EPA Seeks Performance Measures

January 14, 1997

EPA Seeks Performance Measures

The Environmental Protection Agency is looking for new ways to measure its performance, the agency announced Monday.

EPA traditionally gauges the effectiveness of its regulatory enforcement and compliance programs by looking at the number of cases it files and how much it collects in fines. While the agency will continue to use those yardsticks, it will also look for ways to measure the impact of its enforcement efforts, both on industry and on environmental standards.

According to a report in the Daily Report for Executives, a newsletter published by the Bureau of National Affairs, EPA would also like to measure how its efforts are affecting low-income and minority communities, which are often targets of environmental abuse.

The agency will look at how the states, other federal agencies, environmental groups, and private industry measure their performance. On Feb. 3, EPA will hold a public meeting in Alexandria, Va. to solicit ideas for "innovative approaches to measuring enforcement and compliance assurance program performance," the agency announced.

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