Adapting EPA’s Strategic Plan to a Changing Environment

New Picture (4)In my time at the Environmental Protection Agency, I’ve always been interested in how the agency responds and adapts to emerging environmental issues and challenges like climate change, as well as new opportunities that arise, such as  green technologies and green infrastructure that help the country address problems in a more practical and sustainable way.  I am also seeing changes in how we go about our daily work, toward a more collaborative approach—reaching out to federal, state, and local agencies, tribes, agricultural and manufacturing sectors, small businesses, industry, and other stakeholders—to develop innovative solutions and take advantage of advances in technology and greater access to environmental data.

The draft FY 2014-2018 EPA Strategic Plan, currently out for public comment through January 3, provides a high-level snapshot of some of these challenges and opportunities as we look ahead to the next four years. You will see in it a focus on sustainable approaches to addressing problems in all of our work—regulatory, enforcement, incentive-based, and partnership programs alike.  I am also excited to see the progress we are making through E-Enterprise by making regulations and permits easier to implement, using advanced emissions and pollutant detection technologies, shifting to electronic reporting, expanding transparency, and developing and using innovative enforcement approaches—all with a goal of improving compliance and environmental outcomes.

Please take a look at our draft FY 2014-2018 EPA Strategic Plan at, and share your thoughts and feedback with us (click on “Comment Now!” here) on how we can best respond to the challenges of the future. We  look forward to hearing from you.

Maryann Froehlich is the Acting Chief Financial Officer at EPA and has broad responsibility for overseeing the Agency’s budget, performance management, financial services, and financial management. She is a graduate of Chestnut Hill College with a B.S. in mathematics and physics and was awarded the degree of Masters in Public Administration by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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