EFPA's New Research Controls: Problems Remain.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV
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External and internal criticism prompted the Environmental Protection Agency EPA to take a closer look at its research program. Consequently, in 1978, EPA started actions to improve research controls and acknowledged that its program lacked the following A coherent research strategy that related program objectives and priorities to research activities Effective communications and decisionmaking mechanisms between researchers and programs Adequately responsive research results An adequate program of long-term and anticipatory research and Consistent research quality. GAOs review of EPAs new procedures and practices indicates that although progress has been made, more still needs to be done. Because of the importance of research in EPAs regulatory mission, GAO evaluated the degree to which EPA took action to implement its new research controls and how these new procedures resolved previous research planning and management problems.
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