Cross-Cutting Fundamental Strategies: Share Your Ideas by Friday!

Last month, I penned my first Greenversations post. I encouraged readers to share their ideas and feedback on a new component of the Draft FY 2011-2015 EPA Strategic Plan, the Cross-Cutting Fundamental Strategies. Since then, close to 2,000 individuals have checked-out our Discussion Forum and dozens have shared powerful and thoughtful ideas that will help us shape the way we do our work to protect the environment and human health.

The Discussion Forum is a new tool for many of us at the Agency and it has provided EPA with a unique opportunity to engage with you. We have appreciated the feedback you have provided to date—about transparency, partnerships, environmental justice, children’s health, science, and work force. And we welcome your additional ideas and advice as we turn the strategies into actions and take steps to tangibly change the way we do our work.

Share your feedback on the Cross-Cutting Fundamental Strategies Discussion Forum until this Friday, July 30, 2010, which marks the close of the public comment period for the Draft FY 2011-2015 EPA Strategic Plan.

About the author: Kathy O’Brien is the Director of EPA’s Office of Planning, Analysis, and Accountability and leads the efforts to develop and measure progress towards the Agency’s Strategic Plan. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters.

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Strong Management Plays an Important Role in Helping EPA to Address Complex Environmental Challenges

As a supervisor here at EPA, I deal with a variety of issues involving the management of human resources, contracts, grants, and facilities nationwide. These experiences give me the opportunity to see the important role that sound administrative practices have in helping to support EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment.

There is no question in my mind that EPA’s ability to achieve a cleaner, safer and healthier environment is dependent upon a top-notch, diverse and committed workforce. We are dedicated to hiring the best people and keeping them here, with supportive management, a high-quality work life program, good office and laboratory facilities, and access to cutting-edge technology. All of this is made possible by EPA’s outstanding stewardship of our financial and physical resources.

EPA’s Draft FY2011-2015 Strategic Plan addresses these priorities as one of our Cross-Cutting Fundamental Strategies: Strategy 5, Strengthening EPA’s Workforce and Capabilities. Strategy 5 lays the foundation for EPA to be a strong and innovative agency helping us to focus on the value of skilled, knowledgeable, and diverse employees. By following this strategy, we are working to be efficient and responsible in our fiscal stewardship and to provide an information infrastructure that is innovative, reliable and secure. Every day I take pride in our aggressive environmental management goals and systems to reduce the environmental footprint of our own facilities and operations. It is clear to me that we are truly following through with our commitment to be accountable and transparent in all we do. I hope you will share your ideas about how we can strengthen EPA’s workforce and capabilities through our discussion of the Cross-Cutting Fundamental Strategies.

I find EPA to be a personally fulfilling and special place to work because of our great mission. I think most of my colleagues would agree that EPA is a place where you can make a difference through hard work and dedication.

About the author: John Showman works in EPA’s Office of Administration and Resources Management (OARM). He is the Deputy Director for OARM’s Office of Policy and Resources Management. John was born and raised in Virginia. John keeps busy at home with his three dogs, and is a loyal fan of his alma mater, Virginia Tech.

Editor's Note: The views expressed here are intended to explain EPA policy. They do not change anyone's rights or obligations. You may share this post. However, please do not change the title or the content, or remove EPA’s identity as the author. If you do make substantive changes, please do not attribute the edited title or content to EPA or the author.

EPA's official web site is www.epa.gov. Some links on this page may redirect users from the EPA website to specific content on a non-EPA, third-party site. In doing so, EPA is directing you only to the specific content referenced at the time of publication, not to any other content that may appear on the same webpage or elsewhere on the third-party site, or be added at a later date.

EPA is providing this link for informational purposes only. EPA cannot attest to the accuracy of non-EPA information provided by any third-party sites or any other linked site. EPA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies, internet applications or any policies or information expressed therein.