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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
EPA’s management challenges are to strengthen its reputation for unbiased, sound science and to focus on health-based program results. As can be seen by across-the-board green progress ratings, EPA is making progress on all five management initiatives.
Eleven EPA programs were reviewed using the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART). The programs included four grant programs, six direct federal programs and one regulatory program. The purpose of each of the eleven programs is clear and most are well designed. Program management is generally good. However, the lack of measured results and appropriate outcome measures pulls overall ratings down. In terms of patterns within this sample, strategic planning is much stronger for direct federal programs than it is for the grant programs. But insufficient performance measures affected all programs about the same. As with many other agencies, to improve accountability further work will continue to focus on developing outcome-oriented performance measures, including efficiency metrics.