EPA is committed fully to ensuring transparency and accountability throughout the Agency as we spend Recovery Act funds in accordance with OMB guidance. We welcome the additional opportunities for providing stakeholders and the public with detailed information during implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
To govern Recovery Act communication, implementation policies, procedures, performance measurement, and reporting, EPA formed a Stimulus Steering Committee comprised of EPA's senior leaders. The Steering Committee is chaired by EPA's Office of Administration and Resources Management (OARM).
EPA's Senior Accountable Official for the Recovery Act is Craig Hooks, Acting Assistant Administrator of OARM. He represents EPA at meetings convened by the White House, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and other government entities; attends Stimulus Steering Committee meetings; reviews EPA's Recovery Act activities, communication, and reporting information; and sets the implementation vision for the Agency.
EPA's Stimulus Steering Committee meets weekly to review implementation progress and resolve issues brought by its eight subcommittees. The subcommittees include: Communication and Outreach, Contracts, Interagency Issues, Finance and Resources, Congressional Coordination, Performance Measurement, Grants and Interagency Agreements, and Reporting and Tracking.
The subcommittees were created to quickly analyze Recovery Act implementation requirements in their specific areas of responsibility, note any potential issues and opportunities for collaboration, and initiate any necessary corrective actions through clear and transparent work plans with milestones. Individual subcommittee work plans dovetail with the overall Agency calendar of milestones provided in the Initial Implementing Guidance for the Recovery Act issued by OMB on February 18, 2009. Each subcommittee meets at least weekly and coordinates with others as needed.
EPA is committed to the accuracy and transparency in all Agency reporting as well as in all material posted on EPA's Recovery Act web site, http://www.epa.gov/recovery/, and through the government-wide web site, http://www.recovery.gov/. EPA realizes that appropriate internal controls for data and information quality must be in place to ensure that only complete and accurate information is posted and available to the public. For both financial and programmatic performance reporting, EPA will continue to implement its controls under A-123 and the Agency's policy on information quality.
For purposes of ARRA, the Agency has developed Quality Assurance Management Action Plans to ensure quality standards are reflected in fiduciary instruments such as grants and contracts and that performance results reported to information systems for ARRA reporting are complete, accurate, and comply with the Agency's Quality Program and Information Quality Guidelines. Performance results covered by the Management Action Plan include environmental and program outputs and outcomes, green outcomes, jobs created, and administrative outputs specific to stimulus spending. These plans also require documentation and certification of data submitted for purposes of the ARRA.