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Thus, a substantial portion of the agency's budget consists of grants to
state, local, tribal, and other partners.
My testimony today draws on our recent work, including our March 2011
testimony on EPA's major management challenges, 3 and observations
from our periodic reviews of EPA's budget justification. Many of our prior
reports have included recommendations intended to improve the
management of EPA's programs. EPA has generally agreed with our
recommendations. I will focus my remarks today on several key
management and budget issues at EPA, including (1) management of
EPA's workload, workforce, and real property; (2) coordination with other
agencies to more effectively leverage limited resources; and (3)
observations on the agency's budget justifications.
The first two sections of this statement are based on prior GAO work
issued from 2009 to 2011. We conducted the underlying performance
audits in accordance with generally accepted government auditing
standards. Those standards require that we plan and perform audits to
obtain sufficient, appropriate evidence to provide a reasonable basis for
our findings and conclusions based on our audit objectives. We believe
that the evidence obtained provides a reasonable basis for our findings
and conclusions based on our audit objectives. The third section of this
statement is based on the results of our reviews of EPA budget
justifications conducted in 2010 and 2011. The objective of our budget
justification reviews is to provide pertinent and timely information that
Congress can use during budget deliberations by raising questions about
specific programs in the President's proposed budget. We conducted our
work in accordance with all sections of GAO's Quality Assurance
Framework that were relevant to our objectives. The framework requires
that we plan and perform the engagement to meet our stated objectives
and to discuss any limitations in our work. We believe that the information
and data obtained, and the analysis conducted, provide a reasonable
basis for findings and conclusions in this product.
3GAO, Environmental Protection Agency: Major Management Challenges, GAO-11-422T
(Washington, D.C.: Mar. 2, 2011).
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