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Report Title Date Agency Response IG Comment on Response
Follow-Up Report: EPA Proposes to Streamline the Review, Management and Disposal of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals [Full Report PDF - 12pp, 638 KB] [At A Glance PDF - 174 KB] August 19, 2015    
EPA Should Update Guidance to Address the Release of Potentially Harmful Quantities of Asbestos That Can Occur Under EPA's Asbestos Demolition Standard
[Full Report PDF - 29pp, 1,205 KB] [At A Glance PDF - 333 KB]
Podcast: Overview with Michael Wilson (MP3 - 3.1 MBs, 4:29), Podcast Transcript
June 16, 2015    
EPA's Oversight of State Pesticide Inspections Needs Improvement to Better Ensure Safeguards for Workers, Public and Environment Are Enforced [Report PDF - 21pp, 734 KB] [At A Glance PDF - 237 KB] May 15, 2015    
Conditions in the U.S. Virgin Islands Warrant EPA Withdrawing Approval and Taking Over Management of Some Environmental Programs and Improving Oversight of Others
[Report PDF - 17pp, 1,170 KB] [At A Glance PDF - 422 KB]
Podcast: Report Overview with Katie Butler (MP3 - 2.8 MBs, 4:47), Podcast Transcript
April 17, 2015    
Quick Reaction Report: EPA Pesticide Inspections Must Resume in North Dakota to Determine Compliance and Protect Human Health and the Environment [Report PDF - 10pp, 596 KB] [At A Glance PDF - 135 KB] Feb 23, 2015 PDF - 3pp, 591KB PDF - 4pp, 475KB
Quick Reaction Report: Complete and Clear Information on the Effectiveness of Ebola Disinfectants Will Better Inform the Public, Report No. 15-P-0064 [Report PDF - 9pp, 621 KB] [At A Glance PDF - 193 KB] Jan 21, 2015    
EPA Needs to Improve Outreach and Communication About the National Pesticide Information Center's Role and Services, Report No. 15-P-0046 [Report PDF - 16pp, 344 KB] [At A Glance PDF - 45 KB] Jan 7, 2015    
EPA's Risk Assessment Division Has Not Fully Adhered to Its Quality Management Plan, Report No. 14-P-0350 [Report PDF - 20pp, 992 KB] [At a Glance PDF - 180 KB] Sept 10, 2014    
EPA Can Help Consumers Identify Household and Other Products with Safer Chemicals by Strengthening Its "Design for the Environment" Program [Report PDF - 17pp, 735KB] [At A Glance PDF - 180 KB]
Podcast: Report Overview with Jerri Dorsey (MP3 - 3.2 MBs, 4:31, Podcast Transcript
Sept 9, 2014    
Impact of EPA's Conventional Reduced Risk Pesticide Program Is Declining, Report No. 14-P-0322 [Report PDF - 18pp, 742 KB] [At a Glance PDF - 178 KB] July 24, 2014    
EPA Has Not Implemented Adequate Management Procedures to Address Potential Fraudulent Environmental Data, Report No. 14-P-0270 [Report PDF - 22pp, 744 KB] [At a Glance PDF - 174 KB] May 29, 2014    
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Research Foundation Needs to Comply With Certain Federal Requirements and EPA Award Conditions to Ensure the Success of Pesticide Safety Education Programs, Report No. 14-P-0131 [Report PDF - 32pp, 359KB] [At a Glance PDF - 43KB] March 10, 2014    
EPA Needs to Update Its Pesticide and Chemical Enforcement Penalty Policies and Practices, Report No. 13-P-0431 [Report PDF - 32pp, 359KB] [At a Glance PDF - 43KB] Sept 26, 2013    
EPA's International Program Office Needs Improved Strategic Planning Guidance, Report No. 13-P-0386 [Report PDF - 17pp, 225KB] [At a Glance PDF - 44KB] Sept 9, 2013    
The EPA's Comments Improve the Environmental Impact Statement Process But Verification of Agreed-Upon Actions Is Needed, Report No. 13-P-0352 [Report PDF - 17pp, 201KB] [At a Glance PDF - 45KB] Aug 22, 2013    
Review of Hotline Complaint Concerning the Region 4 Environmental Justice Small Grants Selection Process, Report No. 13-P-0299 [Report PDF - 16pp, 290KB] [At a Glance PDF - 44KB] June 21, 2013    
Improved Information Could Better Enable EPA to Manage Electronic Waste and Enforce Regulations, Report No. 13-P-0298 [Report PDF - 38pp, 388KB] [At a Glance PDF - 45KB] June 21, 2013    
The EPA Needs to Improve Management of Its School Environmental Health Efforts, Report No. 13-P-0201 [Report PDF - 24pp, 265KB] [At a Glance PDF - 44KB] Mar 27, 2013    
Efficiency of EPA's Rule Development Process Can Be Better Measured Through Improved Management and Information, Report No. 13-P-0167 [Report PDF - 24pp, 306KB] [At a Glance PDF - 43KB] Feb 28, 2013    
Limited Public Comment on EPA’s Regulatory Flexibility Act Section 610 Reviews, Report No. 12-P-0579 [Report PDF - 16pp, 201KB] [At a Glance PDF - 43KB] June 19, 2012    
EPA Needs to Manage Nanomaterial Risks More Effectively, Report No. 12-P-0162 [Report PDF - 28pp, 428KB] [At a Glance PDF - 44KB] Dec 29, 2011    
EPA's Voluntary Chemical Evaluation Program Did Not Achieve Children's Health Protection Goals, Report No. 11-P-0379 [Report PDF - 30pp, 208KB] [At a Glance PDF - 39KB] July 21, 2011    
EPA Actively Evaluating Effectiveness of Its BP and Enbridge Oil Spill Response Communications, Report No. 11-P-0273 [Report PDF - 13pp, 158KB] [At a Glance PDF - 38KB] June 23, 2011    
EPA's Plan to Reduce Agency Greenhouse Gas Emissions Is on Track to Meet Executive Order 13514 Requirements, Report No. 11-P-0209 [Report PDF - 13pp, 204KB] [At a Glance PDF - 38KB] April 12, 2011 PDF - 2pp, 279KB PDF - 3pp, 443KB
EPA Faced Multiple Constraints to Targeting Recovery Act Funds, Report No. 11-R-0208 [Report PDF - 49pp, 510KB] [At a Glance PDF - 38KB] April 11, 2011 PDF - 3pp, 368KB PDF - 1pp, 181KB
EPA Needs an Agency-Wide Plan to Provide Tribal Solid Waste Management Capacity Assistance, Report No. 11-P-0171 [Report PDF - 30pp, 224KB] [At a Glance PDF - 38KB] March 21, 2011 PDF - 2pp, 540KB PDF - 4pp, 793KB
EPA Needs to Assure Effectiveness of Antimicrobial Pesticide Products, Report No. 11-P-0029 [Report PDF - 22pp, 181KB] [At a Glance PDF - 36KB] December 15 , 2010 PDF - 7pp, 444KB PDF - 8pp, 1,351KB
ENERGY STAR Label Needs to Assure Superior Energy Conservation Performance, Report No. 11-P-0010 [Report PDF - 37pp, 260KB] [At a Glance PDF - 33KB] October 28, 2010 PDF - 3pp, 498KB PDF - 4pp, 618KB
Investigation of Allegations Concerning Environmental Justice Issues in EPA Region 4, Report No. 10-N-0145 [Report PDF - 9pp, 87KB] [At a Glance PDF - 40KB] June 14, 2010    
EPA's BioWatch Role Reduced, Report No. 10-P-0106 [Report PDF - 8pp, 176KB] [At a Glance PDF - 34KB] April 20, 2010    
Need Continues for a Strategic Plan to Protect Children's Health, Report No. 10-P-0095 [Report PDF - 18pp, 213KB] [At a Glance PDF - 33KB] April 5, 2010    
EPA Needs a Coordinated Plan to Oversee Its Toxic Substances Control Act Responsibilities, Report No. 10-P-0066 [Report PDF - 31pp, 633KB] [At a Glance PDF - 41KB] February 17, 2010    
ENERGY STAR Program Integrity Can Be Enhanced Through Expanded Product Testing, Report No. 10-P-0040 [Report PDF - 20pp, 163KB] [At a Glance PDF - 40KB] November 30, 2009    
EPA Needs to Comply with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and Improve Its Oversight of Exported Never-Registered Pesticides, Report No. 10-P-0026 [Report PDF - 36pp, 399KB] [At a Glance PDF - 41KB] November 10, 2009    
EPA Needs to Improve Continuity of Operations Planning, Report No. 10-P-0017 [Report PDF - 19pp, 153KB] [At a Glance PDF - 40KB] October 27, 2009    
EPA Needs a Cohesive Plan to Clean Up the Great Lakes Areas of Concern , Report No. 09-P-0231 [Report PDF - 15pp, 337KB] [At a Glance PDF - 48KB] September 14, 2009    
Results of Hotline Complaint Review of EPA's Antimicrobial Testing Program, Report No. 09-P-0152 [Report PDF - 15pp, 179KB] [At a Glance PDF - 46KB] May 27, 2009    
EPA Needs a Comprehensive Research Plan and Policies to Fulfill its Emerging Climate Change Role, Report No. 09-P-0089 [Report PDF - 36pp, 419KB] [At a Glance PDF - 50KB] February 2, 2009    
Improvements Needed to Validate Reported ENERGY STAR Benefits, Report No. 09-P-0061 [Report PDF - 49pp, 446KB] [At a Glance PDF - 48KB] December 17, 2008    
Border 2012 Program Needs to Improve Program Management to Ensure Results, Report No. 08-P-0245 [Report PDF - 42pp, 572KB] [At a Glance PDF - 48KB] September 3, 2008    
Voluntary Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs Have Limited Potential, Report No. 08-P-0206 [Report PDF - 40pp, 472KB] [At a Glance PDF - 49KB] July 23, 2008    
Strategic Agricultural Initiative Needs Revisions to Demonstrate Results, Report No. 2007-P-00040 [Report PDF - 24pp, 322KB] [At a Glance PDF - 49KB] September 26, 2007    
Voluntary Programs Could Benefit from Internal Policy Controls and a Systematic Management Approach, Report No. 2007-P-00041 [ Report PDF - 33pp, 347KB] [At a Glance PDF - 50KB] September 25, 2007    
ENERGY STAR Program Can Strengthen Controls Protecting the Integrity of the Label, Report No. 2007-P-00028, [Report PDF - 53pp, 805KB] [At a Glance PDF - 113KB] August 1, 2007    
Overcoming Obstacles to Measuring Compliance: Practices in Selected Federal Agencies, Report No. 2007-P-00027, [Report PDF - 36pp, 408KB] [At a Glance PDF - 51KB] June 20, 2007    
Performance Track Could Improve Program Design and Management to Ensure Value, Report No. 2007-P-00013 [Report PDF - 57pp, 886KB] [At a Glance PDF - 51KB] March 29, 2007    
U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Should Track Adherence to Closed Recommendations, Report No. 2007-P-00010, [Report PDF - 21pp, 287KB] [At a Glance PDF - 48KB] March 26, 2007    
Partnership Programs May Expand EPA’s Influence, Report No. 2007-P-00003, [Report PDF - 43pp, 619KB] [At a Glance PDF - 95KB] November 14, 2006    
EPA Needs to Conduct Environmental Justice Reviews of Its Programs, Policies, and Activities, Report No. 2006-P-00034 [Report PDF - 22pp, 213KB] [At a Glance PDF - 53KB] September 18, 2006    
Measuring the Impact of the Food Quality Protection Act: Challenges and Opportunities, Report No. 2006-P-00028 [Report PDF - 37pp, 468KB] [At a Glance PDF - 52KB] [Supplemental Report PDF - 14pp, 508KB] August 1, 2006    
Opportunities to Improve Data Quality and Children’s Health through the Food Quality Protection Act, Report No. 2006-P-00009 [Report - 678KB, PDF, 79pp] [At a Glance - 52KB, PDF] January 10, 2006    
EPA Performance Measures Do Not Effectively Track Compliance Outcomes, Report No. 2006-P-00006[Report - 781KB, PDF, 62pp][At a Glance - 61KB, PDF][Attachment to EPA's Response - 185KB PDF, 14 pp] December 15, 2005    
Changes Needed to Improve Public Confidence in EPA’s Implementation of the Food Quality Protection Act, Report No. 2006-P-00003 [Report-530KB PDF, 52pp] [At a Glance - 51KB PDF] [Appendix - 179KB PDF, 13pp] October 19, 2005    
Limited Knowledge of the Universe of Regulated Entities Impedes EPA’s Ability to Demonstrate Changes in Regulatory Compliance, Report No. 2005-P-00024 [Report - 643KB PDF, 54pp] [At a Glance - 50KB PDF] [Full Text of of EPA Comments - 283KB PDF, 24pp] September 19, 2005    
EPA's Efforts to Demonstrate Grant Results Mirror Nongovernmental Organizations' Practices, Report No. 2005-P-00016 [Report - 222KB PDF, 21pp] [At a Glance - 50KB PDF] June 2, 2005    
EPA Needs to Fulfill Its Designated Responsibilities to Ensure Effective BioWatch Program, Report No. 2005-P-00012 [Report - 586KB PDF] [At a Glance - 42KB PDF] March 23, 2005    
Ongoing Management Improvements and Further Evaluation Vital to EPA Stewardship and Voluntary Programs, Report Number: 2005-P-00007 [Report - 868KB PDF] [At a Glance - 66KB PDF] February 17, 2005    
EPA Needs to Determine What Barriers Prevent Water Systems from Securing Known Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Vulnerabilities, Report No. 2005-P-00002 [Report - 1MB PDF] [At a Glance - 86KB PDF] [Appendix: OIG/ORD/OW SCADA Meeting - 1MB PPS] January 6, 2005    
Congressional Request on Updating Fiscal 2003 EPA Enforcement Resources and Accomplishments, Report 2004-S-00002 [108 KB PDF] August 3, 2004    
EPA’s Final Water Security Research and Technical Support Action Plan May Be Strengthened Through Access to Vulnerability Assessments [72KB PDF] July 1, 2004    

EPA Needs to Improve Tracking of National Petroleum Refinery Compliance Program Progress and Impacts, Report No. 2004-P-00021 [441KB PDF]

  • EPA’s Detailed Comments on Official Draft Refinery Compliance Program Evaluation Report and Office of Inspector General Response [198KB PDF]
June 22, 2004    

The Effectiveness of the Office of Children's Health Protection Cannot Yet Be Determined Quantitatively [160KB PDF]

  • Attachment 1: Evaluation of EPA Activities Related to Children's Health Protection [451KB PDF]
  • Attachment 2: Summary of OCHP Accomplishments Response to IG Reports [53KB PDF]
May 17, 2004    
EPA Needs to Consistently Implement the Intent of the Executive Order on Environmental Justice [664KB PDF] March 1, 2004    
EPA’s Homeland Security Role to Protect Air from Terrorist Threats Needs to be Better Defined [61KB PDF] February 20, 2004    
EPA Should Take Steps to Improve Industrial Reporting to the Toxics Release Inventory System [60KB PDF] February 02, 2004    
Survey Results on Information Used by Water Utilities to Conduct Vulnerability Assessments [179KB PDF] January 20, 2004    
Congressional Request on EPA Enforcement Resources and Accomplishments [222KB PDF] October 10, 2003    
Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship Program Needs to Place Emphasis on Measuring Results [263KB PDF] September 30, 2003    
Selected Children’s Health Annual Performance Measures for Goal 8, Sound Science [82KB PDF] September 26, 2003    
EPA Region 6 Needs to Improve Oversight of Louisiana's Environmental Programs [444KB PDF] February 3, 2003    
Science to Support Rulemaking Report [635KB PDF]
Science to Support Rulemaking Addendum [1,128KB PDF]
November 15, 2002    
Consistency and Transparency in Determination of EPA's Anticipated Ozone Designations. Report No. 2002-S-00016. [116KB PDF] August 15, 2002    
Program Evaluation Report (November 12, 2001) [1.07M PDF] Nov. 21, 2001    
Enforcement - Compliance with Enforcement Instruments - (2001-P-00006) [397KB PDF] March 29, 2001    
EPA Needs Better Integration of the National Environmental Performance Partnership System Report [35KB PDF] March 31, 2000    
Environmental, Safety, and Health Issues at EPA Laboratories - July 23, 1998 (8100185) [Executive Summary], [PDF - 81Kb] July 23, 1998    
Regional Laboratories (7100277) [PDF - 75KB] August 20, 1997    
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