EPA overhaul calls for a new systems office

The Environmental Protection Agency will reorganize its information management
organization, according to an internal Oct. 14 memorandum from EPA Administrator Carol
Browner.


A task force of senior managers that Browner created in August has recommended that the
agency establish a single program manager for information management and policy, and
Browner has agreed. The head of the new organization will not necessarily be the chief
information officer, Browner said.


Acting deputy administrator Peter Robertson, working with the task force, has 30 days
to present Browner with the structural framework for the new systems office.


“At its core, this office would be responsible for developing and implementing
goals, standards and accountability systems to manage and improve the quality of
information used both within the agency and provided to the public,” Browner said in
her memo.


The new office will centralize information management decision-making, said Alvin
Pesachowitz, the agency’s CIO and deputy assistant administrator for administration
and resources management.


The reorganization will affect several offices, including the IRM Office, Center for
Environmental Information and Statistics, Regulatory Information Division and Data Quality
Team, Browner said.


The office’s functions, as outlined by Browner, will cover four areas:

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