Creation of a Department of Environmental Protection

T-RCED-93-39: Published: May 6, 1993. Publicly Released: May 6, 1993.

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GAO discussed the creation of a Department of Environmental Protection. GAO noted that: (1) the federal role in environmental protection is likely to grow in the future, especially as environmental problems become international issues; (2) environmental policy has increasingly shaped other domestic and foreign policies; (3) EPA interacts regularly with other departments, since it is responsible for identifying and representing environmental interests for the government; (4) other federal agencies do not always provide the support and cooperation necessary to further environmental policy goals; (5) establishing a cabinet department for environmental protection would support the national goal of protecting the environment and allow the consolidation of functions now located in other executive branch agencies; (6) proposed legislation would create a commission of experts responsible for making recommendations to strengthen the management and implementation of environmental programs and the organization of the department; and (7) the bill would provide for a chief information officer that would strengthen the department's ability to confront significant information management challenges.

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