Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO: (1) provided information on the usefulness of publicly available environmental information to competitive intelligence professionals; and (2) assessed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to address industries' concerns about providing the public with access to sensitive business information.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Environmental Protection Agency||To help ensure that the long-standing concerns about the collection and dissemination of sensitive business information are addressed in a consistent, comprehensive manner, the Administrator, EPA, should direct the Program Manager of the new Information Office to develop an action plan that details how the office will address issues surrounding sensitive business information. A central feature of this plan should address how EPA will balance its need to collect and disseminate potentially sensitive business information with industries' concerns about such activities. To ensure that EPA fully considers the concerns of all interested parties, this action plan should be developed with extensive and representative involvement by stakeholders.|