Chemical Safety Board: Recent Organizational Changes and Status of Operations
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV
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We appreciate this opportunity to provide a statement for the record for use in the Subcommittees hearing on the fiscal year 2001 budget request for the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board the Board, an independent agency. Currently in its third year of operation, the Boards mission is to enhance the health and safety of the public, workers, and the environment by determining the causes of accidental chemical releases and using these findings to promote preventive actions by the private and public sectors. The authorizing statute provides for five Board members, including a chairperson, all appointed by the President. The staff includes investigators, attorneys, and program analysts. The Board is required to submit its budget request to the Congress and the Office of Management and Budget 0MB concurrently. For fiscal year 2001, the Board has requested 9 million, an increase of 1 million over the prior years funding. However, in the Presidents Budget, 0MB requests 8 million for the Board. Our statement is based on our work for Senators Bond and Lautenberg. As agreed with their staff, this work is focused on determining the status of the Boards 1 organization, 2 operations, and 3 efforts to update and develop plans, policies, and procedures for accomplishing the Boards mission. Our statement today reflects our preliminary findings. We expect to complete our work and issue a final report in June 2000.
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