Government Performance and Results Act:

Information on Science Issues in EPA's Performance Report for Fiscal Year 1999 and Performance Plans for Fiscal Years 2000 and 2001

RCED-00-270R: Published: Aug 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 2000.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) performance reports on its science programs, focusing on: (1) whether EPA links science issues in its performance report for fiscal year (FY) 1999 with performance plans for fiscal years 2000 and 2001 and whether the agency's funding request for FY 2001 is linked to specific science activities in its performance plan for that year; (2) whether EPA's performance plan for FY 2001 addresses weaknesses in the agency's science program that GAO previously identified; and (3) the extent to which EPA's draft strategic plan for fiscal years 2000-2005, complies with the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 requirements.

GAO noted that: (1) EPA generally links the science activities in its performance report for FY 1999, performance plans for fiscal years 2000 and 2001, and budget request for FY 2001; (2) EPA's performance plan for FY 2001 is generally linked to its science activities in its budget justification for that year; (3) as a result of EPA's decision to combine the performance plan with its budget justification, the agency now shows how much it is requesting for each strategic science objective and the objective's supporting performance goals; (4) EPA's performance plan for FY 2001 partially addressed the weaknesses previously identified by GAO; and (5) EPA's June 2000 draft strategic plan for fiscal years 2000-2005 generally complies with the GPRA requirements that such plans include a mission statement, long term strategic goals, strategies for achieving the strategic goals, linkage between long-term strategic goals and annual performance goals, and a description of the program evaluations used in establishing or revising performance goals.

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