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EPA collects and analyzes performance information against these measures to assess program performance over time and to evaluate the effectiveness of approaches to environmental problems. Based on these evaluations, we can adjust or modify our strategies to achieve better results. To encourage EPA staff and our partners to be accountable for delivering environmental results effectively and cost efficiently, we are also incorporating performance measures in EPA managers’ performance agreements and, as appropriate, in our contracts, grants, and memoranda of understanding.

The strategic plan is developed in consultation with stakeholders and partners. In the development process, EPA managers organize meetings, participate in conferences and present briefings to assist with understanding, and receive commentary from stakeholders and partners. Through a long public-comment period and multiple revisions, an EPA strategic plan is adopted. Steps in the 2006-2011 strategic-plan development process included

  • Early consultation on state and tribal issues and priorities.

  • A draft architecture and full-draft release.

  • Consultation with Congress and state and tribal partners.

Work is under way to update the strategic plan for 2009-2014. Since 2003, EPA has advocated five strategic goals. The current EPA strategic plan is for FY 2006-2011 and lists the following as goals and objectives:

  • Goal 1: Clean Air and Global Climate Change

    • Objective 1.1: Healthier Outdoor Air

    • Objective 1.2: Healthier Indoor Air

    • Objective 1.3: Protect the Ozone Layer

    • Objective 1.4: Radiation

    • Objective 1.5: Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    • Objective 1.6: Enhance Science and Research

  • Goal 2: Clean and Safe Water

    • Objective 2.1: Protect Human Health

    • Objective 2.2: Protect Water Quality

    • Objective 2.3: Enhance Science and Research

  • Goal 3: Land Preservation and Restoration

    • Objective 3.1: Preserve Land

    • Objective 3.2: Restore Land

    • Objective 3.3: Enhance Science and Research

  • Goal 4: Healthy Communities and Ecosystems

    • Objective 4.1: Chemical, Organism, and Pesticide Risks

    • Objective 4.2: Communities

    • Objective 4.3: Restore and Protect Critical Ecosystems

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