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Agency policy, and approves - annual 8 1.29 Office of Inspector General. plans and modifications for travel

The Office of Inspector General asabroad and attendance at internation

sumes overall responsibility for audits al conferences and events. It provides

and investigations relating to EPA administrative support for the general

programs and operations. The Office activities of the Executive Secretary of

provides leadership and coordination the U.S. side of the US-USSR/PRC

and recommends policies for other agreements on environmental protec- Agency activities designed to promote tion and of the U.S. Coordinator for economy and efficiency and to prevent the NATO Committee on the Chal- and detect fraud and abuse is such lenges of Modern Society. The Office programs and operations. The Office supervises these programs with re- of the Inspector General informs the spect to activities which are complete- Administrator, Deputy Administrator, ly within the purview of EPA.

and Congress of serious problems, (b) Office of Regional Operations.

abuses and deficiencies relating to The Office of Regional Operations,

EPA programs and operations, and of under the supervision of an Associate

the necessity for and progress of corAdministrator, reports directly to the

rective action; and reviews existing Administrator and Deputy Adminis

and proposed legislation and regulatrator. The Office serves as the pri

tions to assess the impact on the ad

ministration of EPA's programs and mary communications link between the Administrator/Deputy Adminis- operations. The Office recommends trator and the Regional Administra

policies for, and conducts or coordi

nates relationships between, the tors. It provides a Headquarters focus

Agency and other Federal, State and for ensuring the involvement of Re

local government agencies, and nongions, or consideration of Regional

governmental entities on all matters views and needs, in all aspects of the relating to the promotion of economy Agency's work. The Office is responsi- and efficiency in the administration ble for assuring Regional participation of, or the prevention and detection of in Agency decision-making processes, fraud and abuse in, programs and opassessing the impact of Headquarters erations administered by the Agency. actions on Regional operations, and acting as ombudsman to resolve Re- 8 1.31 Office of General Counsel. gional problems on behalf of the Ad

The Office of General Counsel is ministrator. The Associate Adminis- under the supervision of the General trator coordinates Regional issues, or- Counsel who serves as the primary ganizes Regional Administrator meet- legal adviser to the Administrator. ings and work groups; and coordinates The office provides legal services to all Regional responses to specific issues. organizational elements of the Agency In addition, the Office is responsible with respect to all Agency programs for working with the Regional Offices and activities and also provides legal to further the consistent application opinions, legal counsel, and litigation of national program policies by rein- support; and assists in the formulation forcing existing administrative, proce- and administration of the Agency's dural, and program policy mechanisms policies and programs as legal adviser. as well as through initiation of reviews

8 1.33 Office of Administration and Reof significant Regional issues of interest to the Administrator. It continual

sources Management. ly monitors responsiveness and compli

The Office of Administration and ance with established policies and

Resources Management is under the technical needs through formal and

supervision of the Assistance Adminisinformal contact and free dialogue.

trator for Administration and ReThe Office initiates and conducts on

sources Management who provides site field visits to study, analyze, and

services to all of the programs and acresolve problems of Regional, section

tivities of the Agency, except as may al, and national scale.

be specifically noted. In addition, the Assistant Administrator has primary

responsibility Agencywide for policy (b) Office of Administration, Cincinand procedures governing the func- nati, Ohio. The Office of Administrational areas outlined below. The major tion at Cincinnati, Ohio, under the sufunctions of the Office include re- pervision of a Director, provides and sources management and systems (in- administers personnel, procurement, cluding budget and financial manage- safety and security, property and ment), personnel services, occupation- supply, printing, distribution, facilial health and safety, administrative ties, and other administrative service services, organization and manage- programs at Cincinnati and other ment analysis and systems develop- specified geographic locations. ment, information management and (c) Office of the Comptroller. The services, automated data processing Office of the Comptroller, under the systems, procurement through con

supervision of the Comptroller, is retracts and grants, and human re- sponsible for Agencywide budget, resources management. This Office is sources management and financial the primary point of contact and man

management functions, including proages Agencywide internal controls,

gram analysis and planning; budget audit resolution and follow up, and

formulation, preparation and execugovernment-wide management im

tion; funding allotments and allocaprovement initiatives. In the perform

tions; and developing and maintaining ance of the above functions and re

accounting systems, fiscal controls, sponsibilities, the Assistant Adminis

and systems for payroll and disbursetrator for Administration and Re

ments. The Assistant Administrator's sources Management represents the

resource systems responsibilities are

administered by this Office. Administrator in communications with

(d) Office of Administration. The the Office of Management and

Office of Administration, under the Budget, Office of Personnel Manage

supervision of a Director, is responsiment, General Accounting Office,

ble for the development and conduct General Services Administration, Department of the Treasury, and other

of programs for personnel policies, Federal agencies prescribing require

procedures and operations; organiza

tion and management systems, conments for the conduct of Government

trol, and services; facilities, property budget, fiscal management and admin

and space management; personnel and istrative activities.

property security, policies, procedures, (a) Office of Administration and Re

and operations related to procurement sources Management, Research Trian

through grants, contracts, and intergle Park, North Carolina, (RTP). The

agency agreements; and occupational Office of Administration and Re

health and safety. sources Management (OARM), RTP, (e) Office of Information Resources under the supervision of a Director, Management. The Office of Informaprovides services to all of the pro- tion Resources Management (OIRM), grams and activities at RTP and cer- under the supervision of a Director, tain financial and automated data

provides for an information resource processing services Agencywide. The management program (IRM) consistmajor functions of the Office include ent with the provisions of Pub. L. 96personnel services, financial manage- 511. The Office establishes policy, ment, procurement through contracts, goals and objectives for implementalibrary and other information services, tion of IRM; develops annual and general services (including safety and long-range plans and budgets for IRM security, property and supply, print functions and activities, and promotes ing, distribution, facilities and other IRM concepts throughout the Agency. administrative services) and providing The Office coordinates IRM activities; both local RTP and Agencywide auto- plans, develops and operates informamated data processing systems serv- tion systems and services in support of ices. The Director, OARM, RTP, su- the Agency's management and adminpervises the Office of Administration, istrative functions, and other Agency Financial Management and Data Proc- programs and functions as required. essing, RTP.

The Office oversees the performance

of these activities when carried out by other Agency components. The Office performs liaison for interagency sharing of information and coordinates IRM activities with OMB and GSA. The Office ensures compliance with requirements of Pub. L. 96-511 and other Federal laws, regulations, and guidelines relative to IRM; and chairs the Agency's IRM Steering Committee. The Office develops Agency policies and standards; and administers or oversees Agency programs for library systems and services, internal records management, and the automated col. lection, processing, storage, retrieval and transmission of data by or for Agency components and programs. The Office provides national program policy and technical guidance for: The acquisition of all information technology, systems and services by or for Agency components and programs, inculding those systems and services acquired by grantees and contractors using Agency funds; the operation of all Agency computers and telecommunications hardware and facilities; and the establishment and/or application of telecommunications and Federal information processing standards. The Office reviews and evaluates information systems and services, including office automation, which are operated by other Agency components; and sets standards for and approves the selection of Agency personnel who are responsible for the technical management of these activities. The Office coordinates its performance of these functions and activities with the Agency's information collection policies and budgets managed by the Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation.

(f) The Office of Human Resources Management. The Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), under the supervision of a Director, designs strategies, plans, and policies aimedat developing and training all employees, revitalizing EPA organizations, and matching the right people with the right jobs. The Office is responsible for developing and assuring implementation of policies and practices necessary for EPA to meet its present and future workforce needs. This includes consideration of the

interrelationships between the environmental protection workforce needs of EPA and State governments. For Senior Executive Service (SES) personnel, SES candidates, Presidential Executive Interchange Participants, and Management Interns, OHRM establishes policies; assesses and projects Agency executive needs and workforce capabilities; creates, establishes, and implements training and development strategies and programs; provides the full range of personnel functions; supports the Performance Review Board (PRB) and the Executive Resources Board (ERB); and reassigns SES personnel with the concurrence of the ERB. For the areas of workforce management and employee and organizational development, OHRM develops strategies, plans, and policies; coordinates Agencywide implementation of those strategies, plans, and policies; and provides technical assistance to operating personnel offices and States. OHRM, in cooperation with the Office of the Comptroller, evaluates problems with previous workyear use, monitors current workyear utilization, and projects future workyear needs in coordination with the Agency's budget process. The Office is the lead office for coordination of human resources management with the Agency's Strategic Planning and Management System. The Office develops methodologies and procedures for evaluations of Agency human resources management activities; conducts evaluations of human resources management activities Agencywide; and carries out human resources management projects of special interest to Agency management. The Office coordinates its efforts with the Office of Administration (specifically the Personnel Management Division and the Management and Organization Division), the Office of the Comptroller, the Office of Information Resources Management, and the Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation. 8 1.35 Office of Enforcement and Compli

ance Monitoring. The Office of Enforcement and Compliance Monitoring, under the supervision of the Assistant Administra

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tor for Enforcement and Compliance tation and technical assistance to Monitoring, serves as the principal ad- those agencies relating to EPA's areas viser to the Administrator in matters of expertise and responsibility. The concerning enforcement and compli- Office administers the filing and inforance; and provides the principal direc- mation system for all Federal Environtion and review of civil enforcement mental Impact Statements under activities for air, water, waste, pesti- agreement with the Council on Envicides, toxics, and radiation. The Assist- ronmental Quality (CEQ) and provides ant Administrator reviews the efforts liaison with CEQ on this function and of each Assistant and Regional Admin- related matters of NEPA program adistrator to assure that EPA develops ministration. The Office provides a and conducts a strong and consistent central point of information for EPA enforcement and compliance monitor- and the public environmental ing program. The Office manages the impact assessment techniques and national criminal enforcement pro- methodologies. gram; ensures coordination of media (b) Office of Public Affairs. The office administrative compliance pro- Office of Public Affairs is under the grams, and civil and criminal enforce- supervision of a Director who serves as ment activities; and provides technical chief spokesperson for the Agency and expertise for enforcement activities. as a principal adviser, along with the

Assistant Administrator for External 8 1.37 Office of External Affairs.

Affairs, to the Adminstrator, Deputy (a) Office of Federal Activities. The Administrator, and Senior ManageOffice of Federal Activities is headed ment Officials, on public affairs asby a Director who reports to the As- pects of the Agency's activities and sistant Administrator for External Af. programs. The Office of Public Affairs fairs and supervises all the functions provides to the media adequate and of the Office. The Director acts as na- timely information as well as retional program manager for five major sponses to queries from the media on programs that include:

all EPA program activities. It assures (1) The review of other agency envi. that the policy of openness in all inronmental impact statements and formation matters, as enunciated by other major actions under the author- the Administrator, is honored in all reity of Section 309 of the Clean Air Act; spects. Develops publications to

(2) EPA compliance with the Nation- inform the general public of major al Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) EPA programs and activities; it also and related laws, directives, and Exec- develops informational materials for utive policies concerning special envi- internal EPA use in Headquarters and ronmental areas and cultural re- at the Regions, Labs and Field Offices. sources;

It maintains clearance systems and (3) Compliance with Executive procedures for periodicals and nonpolicy on American Indian affairs and technical information developed by the development of programs for envi. EPA for public distribution, and reronmental protection on Indian lands; views all publications for public affairs and

interests. The Office of Public Affairs (4) The development and oversight provides policy direction for, and coof national programs and internal ordination and oversight of EPA's policies, strategies, and procedures for community relations program. It proimplementing Executive Order 12088 vides a system for ensuring that EPA and other administrative or statutory educates citizens and responds to their provisions concerning compliance with concerns about all environmental environmental requirements by Feder- issues and assures that there are opal facilities. The Director chairs the portunities for public involvement in Standing Committee on Implementa- the resolution of problems. The Office tion of Executive Order 12088. The supervises the production of audioOffice serves as the Environmental visual materials, including graphics, Protection Agency's (EPA) principal radio and video materials, for the genpoint of contact and liaison with other eral public and for internal audiences, Federal agencies and provides consul- in support of EPA policies and pro

grams. The Office provides program direction and professional review of the performance of public affairs functions in the Regional Offices of EPA, as well as at laboratories and other field offices. The Office of Public Affairs is responsible for reviewing interagency agreements and Headquarters purchase request requisitions expected to result in contracts in the area of public information and community relations. It develops proposals and reviews Headquarters grant applications under consideration when public affairs goals are involved.

(c) Office of Legislative Analysis. The Office of Legislative Analysis, under the supervision of a Director who serves in the capacity of Legislative Counsel, is responsible for legislative drafting and liaison activities relating to the Agency's programs. It exercises responsibility for legislative drafting; reports to the Office of Management and Budget and congression. al committees on proposed legislation and pending and enrolled bills, as required by OMB Circular No. A-19 and Bulletin No. 72-6; provides testimony on legislation and other matters before congressional committees; and reviews transcripts of legislative hearings. It maintains liaison with the Office of Congressional Liaison on all Agency activities of interest to the Congress. The Office works closely with the staffs of various Assistant Administrators, Associate Administrators, Regional Administrators, and Staff Office Directors in accordance with established Agency procedures, in the development of the Agency's legislative program. The Office assists the Assistant Administrator for External Affairs and the Agency's senior policy officials in guiding legislative initiatives through the legislative process. It advises the Assistant Administrator for Administration and Resources Management in matters pertaining to appropriations legislation. It works closely with the Office of Federal Activities to assure compliance with Agency procedures for the preparation of environmental impact statements, in relation to proposed legislation and reports on legislation. The Office coordinates with the Office of Management and Budget, other agencies, and

congressional staff members on matters within its area of responsibility; and develops suggested State and local environmental legislative proposals, using inputs provided by other Agency components. The Legislative Reference Library provides legislative research services for the Agency. The Library secures and furnishes congressional materials to all EPA employees and, if available, to other Government agencies and private organizations; and it also provides the service of securing, upon request, EPA reports and materials for the Congress.

(d) Office of Congressional Liaison. The Office of Congressional Liaison is under the supervision of a Director who serves as the principal adviser to the Administrator with respect to congressional activities. All of the functions and responsibilities of the Director are Agencywide and apply to the provision of services with respect to all of the programs and activities of the Agency. The Office serves as the principal point of congressional contact with the Agency and maintains an effective liaison with the Congress on Agency activities of interest to the Congress and, as necessary, maintains liaison with Agency Regional and field officials, other Government agencies, and public and private groups having an interest in legislative matters affecting the Agency. It assures the provision of prompt response to the Congress on all inquiries relating to activi. ties of the Agency; and monitors and coordinates the continuing operating contacts between the staff of the Office of the Comptroller and staff of the Appropriations Subcommittees of Congress.

(e) Office of Community and Intergovernmental Relations. The Office of Community and Intergovernmental Relations is under the supervision of a Director who serves as the principal point of contact with public interest groups representing general purpose State and local governments, and is the principal source of advice and information for the Administrator and the Assistant Administrator for External Affairs on intergovernmental relations. The Office maintains liaison on intergovernmental issues with the White House and Office of Manage

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