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Report Title Date Agency Response IG Comment on Response
EPA's Alternative Asbestos Control Method Experiments Lacked Effective Oversight and Threatened Human Health [Report PDF - 48pp, 1,284 KB] [At A Glance PDF - 243 KB] Sept 25, 2014    
Recipient Subawards to Fellows Did Not Comply With Federal Requirements and EPA's Involvement in Fellow Selection Process Creates the Appearance EPA Could Be Circumventing the Hiring Process [Report PDF - 15pp, 726 KB] [At A Glance PDF - 232 KB] Sept 17, 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    
Improvements to EPA Policies and Guidance Could Enhance Protection of Human Study Subjects
[Report PDF - 52pp, 1,312KB] [At a Glance PDF - 120KB]
Podcast: Report Overview with Renee McGhee-Lenart (MP3 - 3.9 MBs, 5:41), Podcast Transcript
March 31, 2014    
EPA Can Better Document Resolution of Ethics and Partiality Concerns in Managing Clean Air Federal Advisory Committees [Report PDF - 48pp, 384KB] [At a Glance PDF - 84KB] September 11, 2013    
EPA Needs to Improve STAR Grant Oversight [Report PDF - 31pp, 613KB] [At a Glance PDF - 89KB] August 27, 2013    
Public May Be Making Indoor Mold Cleanup Decisions Based on EPA Tool Developed Only for Research Applications, [Report PDF - 18pp, 221KB] [At a Glance PDF - 44KB] August 22, 2013    
EPA Can Better Address Risks to the Security of the Nation's Drinking Water Through New Authorities, Plans, and Information, [Report PDF - 29pp, 673KB ] [At a Glance PDF - 1304KB] August 21, 2013    
EPA’s Handling of a Proposed Alternative Method for Measuring Oil and Grease in Wastewater Met Requirements But Controls Need to Be Strengthened [ Report PDF - 27pp, 269KB] [At a Glance PDF - 46KB] July 11, 2013    
Improvements Needed to Secure IT Assets at EPA-Owned Research Facilities [ Report PDF - 40pp, 380KB] [At a Glance PDF - 44KB] May 8, 2013 PDF - 9pp, 1,425KB PDF - 1pp, 130KB
Better Planning, Execution and Communication Could Have Reduced the Delays in Completing a Toxicity Assessment of the Libby, Montana, Superfund Site [Report PDF - 51pp, 391KB] [At a Glance PDF - 46KB] April 17, 2013 PDF - 36pp, 8,526KB PDF - 1pp, 175KB
EPA Needs to Improve Air Emissions Data for the Oil and Natural Gas Production Sector [Report PDF - 42pp, 407KB] [At a Glance PDF - 45KB] February 20, 2013 PDF - 4pp, 654KB PDF - 1pp, 190KB
Congressionally Requested Information on EPA Utilization of Integrated Risk Information System [Report PDF - 31pp, 535KB] [At a Glance PDF - 43KB] January 31, 2013    
EPA’s Review of Applications for a Water Research Grant Did Not Follow All Review Procedures and Lacked Transparency, Report No. 12-P-0864, [Report PDF - 57pp, 487KB] [At a Glance PDF - 45KB] September 25, 2012    
EPA Progress on the 2007 Methamphetamine Remediation Research Act, Report No. 11-P-0708, [Report PDF - 28pp, 295KB ] [At a Glance PDF - 38KB] September 27, 2011 PDF 4pp, 735KB PDF 1pp, 171KB
Procedural Review of EPA's Greenhouse Gases Endangerment Finding Data Quality Processes, Report No. 11-P-0702, [Report PDF - 99pp, 710KB ] [At a Glance PDF - 36KB][Inspector General Statement on Greenhouse Gases Endangerment Report]
[Interview of Assistant Inspector General Wade Najjum on Greenhouse Gases Report by Federal News Radio, October 5, 2011]
September 26, 2011 PDF 3pp, 1,485KB PDF 4pp, 655KB
Observed Conditions at Five Deleted Superfund Sites, Report No. 11-P-0433, [Report PDF - 24pp, 3,236KB ] [At a Glance PDF - 38KB] August 3, 2011    
Office of Research and Development Should Increase Awareness of Scientific Integrity Policies, Report No. 11-P-0386, [Report PDF - 40pp, 768KB ] [At a Glance PDF - 39KB] July 22, 2011 PDF 13pp, 3,132KB PDF 2pp, 618KB
Office of Research and Development Needs to Improve Its Method of Measuring Administrative Savings, Report No. 11-P-0333, [Report PDF - 23pp, 140KB ] [At a Glance PDF - 38KB] July 14, 2011    
EPA's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program Should Establish Management Controls to Ensure More Timely Results, Report No. 11-P-0215, [Report PDF - 35pp, 412KB ] [At a Glance PDF - 39KB] May 3, 2011 PDF 6pp, 934KB (Initial)
PDF 7pp, 665KB (Second)
PDF 8pp, 1,137KB (Third)
PDF 7pp, 1.2MB (Initial)
PDF 6pp, 1MB (Second)
PDF 6pp, 1,052KB (Third)
EPA’s Small Business Innovative Research Awards Should Include Additional Certifications to Reduce Risk, Report No. 11-N-0199, [Report PDF - 17pp, 107KB ] [At a Glance PDF - 37KB] March 30, 2011    
Examination of Costs Claimed Under EPA Cooperative Agreement X83275501 Awarded to The Montana Physical Sciences Foundation, Report No. 11-4-0013 [Report PDF - 28pp, 269KB] [At a Glance PDF - 44KB] November 8, 2010    
EPA’s Office of Research and Development Performance Measures Need Improvement, Report No. 10-P-0176, [Report PDF - 47pp, 261KBB ] [At a Glance PDF - 42KB] August 4, 2010 PDF-2pp, 285KB PDF-4pp, 754KB
Office of Inspector General Scientific Analysis of Perchlorate, Report No. 10-P-0101, [Report PDF - 216pp, 1.7MB ] [At a Glance PDF - 164KB] [Appendix D PDF - 206pp, 16.3MB] [Appendix E PDF - 81pp, 8.9MB] April 19, 2010    
EPA Needs an Oversight Program for Protocol Gases, Report No. 09-P-0235 [Report PDF - 33pp, 723KB] [At a Glance PDF - 96KB] September 16, 2009    
EPA's Office of Research and Development Could Better Use the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act to Improve Operations, Report No. 09-P-0232 [Report PDF - 33pp, 383KB] [At a Glance PDF - 57KB] September 15, 2009    
EPA Can Improve Its Process for Establishing Peer Review Panels, Report No. 09-P-0147 [Report PDF - 22pp, 264KB] [At a Glance PDF - 51KB] April 29, 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    
Saving the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Requires Better Coordination of Environmental and Agricultural Resources, EPA OIG Report No. 2007-P-00004 [Report PDF - 69pp, 1.8MB] [At a Glance PDF - 57KB] November 20, 2006    
Review of Environmental Concerns at McFarland, California, Report No. 2006-P-00041, [Report PDF - 43pp, 358KB] [At a Glance PDF - 51KB] September 28, 2006    
Monitoring Needed to Assess Impact of EPA’s Clean Air Mercury Rule on Potential Hotspots Report No. 2006-P-00025 [Report - 434KB PDF, 33pp] [At a Glance - 69KB PDF]
May 15, 2006    
EPA Can Better Implement Its Strategy for Managing Contaminated Sediments Report No. 2006-P-00016 [Report - 1686KB PDF, 44pp] [At a Glance - 43KB PDF] March 15, 2006    
More Information Is Needed On Toxaphene Degradation Products, Report No. 2006-P-00007 [Report - 1MB PDF, 47pp] [At a Glance - 58KB PDF] December 16, 2005    
EPA Could Improve Physical Access and Service Continuity/Contingency Controls for Financial and Mixed-Financial Systems Located at its Research Triangle Park Campus, Report No. 2006-P-00005 [Report - 383KB, PDF, 50pp] [At a Glance - 60KB, PDF] December 14, 2005    
Reported Outlays Under EPA Grant R828112-01 Health Effects Institute, Report No. 2005-4-00054 [Report - 338KB PDF, 40pp] [At a Glance - 37KB PDF] March 31, 2005    
Progress Made in Monitoring Ambient Air Toxics, But Further Improvements Can Increase Effectiveness, Report No. 2005-P-00008 [Report - 1.9MB PDF] [At a Glance - 107KB PDF] March 2, 2005    
EPA Needs to Direct More Attention, Efforts, and Funding to Enhance Its Speciation Monitoring Program for Measuring Fine Particulate Matter, Report No. 2005-P-00004 [Report - 1.1MB PDF] [At a Glance -107KB PDF]
February 7, 2005    
Additional Analyses of Mercury Emissions Needed Before EPA Finalizes Rules for Coal-Fired Electric Utilities, Report No. 2005-P-00003 [Report - 1.5MB PDF] [At a Glance - 37KB PDF]
- Statement of Nikki L. Tinsley on the OIG's Mercury Report
[33KB PDF]
February 3, 2005    
Review of Conflict of Interest AllegationsPertaining to the Peer Review of EPA’s Draft Report, "Exposure and Human Health Evaluation of Airborne Pollution from the World Trade Center Disaster,” Report No. 2005-S-00003 [Report - 639KB PDF] [At a Glance - 296KB PDF] November 4, 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    
Significant Modifications Needed To Ensure Success of Fort Worth Asbestos Demolition Method, Report No. 2004-P-00002 [338KB PDF] December 19, 2003    
Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship Program Needs to Place Emphasis on Measuring Results [263KB PDF] September 30, 2003    
Decline In EPA Particulate Matter Methods Development Activities May Hamper Timely Achievement of Program Goals [333KB PDF] September 30, 2003    
Selected Children’s Health Annual Performance Measures for Goal 8, Sound Science [82KB PDF] September 26, 2003    
EPA’s Response to the World Trade Center Collapse: Challenges, Successes, and Areas for Improvement, Report No. 2003-P-00012 [3.39MB]
Supplemental Appendices [PDF]
Inspector General's Personal Statement on World Trade Center Report [PDF]
August 21, 2003
August 21, 2003
August 22, 2003
Science to Support Rulemaking Report [635KB PDF]
Science to Support Rulemaking Addendum [1,128KB PDF]
November 15, 2002    
Land Application of Biosolids, Report No. 2002-S-000004 [485KB PDF] March 28, 2002    
EPA's Actions Concerning Asbestos-Contaminated Vermiculite in Libby, Montana (2001-S-7) [2,074KB PDF] March 31, 2001    
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