News Releases issued by the Office of the Chief Financial Officer
EPA Releases Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2005
Release Date: 11/16/2005
Contact: Dave Ryan, 202-564-4355 / firstname.lastname@example.org
(Washington, D.C.-Nov. 16, 2005) EPA announced the release yesterday of the Agency's Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2005, meeting the requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) and other management legislation. The 1993 GPRA requires federal agencies to report to Congress annually on the results of their activities during the fiscal year. Among the report's highlights:
- EPA announced new clean air rules for mercury and interstate air pollution that are expected to dramatically reduce emissions of pollutants from power plants.
- EPA launched a "Clean Diesel Campaign" to reduce emissions from new and existing diesel engines. The campaign includes regulatory and voluntary efforts to reduce emissions of particulate matter and ozone.
- EPA and state partners attained water quality standards in an additional eight percent of waters previously identified as impaired.
- EPA completed work at 40 sites on the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) for a cumulative total of 966 sites cleaned up, more than 62 percent of the sites on the NPL.
- In FY 2005, EPA announced $76.7 million in brownfields grant funding to recipients in 45 states. (Since the beginning of the program, brownfields grantees have assessed 7,752 properties and attracted $7.2 billion in cleanup and redevelopment funding, creating 33,599 jobs.)
- EPA reduced, treated, or eliminated more than 1.1 billion pounds of pollutants as a result of agency enforcement actions.
The report also discusses the agency's financial management. EPA's financial statements are audited by the Inspector General, who issues an audit report on the principal financial statements, internal controls, and compliance with laws and regulations. EPA received a clean audit opinion from the agency's Inspector General for the sixth consecutive year, with no material weaknesses for internal controls and no substantial noncompliance with laws and regulations. These financial statements, included in the report, provide a snapshot of the agency's financial position at the end of the year.
"Fiscal Year 2005 Performance and Accountability Report, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency," (EPA 190-R-05-001) is available at: http://www.epa.gov/ocfo/finstatement/2005par
Printed copies will be available in January through EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP) at 1-800-490-9198 or by ordering on-line at: http://www.epa.gov/ncepihom/ordering.htm