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Engage With Us On Our New Draft Strategic Plan

2010 June 21
Barbara Bennet, EPA Chief Financial Officer

Barbara Bennett, EPA Chief Financial Officer

Last November I was confirmed as EPA’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). For many people, I imagine my title conjures images of number crunching and spreadsheets (which are all certainly part of what I do). However, my experience in finance has taught me that numbers always tell a story.

In my role as EPA’s CFO, the numbers I look at every day help paint a picture of how EPA accomplishes its mission and goals throughout the year. One way we are able to tell a story here at EPA is through the Agency’s five-year Strategic Plan. This Plan is our way of communicating the framework for our environmental programs, the plans for our budget resources, and the progress we have made on our priorities to the U.S. public.

I am delighted to announce that the Draft FY 2011-2015 Strategic Plan is now available for your review and comment, and I invite you to engage and share your thoughts and ideas with us from now through July 30:

  • Read, review, comment, and review other comments on the Plan at (copy and paste docket number EPA-HQ-OA-2010-0486 into the search box).
  • Share your ideas on EPA’s new Cross-Cutting Fundamental Strategies on our Discussion Forum. We will be hosting a dialogue around a different Cross-Cutting Fundamental Strategy each week!

The Draft Plan presents measurable environmental and human health goals that EPA will work to achieve over the next five years. The Draft Plan also includes five Cross-Cutting Fundamental Strategies, which are integral in guiding how EPA will work to accomplish our goals, and which also foster a renewed commitment to accountability, openness, and inclusion.

I look forward to reading your ideas on the Draft Strategic Plan and how we can fundamentally change the way EPA works to protect our environment and human health in our communities, our nation, and beyond.

About the author: Barbara Bennett is EPA’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining EPA, she served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Discovery Communications, Inc. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two children.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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  1. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    June 21, 2010

    The Cross-Cutting Strategies are the most important new changes. Now more than ever how we can integrate environmental impacts and human health impacts will be of ever greater significance. Outreach is another important issue. The Pacific Institute and partner agencies including Community Water Center, Clean Water Fund, and California Rural Legal Assistance are doing a study to try to determine the degree and extent of nitrate contamination in the San Joaquin Valley. Some people in the valley have had to pay 2 times for their water once for tap water too polluted with nitrates to use and again for bottled water. The water some systems have has been too polluted to drink for months sometimes years. Right now, small water systems with volunteer boards of directors in lower income areas of the Valley seem most impacted but no one knows the true degree and extent of the nitrate contamination. This is what the Pacific Institute is studying and it is planned that a report including recommendations for clean up will be ready by the end of the year. Many disabled persons have to live in lower income areas where the cost of living is usually less. But when information on the nitrate contamination and Pacific Institute investigation into it was sent to the Area Disability Boards that cover the San Joaquin Valley none had ever heard of the groundwater nitrate pollution before, or the harmful health impacts of drinking nitrate contaminated water, or that nitrate contaminated water must not be boiled because thatmakes it more harmful to drink. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  2. TIMOTHY WILLIAMS permalink
    June 22, 2010

    Allocating funds for clean energy to compete with these polluters would be more appropriate than paying them for the wrong they have done. Punish them through legal actions in the courts both civil and criminal. Stimulate the growth and development of new sustainable energy sources to eliminate polluters and their significant carbon footprint. Small and large renewable energy systems would go along way in preventing lead poisioning etc. in our lives.

  3. Jesús Torres Navarro permalink
    June 24, 2010

    Ciertamente “los números siempre cuentan historias” ¡felicidades Dra. Barbara! su trabajo es excelente; saber que se realiza con vocación de servicio, mentalidad verde y total trasparencia es digno de reconocimiento
    Mi experiencia me dice que no es frecuente encontrar a un Director de Finanzas con visión humanista, sin embargo, eso percibo en Usted. Voy a seguir muy de cerca su trabajo porque lo considero de primordial importancia, creo que voy a aprender mucho

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