It is important for the U.S. EPA to develop protective environmental goals, and it is equally important for it to determine if these goals are actually being achieved. Recognizing this, Congress enacted the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 to provide for the establishment of strategic planning and performance measurements throughout the federal government. The intent of GPRA is to improve public confidence in federal agencies by holding agencies accountable for achieving program results.
U.S. EPA adopted the GPRA framework by developing an Agency-wide strategic plan that encompasses all U.S. EPA offices and program areas. The strategic plan contains several goals specific to RCRA, such as preventing pollution, reducing risk to humans and the environment, better waste management, and restoration of contaminated waste sites. As part of the requirements of GPRA, U.S. EPA has also developed specific and quantifiable objectives for each of these goals. Progress toward these target objectives is measured and evaluated annually. This framework ensures that U.S. EPA can evaluate the success of its different programs and can demonstrate tangible results to the general public.
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