GAO’s Report on EPA Measures of Enforcement Effectiveness


Daniel Semick, GAO


Did you know that pursuing administrative, civil, or criminal action against a suspected polluter is a complex undertaking that often lasts years?  EPA’s reported outcomes of enforcement efforts help inform Congress, the public, and EPA management about the agency’s progress in this arena. In response to a request from the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the U.S. Government Accountability Office examined EPA’s enforcement measures and issued a report, Environmental Enforcement: EPA Needs to Improve the Accuracy and Transparency of Measures Used to Report on Program Effectiveness, GAO-08-1111R (Washington, D.C.: Sept. 18, 2008). We will discuss the key findings and recommendations of the report.

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