High Risk Series:

Superfund Program Management

HR-93-10: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.

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GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) management of the Superfund Program, focusing on EPA: (1) recovery of Superfund clean-up costs from private parties; and (2) inadequate attention to contract management.

GAO found that: (1) EPA failed to base its Superfund expenditures on adequate cost-benefit assessments and lacked sufficient program administration to control escalating costs; (2) EPA lacked an adequate system for assigning clean-up priorities and determining Superfund sites' health and environmental risks in comparison to other environmental problems; (3) EPA collected only 10 percent of the potential $5.7 billion in recoverable funds from responsible parties; (4) the lack of complete data on past recovery efforts, failure to control collection efforts, and Superfund's legal restrictions which exclude recovery of indirect costs and interest limited EPA ability to recover more funds from responsible parties; and (5) EPA needed to develop additional risk-based planning approaches to assigning clean-up priorities, place greater emphasis on recovering program costs, and strengthen contract management.

Below are the reports in this series:

High Risk Series: Farmers Home Administration's Farm Loan Programs HR-93-1, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Guaranteed Student Loans HR-93-2, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Bank Insurance Fund HR-93-3, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Resolution Trust Corporation HR-93-4, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation HR-93-5, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Medicare Claims HR-93-6, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Defense Weapons Systems Acquisition HR-93-7, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Defense Contract Pricing HR-93-8, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Department of Energy Contract Management HR-93-9, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Superfund Program Management HR-93-10, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: NASA Contract Management HR-93-11, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Defense Inventory Management HR-93-12, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Internal Revenue Service Receivables HR-93-13, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Managing the Customs Service HR-93-14, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Management of Overseas Real Property HR-93-15, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Federal Transit Administration Grant Management HR-93-16, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Asset Forfeiture Programs HR-93-17, Dec 1, 1992

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