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Recommendation: To develop timely chemical risk information that EPA needs to effectively conduct its mission, the Administrator, EPA, should require the Office of Research and Development to re-evaluate its draft proposed changes to the IRIS assessment process in light of the issues raised in this report and ensure that any revised process periodically assesses the level of resources that should be dedicated to this significant program to meet user needs and maintain a viable IRIS database.
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: As of September 2018, EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Program officials told GAO that they have drafted and sent for Agency review a "Handbook for Developing IRIS Assessments," intended to guide staff through the sequential stages of the IRIS assessment process. Since January 2017, IRIS Program staff have used project management techniques and software intended to help Program leadership better understand and utilize resources and monitor assessment progress. However, until the IRIS Program provides documentation demonstrating a stable IRIS process that periodically assesses the level of resources that should be dedicated to the program to meet user needs and maintain a viable IRIS database, and finalizes the Handbook, GAO will leave this recommendation open.