Partners in Science
An important OSP function is to foster relationships between ORD and other organizations in the development, communication, and use of scientific information. A key relationship is between ORD and EPA's program offices, in which OSP coordinates ORD's support to the programs in the use of scientific information in policies and decisions. EPA's 10 regional offices also are important Agency partners in science, and OSP manages several activities and programs to address regional science needs. EPA has a special relationship with the Native American tribes, and OSP serves as ORD's lead office for addressing science issues in Indian Country. Some environmental problems may disproportionately impact specific groups of people. In the area of environmental justice, OSP supports ORD's relationship with EPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council to better understand the distribution of environmental exposures and risks across population groups. The Federal Technology Transfer Act (FTTA) allows private industry and state/local governments to access our Federal Laboratories to more efficiently and effectively put federally funded technologies to real-world use. These partnerships are not just important to ORD; they help define ORD's contribution to EPA's mission, and shape the advancement of our research program.