Major programs within EPA

Central Data Exchange. The Office of Environmental Information is creating a portal through which state environmental agencies and other stakeholders can submit data to EPA. The agency awarded a $285 million contract to Computer Sciences Corp. to build the CDX, which is a major part of the agency's National Environmental Information Network. The system performs automatic authentication of the sources of data, and EPA expects that it will increase the quality of data that state agencies and companies submit to the agency.

Regulatory Public Access System. EPA is extending this tool for automated access to its dockets and regulatory information to additional programs. The system went online this spring and allows the public to check EPA draft and final regulations as well as comments on rule-making notices.

Virtual Situation Room. EPA will create a system for channeling crisis information to a computer application that will be available on officials' desktop PCs and to a situation room at headquarters. Environmental experts and others will gather in the situation room to deal with emergencies. They will have access to EPA's data about air, water and land conditions.

PeopleSoft implementation. EPA is upgrading its PeopleSoft 7 human resources application to Web Version 8.3. EPA plans to implement the company's upgraded system by July 2003, to help manage human resources, time and labor, and payroll functions. EPA's 18,000 employees will be able to check their accounts, update their addresses and enter on-the-job training information via the upgraded application.

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