[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 223 (Tuesday, November 19, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 69412-69413]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-27676]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-9903-04-OCFO]


Draft FY 2014-2018 EPA Strategic Plan; Availability

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of availability, request for public comments.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing 
the availability of the Draft FY 2014-2018 EPA Strategic Plan for 
public review and comment, as part of the periodic update required by 
the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Modernization Act of 
2010 (Pub. L. 111-352). The agency anticipates the final Strategic Plan 
will be submitted to Congress in February 2014. The Strategic Plan 
provides the Agency's long-term direction and strategies for advancing 
human health and the environment. For this notice, the EPA is seeking 
comment from individual citizens, states, tribes, local government, 
industry, the academic community, non-governmental organizations, and 
all other interested parties. The agency is particularly interested in 
feedback addressing strategies contained in the goal narratives, cross-
cutting fundamental strategies, and strategic measures. The agency made 
targeted revisions to our existing Plan that seek to advance efforts to 
address our changing climate, protect our precious water and land 
resources, and advance chemical safety. The Plan seeks to outline how 
EPA will make a visible difference in communities across the country by 
advancing sustainability, innovation and providing sound scientific 
advice, technical and compliance assistance and other tools that 
support states, tribes, cities, towns, rural communities, and the 
private sector. Under this Plan, EPA will continue to improve the way 
we do business, engaging closely with our public sector partners at all 
levels and the regulated community to achieve environmental benefits in 
the most pragmatic, collaborative, and flexible way possible--for our 
children and future generations.
    In addition, the EPA is proposing new FY 2014-2015 Agency Priority 
Goals--a key component of the

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Administration's performance management system--to align more closely 
with our highest priorities, including improving the health of 
communities across the country and tackling the issue of climate 
change.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 3, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-
2013-0555, by one of the following methods (electronic submission 
preferred):
    Electronic: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
    Fax: ATTN: Vivian Daub, Director, Planning Staff, Fax number: (202) 
564-1808.
    Mail: ATTN: Vivian Daub, Director, Planning Staff, Office of 
Planning, Analysis, and Accountability (Mail Code 2723A), Office of the 
Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460.
    Important: Please allow a minimum of two weeks from date postmarked 
to allow ample time for receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vivian Daub, Director, Planning Staff, 
Office of Planning, Analysis, and Accountability, Office of the Chief 
Financial Officer, ocfoinfo@epa.gov.
    Instructions: EPA's policy is that all comments received will be 
included in the public docket without change and may be made available 
online at www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be 
Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose 
disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you 
consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov 
or email. The www.regulations.gov Web site is an ``anonymous access'' 
system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact 
information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you 
send an email comment directly to EPA without going through 
www.regulations.gov your email address will be automatically captured 
and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket 
and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic 
comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact 
information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you 
submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties 
and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to 
consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special 
characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or 
viruses. For additional information about EPA's public docket visit the 
EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The GPRA Modernization Act holds federal agencies accountable for 
using resources wisely and achieving program results. Specifically, the 
GPRA Modernization Act requires agencies to develop: Strategic Plans, 
which include a mission statement, set out long-term goals, objectives, 
and strategic measures, and describe strategies to achieve them over a 
four-year time horizon; Annual Performance Plans, which provide annual 
performance measures and activities toward the long-term Strategic 
Plan; and, Annual Performance Reports, which evaluate an agency's 
success in achieving the annual performance measures.
    The Draft FY 2014-2018 EPA Strategic Plan reflects the 
Administrator's themes for advancing EPA's mission. The Plan presents 
five strategic goals to accelerate protection of human health and the 
environment and four cross-cutting fundamental strategies for changing 
the way the agency does business in achieving its results. The five 
strategic goals are: Addressing Climate Change and Improving Air 
Quality; Protecting America's Waters; Cleaning Up Communities and 
Advancing Sustainable Development; Ensuring the Safety of Chemicals and 
Preventing Pollution; and Protecting Human Health and the Environment 
by Enforcing Laws and Assuring Compliance. The four cross-cutting 
fundamental strategies are: Working Toward a Sustainable Future; 
Working to Make a Visible Difference in Communities; Launching a New 
Era of State, Tribal, Local, and International Partnerships; and 
Embracing EPA as a High-Performing Organization. The Strategic Plan 
also identifies a suite of strategic measures by which the agency will 
hold itself accountable.

Maryann Froehlich,
Acting Chief Financial Officer, Office of the Chief Financial Officer.
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