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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) certain Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) management controls over its Lead Rights Banking Program; and (2) the program's legal basis.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Environmental Protection Agency||1. The Administrator, EPA, should establish specific time frames to develop: (1) a methodology for auditing refiners to verify reported data and ensure compliance with program requirements, and initiate such audits promptly; and (2) an enforcement policy, including the identification of program violations, enforcement actions to be taken, and the penalties to be assessed, and take appropriate actions against identified program violators.|
|Environmental Protection Agency||2. The Administrator, EPA, should: (1) require periodic reviews or assessments of agency actions being taken to expedite the review, processing, and reconciliation of refiners' reports; and (2) take other actions, such as providing additional staff or further modifying computer capabilities, if satisfactory progress is not being made.|