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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Inspector General
At a Glance
19-N-0235
July 15, 2019
What Are Management
Challenges?
According to the Government
Performance and Results Act
Modernization Act of 2010,
major management challenges
are programs or management
functions, within or across
agencies, that have greater
vulnerability to waste, fraud,
abuse and mismanagement,
where a failure to perform well
could seriously affect the ability
of an agency or the federal
government to achieve its
mission or goals.
As required by the Reports
Consolidation Act of 2000,
we are providing issues we
consider to be the
U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency's (EPA's) major
management challenges for
fiscal year 2019.
EPA's Fiscal Year 2019 Management Challenges
What We Found
Attention to agency management challenges could result in program
improvements and protection for the public, and increased confidence in
management integrity and accountability.
The EPA Needs to Improve Oversight of States, Territories and Tribes
Authorized to Accomplish Environmental Goals:
	The EPA has made important progress, but our work continues to identify
challenges throughout agency programs and regions, and many of our
recommendations are still not fully implemented.
The EPA Needs to Improve Workload Analysis to Accomplish Its Mission
Efficiently and Effectively:
	The EPA needs to identify its workload needs so that it can more effectively
prioritize and allocate limited resources to accomplish its work.
The EPA Needs to Enhance Information Security to Combat Cyber Threats:
	Though the EPA continues to initiate actions to further strengthen or improve
its information security program, issues remain.
The EPA Needs to Improve on Fulfilling Mandated Reporting Requirements:
	The agency faces challenges in tracking and submitting reports mandated by
law that contain key program information for Congress, the EPA
Administrator and the public.
The EPA Needs Improved Data Quality and Should Fill Identified Data Gaps for
Program Performance and Decision-Making:
	Poor data quality negatively impacts the EPA's effectiveness in overseeing
programs that directly impact human health.
Address inquiries to our public
affairs office at (202) 566-2391 or
OIG WEBPOSTINGS@epa.gov.
List of OIG reports.
The EPA Needs to Improve Risk Communication to Provide Individuals and
Communities with Sufficient Information to Make Informed Decisions to Protect
Their Health and the Environment:
 In 2018, the EPA Administrator identified Risk Communication as a top
priority. Our recent reports indicate risk communication challenges across
many EPA programs.

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