, and
providing opportunities for partners to contribute to these efforts. Additionally, the event is
focused on creating an opportunity for partners to take action and deliver results, directly
advancing the EPA's mission to protect human health and the environment through increased
energy efficiency that reduces energy production and the associated greenhouse gas emissions.
3.	SAB Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel Meeting
	Date:	10/28/2015- 10/30/2015
	Location:	Washington, DC
	Cost:	$104,803
	Total Attendees:	111
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	31 (28 EPA travelers, 3 Non-EPA travelers)
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB)
Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel host a peer review meeting and provide advice to
the agency on the scientific quality of EPA's research on the potential effects of hydraulic
fracturing on drinking water resources. Due to the complexity of the review of the technical
materials, it is necessary to conduct its deliberations in a face-to-face meeting accessible to the
public while offering opportunities for public comment and participation.
4.	North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Technical Working Group on Pesticides
Meeting
	Date:	11/03/2015- 11/05/2015
	Location:	Durham, NC
	Cost:	$115,321
	Total Attendees:	559
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	12 (8 EPA travelers, 4 Non-EPA travelers)
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The NAFTA Technical Working Group on
Pesticides meeting is a collaboration among the pesticides regulatory government agencies of the
Unite States, Canada and Mexico. The primary objective of the meeting is to develop more
efficient and less expensive pesticide regulation and trade among the three countries and meet the
environment, ecological and human health objectives of NAFTA. The NAFTA host a three-day
meeting annually with government and regulatory officials, growers, industry and public interest
groups.
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5.	ORD ALL Managers Workshop
	Date:	11/16/2015- 11/18/2015
	Location:	Research Triangle Park (RTP), NC
	Cost:	$196,044
	Total Attendees:	229
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	147 EPA travelers
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The ORD All Managers Workshop is a two
and half day event to bring together all 229 managers of ORD's Lab, Centers and Offices for
training in RTP. The workshop agenda covers areas such as communication and translation of
ORD science to internal and external stakeholders, enhancing ORD's work environment through
leadership and engagement, safe work environment training and developing a framework for
integrating environmental health and public health.
6.	OSC Academy Training Program
	Date:	01/25/2016-01/29/2016
	Location:	Atlanta, GA
	Cost:	$240,552
	Total Attendees:	136
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	118 EPA travelers
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The OSC Academy Training Program is the
primary source of continuing education for the EPA's Superfund On-Scene Coordinators. OSCs
are the line level workforce responsible for implementing the Superfund program and for
overseeing on-site emergency response and removal actions at hazardous waste sites. An OSC is
required to coordinate, review and direct the work at one or more sites beginning with site
discovery to completion of the time-critical removal action activities or emergency response
activities, including cost recovery activity.
The OSC Academy Training Program also serves as an essential vehicle for the EPA
Headquarters senior managers and personnel to interact with this important audience in a single
venue. Program provides education on key skills that enable OSCs to manage complex
environmental cleanups, including the dynamic nature of the technologies, policies and issues
surrounding cleanups, to protect human health and the environment. The training provided at the
OSC Academy event helps fulfill EPA's statutory responsibility for technology transfer, training
and requirements under the National Contingency Plan to train OSCs and to meet certification
and training requirements to maintain Contracting Officers Representative (COR) certification.
7.	2016 National Academy of Science (NAS) Workshop on Health Risks of Particulate Matter
Indoors
	Date:	02/10/2016-02/11/2016
	Location:	Washington, DC
	Cost:	$137,139
	Total Attendees:	60
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	18 Non-EPA traveler
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The workshop was sponsored by EPA's
Indoor Environment Division under EPA Contract EP-C-14-005, Task Order 0006 with the
National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The purpose of this activity was to
provide EPA with an authoritative assessment of the risks of particulate matter indoors as EPA
pursues national health improvements in the indoor environment.
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8.	New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
	Date:	02/11/2016-02/13/2016
	Location:	Portland, OR
	Cost:	$135,015
	Total Attendees:	70
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	46 EPA travelers
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The New Partners for Smart Growth
Conference provides an opportunity to train EPA staff on a wide variety of sustainable
community development issues. This conference allows for regional staff to better understand
how we do our work and improves coordination with the regions when provide technical
assistance to communities across the country.
9.	The Use of Life Cycle Concepts in the Supply Chain to Achieve Resource Efficiency
	Date:	03/22/2016-03/23/2016
	Location:	Washington, DC
	Cost:	$250,787
	Total Attendees:	188
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	10 EPA travelers
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The US hosted workshop is part of a series of
workshops by G7 member countries under the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency. Important
and visibility expectations and G7 protocol for these international workshops require significant
national and international collaboration, inclusion participation from G7 member countries,
industry sectors, academics and other national and international stakeholders and expert planning
and facilitation.
The G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency workshop directly supports EPA's overall mission and
efforts related to EPA's Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Program. The G7 Alliance
on Resource Efficiency is an important International platform to elevate the SMM message,
specifically encouraging the use of life cycle concepts to advance sustainable supply chains and
end of life across sectors. It offers opportunities to reduce the burden on the environment while
strengthening the sustainability, competitiveness and growth of the economy.
10.	2016 Global Methane Forum
	Date:	03/28/2016-03/30/2016
	Location:	Washington, DC
	Cost:	$286,368
	Total Attendees:	498
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	22 (14 EPA travelers, 8 Non-EPA travelers)
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The 2016 Global Methane Forum is a key
element of the US Government's International climate change strategy to promote development
and deployment of cost effective greenhouse gas emission reduction technologies. EPA is the
lead US Government Agency for the Global Methane Initiative (GMI). The GMI2016 forum is
an event that brings together all partners and private sector stakeholders to discuss and learn
about methane emission abatement and reduction in a unique international forum. This event
provides important insights on the most effective ways to promote methane abatement and
capture and use projects around the world.
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11.	2016 Budget Technical Training Workshop
	Date:	04/04/2016 - 04/07/2016
	Location:	Lenexa, KS
	Cost:	$185,498
	Total Attendees:	313
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	150 EPA travelers
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The purpose of this training event is to give
the budget community a chance to come together to obtain information and hands-on training,
discuss current and future budget issues. It allows for those in the budget community to be trained
on the latest software through demonstrations and hands-on training. Lastly, this training event
will enhance the effectiveness of the EPA's budget community and improve operations.
12.	2016 Recreational Waters Conference
	Date:	04/12/2016-04/15/2016
	Location:	New Orleans, LA
	Cost:	$239,732
	Total Attendees:	250
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	60 (30 EPA travelers, 30 Non-EPA travelers)
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The 2016 Recreational Waters Conference
addresses the recreational water quality criteria human health exposure to fecally contaminated
water. Section 303(i)(B) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) directs adoption of the revised criteria
within three years of publication. Since finalizing the 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria,
states have requested help from EPA on integrating the many new tools and data analysis
approaches connected with implementing the new criteria. The BEACH Act states welcomed this
opportunity to provide review to the technical support materials from EPA, developed in the past
few years, as well as the opportunity to network with other states, tribes and territories on this
important human health concern.
13.	2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards Meeting
	Date:	04/13/2016
	Location:	Washington, DC
	Cost:	$196,635
	Total Attendees:	985
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	1 Non-EPA traveler
	How the conference advances the agency mission: ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
winners help to transform the market for energy efficiency services and products across the
residential, commercial and industrial sectors. The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards
are also a positive, affirming experience for partners, demonstrating the EPA's appreciation of all
of their hard work in improving energy efficiency and protecting the environment. We receive
very positive, enthusiastic partner feedback after each year's ceremony. Organizations leave with
renewed enthusiasm for their partnership with the EPA and with more knowledge about the
ENERGY STAR brand and our combined benefits for the environment. They also take home key
best practices in corporate leadership, individual commitment, problem-solving innovation, cost-
effective investments and teamwork that contribute to even greater energy efficiency efforts.
Due to the recognition ceremony, partners are further encouraged to increase their support of
ENERGY STAR and their protection of the environment and public health. Partners work harder
to meet energy efficiency goals within their own organizations and increase the outreach they do
to educate the public about ENERGY STAR. Also, the positive press from the event increases
interest in the brand, resulting in new, active partners that further advance the EPA's mission
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14. Superfund Cost Recovery Conference
	Date:	05/02/2016-05/06/2016
	Location:	Chicago, IL
	Cost:	$153,850
	Total Attendees:	165
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	105 (100 EPA travelers, 5 Non-EPA travelers)
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The Superfund Cost Recovery Conference is
a training event design to facilitate interaction between the Superfund Finance and Cost Recovery
communities and EPA's agency partners to improve the cost recovery process and plan for future
changes. EPA's headquarters and regional offices, finance centers in addition to outside agencies
participate in the conference to improve the agency ability to recover Superfund cost.
15. National Association of Remedial Project Managers (NARPM) Training Program
	Date:	05/02/2016-05/06/2016
	Location:	Pittsburg, PA
	Cost:	$420,902
	Total Attendees:	340
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	230 EPA travelers
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The NARPM Training Program is the
primary source of continuing education for EPA's superfund remedial project managers. The
training program provides a venue to deliver multiple necessary training courses thereby utilizing
economies of scale to reduce cost and maximize efficiency with respect to time and delivered
objectives. The NARPM Training Program supports EPA's mission by promoting the exchange
of information between RPMs from all regional offices and headquarters and providing a forum
where RPMs discuss regional and national issues of concern, including identifying the ways that
RPMs respond to those issues.
16. 10th National Monitoring Conference
	Date:	05/02/2016-05/06/2016
	Location:	Tampa, FL
	Cost:	$165,628
	Total Attendees:	1,010
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	55 EPA travelers
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The National Monitoring Conference is
sponsored by the National Water Quality Monitoring Council which the EPA is a co-chair along
with the US Geological Survey. The conference provides a national forum for water monitoring
professionals at the federal, state, local, academic and watershed levels to share the latest
information on advances in water monitoring, assessment, reporting, restoration, management,
communication and research. More importantly, it supports the agency mission to improve and
protect waters quality.
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17.	SDWA Stakeholder Engagement
	Date:	05/26/2016 - 06/02/2016
	Location:	Washington, DC
	Cost:	$214,397
	Total Attendees:	123
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	0 EPA travelers
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
Stakeholder Engagement meetings is an eight-day event sponsored by the EPA. The purpose of
these meeting is to engage state co-regulators, regulated utilities and key non-governmental
stakeholders on priority issues related to effective implementation of the SDWA. The objective
of each meeting is to discuss strategic opportunities to advance federal, state and local policy
development and program implementation.
18.	2016 National Executive Leadership Development Conference
	Date:	06/06/2016-06/07/2016
	Location:	Washington, DC
	Cost:	$258,397
	Total Attendees:	325
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	105 EPA travelers
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The National Executive Leadership
Development Conference (NELDC) is for the EPA's senior leaders to obtain leadership training,
discuss agency priorities with the Administrator, and provide an opportunity to network. The
NELDC provides EPA senior leaders the forum to discuss building strengthened relationships as
well as seek out diverse views and tools to provide integrated solutions. Leaders have the
opportunity to engage with headquarters and regional staff to discuss and compare how their
individual organizations are performing and develop ways to work across the agency to advance
EPA's mission.
19.	Office of Audit 2016 Conference
	Date:	06/14/2016-06/16/2016
	Location:	Arlington, VA
	Cost:	$100,998
	Total Attendees:	79
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	79 EPA travelers
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The Office of Audit hosted the training
workshop to maintain, increase and enhance staff expertise in the following areas: auditing core
skills as quality assurance, data analytics and fraud detection; team work and team building; GAO
internal control guidance; Congressional and OMB perspectives; and Office of Audit directorate
missions, functions and results. This workshop also enables attendees to exchange knowledge
and share ideas to promote employee engagement, mission orientation and cohesive working
relationship.
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20.	National Site Assessment Symposium Training
	Date:	06/27/2016-06/30/2016
	Location:	Philadelphia, PA
	Cost:	$104,567
	Total Attendees:	175
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	66 EPA travelers
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The National Site Assessment Symposium
(NSAS) Training Program provides essential program and job specific training to support the
Superfund workforce by enabling Site Assessment Mangers (SAMs) to maintain and develop the
knowledge and skills essential to successful job performance. Featuring regional case studies and
tools and resources available to SAMs, the program helps bring uniformity to national Superfund
program training while also helping foster national consistent program guidance and policy
implementation. The training program provides education on key skills that enable SAMs to
characterize and assess complex environmental cleanups, to protect human health and the
environment.
21.	OEI Symposium and Training
	Date:	06/28/2016-06/30/2016
	Location:	Chicago, IL
	Cost:	$482,960
	Total Attendees:	450
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	350 EPA travelers
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The 2016 OEI Symposium and Training
event provides training to EPA Program, Regional and Laboratory Offices, opportunities to
discuss and strategize the best and most innovative ways to support EPA's mission. Participants
include Program Managers and Directors, Senior Executives and IT Staff, who engage in a series
of OEI related tracks. The tracks range from sharing new development practices to showcasing a
new model for IT Governance. The public benefits from the OEI Symposium and Training event
include, but are not limited to promoting increase in government transparency, collaboration,
information sharing and efficient application development practices.
22.	Urban Waters National Training Workshop
	Date:	07/26/2016 - 07/28/2016
	Location:	Arlington, VA
	Cost:	$221,235
	Total Attendees:	300
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	50 (20 EPA travelers, 30 Non-EPA travelers)
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The Urban Waters National Training
Workshop advance EPA's mission to protect human health and the environment by supporting
community-led efforts to improve water quality in our nation's urban waters, spur a wide range of
economic, health and social benefits to the surrounding communities. The Urban Waters National
Training Workshop continues on the success of prior workshop by bringing together technical
experts, regional staff, local government and non-government organizational representatives and
local stakeholders in order to foster an atmosphere for participants to share their expertise, to
network and to engage in peer knowledge exchange to help effectively advance regional and local
urban water efforts.
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23.	2016 National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference
	Date:	08/08/2016-08/11/2016
	Location:	St. Louis, MO
	Cost:	$216,184
	Total Attendees:	692
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	74 (70 EPA travelers, 4 Non-EPA travelers)
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The 2016 National Ambient Air Monitoring
Conference is hosted every two years in conjunction the Nation Association of Clean Air
Agencies (NACAA). The conference provides a national and international forum for EPA, state,
local, tribal, international and other agencies who are involved in implementing criteria pollutant
and air toxics monitoring programs. Attendees discussed changes to the monitoring networks as
a result of revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQs) and ambient air
monitoring regulations. This event also fosters and enhances effective partnerships among those
involved in providing the public with comprehensive, timely, accurate air quality information to
use in making choices that may protect their health and community.
24.	2016 Tribal Lands and Environment Forum
	Date:	08/15/2016-08/18/2016
	Location:	Uncasville, CT
	Cost:	$166,389
	Total Attendees:	503
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	104 (103 EPA travelers, 1 Non-travelers)
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The Tribal Lands and Environment Forum is
mission critical to the EPA by providing direct interaction and collaboration with tribal co-
regulators including tribal environmental professionals and tribal leaders. The TLEF is the only
national training and meeting dedicated to bringing tribal co-regulators and the federal, state,
local and non-profit organizations together to address the most pressing land-related
environmental issues in tribal communities and now is even stronger with the addition of water-
related issues. This event brings tribes and EPA together to discuss and learn about protecting and
restoring water resources and providing access to safe drinking water.
25.	13th Annual EPA Small Drinking Water Systems Workshop
	Date:	09/13/2016-09/15/2016
	Location:	Cincinnati, OH
	Cost:	$155,836
	Total Attendees:	259
	Individuals traveling on agency funds:	70 (55 EPA travelers and 15 Non-EPA travelers)
	How the conference advances the agency mission: The 13th Annual EPA Small Drinking Water
Systems Workshop is designed primarily for state personnel responsible for the compliance of
drinking water regulations and the permitting of treatment technology. Majority of the small
drinking water systems in the US are limited in their ability to absorb scientific research data and
comply with EPA regulation. The workshop provides the EPA and State exchanges to establish
positive relationship to gain a better understanding of regulatory and compliance challenges that
confront states. This event supports the Agency mission in proving training and technical
assistance to states in carrying out the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
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