High Risk Series:

Superfund Program Management

HR-95-12: Published: Feb 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1995.

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GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) management of the Superfund Program, focusing on: (1) EPA use of program funds; (2) the EPA priority setting system; and (3) EPA contract management.

GAO found that: (1) EPA has directed more funds to its hazardous waste cleanup efforts; (2) the administration has established a senior level task force to develop a prioritizing method based on risk for federal facility cleanups across agency lines; (3) EPA has initiated a process to recover past cleanup costs from responsible parties and plans to devote more resources to its cost recovery efforts among cleanup sites; (4) EPA needs to finalize a regulation to broaden the scope of indirect costs it can recover from responsible parties, establish specific goals for its cost recovery efforts, and improve its information systems; (5) EPA has strengthened its contract management, particularly by implementing new contractor indemnification guidelines and using independent government cost estimates and invoice reviews to control contractors' costs; (6) EPA needs to improve the thoroughness and timeliness of its contractor audits; and (7) EPA needs to use risk as a cleanup criterion for nonfederal sites, complete its inventory of federal sites for cleanup prioritization and funds allocation, and seek legislation to increase its interest rate on amounts owed for cleanups.

Below are the reports in this series:

High Risk Series: An Overview HR-95-1, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Quick Reference Guide HR-95-2, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Defense Contract Management HR-95-3, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Defense Weapons Systems Acquisition HR-95-4, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Defense Inventory Management HR-95-5, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Internal Revenue Service Receivables HR-95-6, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Asset Forfeiture Programs HR-95-7, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Medicare Claims HR-95-8, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Farm Loan Programs HR-95-9, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Student Financial Aid HR-95-10, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Department of Housing and Urban Development HR-95-11, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Superfund Program Management HR-95-12, Feb 1, 1995

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