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Environmental Protection Agency

1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460


Deputy AdministratorMichael Flynn, Acting

Assistant Administrator, Office of Administration and Resources ManagementDonna Vizian, Acting
Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and RadiationSarah Dunham, Acting
Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution PreventionWendy Cleland-Hamnett, Acting
Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance AssuranceLawrence Starfield, Acting
Assistant Administrator, Office of International and Tribal AffairsJane Nishida, Acting
Assistant Administrator, Office of Land and Emergency ManagementBarry Breen, Acting

Chief Information Officer, Office of Environmental InformationSteven Fine, Acting
Chief Financial Officer, Office of the Chief Financial OfficerDavid Bloom, Acting
Assistant Administrator, Office of Research and Development / Agency Science Advisor, Office of the Science AdvisorRobert Kavlock, Acting
Assistant Administrator, Office of WaterMichael Shapiro, Acting
General Counsel, Office of General CounselAvKevin Minoli, Acting
Inspector General, Office of the Inspector GeneralArthur A. Elkins, Jr.

Region 1Deborah Szaro, Acting
Region 2Catherine McCabe, Acting
Region 3Cecil Rodrigues, Acting
Region 4Anne Heard, Acting
Region 5Robert A. Kaplan, Acting
Region 6Samuel Coleman, Acting
Region 7Edward Chu, Acting
Region 8Debra Thomas, Acting
Region 9Alexis Strauss, Acting
Region 10Michelle Pirzadeh, Acting

The Environmental Protection Agency protects human health and safeguards the environment.

Organizational Chart

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in the executive branch as an independent agency pursuant to Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1970 (5 U.S.C. app.), effective December 2, 1970.


The Agency facilitates coordinated and effective governmental action to protect the environment. It also serves as the public's advocate for a livable environment.


Core Functions

Air and Radiation

The Office of Air and Radiation develops air quality policies, programs, regulations, and standards, including emission standards for stationary sources, for mobile sources, and for hazardous air pollutants. It also conducts research and disseminates information on indoor air pollutants. This Office provides technical direction, support, and evaluation of regional air activities; offers training in the field of air pollution control; gives technical assistance to States and agencies operating radiation protection programs; and provides technical support and policy direction to international efforts to reduce global and transboundary air pollution and its effects.


Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

The Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention is responsible for EPA's strategies for implementation and integration of the pollution prevention, pesticides, and toxic substances programs and developing and operating Agency programs and policies for assessment and control of pesticides and toxic substances as well as recommending policies and developing operating programs for implementing the Pollution Prevention Act. The Office develops recommendations for EPA's priorities for research, monitoring regulatory and information gathering activities relating to implementation of the Pollution Prevention Act, to pesticides, and to toxic substances; and monitoring and assessing pollution prevention, pesticides and toxic substances program operations in EPA headquarters and regional offices.


Enforcement and Compliance Assurance

The Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance serves as the primary adviser to the Administrator in matters concerning enforcement, compliance assurance, and environmental-equity efforts. It also provides the direction and review of all administrative, civil and criminal enforcement, and compliance monitoring and assurance activities. The Office manages the national criminal enforcement program as well as regulatory, site remediation, and Federal facilities enforcement and compliance assurance programs. The Office manages both administrative and judicial activities in the enforcement and compliance programs and provides case preparation and investigative expertise for enforcement activities through the National Enforcement Investigations Center.


Land and Emergency Management

The Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response provides agencywide policy, guidance, and direction for EPA's solid waste and emergency response programs. The Office's responsibilities include: development of guidelines and standards for the land disposal of hazardous wastes and for underground storage tanks; technical assistance in the development, management, and operation of solid waste management activities; analyses on the recovery of useful energy from solid waste; and development and implementation of a program to respond to hazardous waste sites and spills.


Research and Development

The Office of Research and Development conducts leading-edge research and fosters the sound use of science and technology to fulfill EPA's mission to protect human health and safeguard the natural environment. The Office of Research and Development is responsible for the research and development needs of EPA's operating programs and the conduct of an integrated research and development program for the Agency. The Assistant Administrator serves as the Agency’s principal science adviser and is responsible for the development, direction, and conduct of a national environmental research, development, and demonstration program in health risk assessment, health effects, engineering and technology, processes and effects, acid rain deposition, monitoring systems, and quality assurance. The Office participates in the development of EPA's policy, standards, and regulations; provides for dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge, including analytical methods, monitoring techniques, and modeling methodologies; and provides technical and scientific advice on agencywide technical program issues.



The Office of Water provides agencywide policy, guidance, and direction for EPA's water quality, drinking water, groundwater, wetlands protection, marine and estuarine protection, and other related programs. The Office’s responsibilities include: program policy development and evaluation; environmental and pollution source standards development; program policy guidance and overview, technical support, and evaluation of regional activities as they relate to drinking water and water programs; development and implementation of programs for education, technical assistance and technology transfer; development of selected demonstration programs; long-term strategic planning and special studies; economic and long-term environmental analysis; and development and implementation of pollution prevention strategies.


Sources of Information


The EPA Web site features a blog.


Business Opportunities

Acquisition management information, the procurement status of projects across the Agency's procurement divisions, and an acquisition forecast database of future EPA procurement opportunities are available on the EPA Web site. Contact the Office of Acquisition Management for more information. Phone, 202-564-4310.



Educators and students can access homework resources, lesson plans, and project ideas on the EPA's Web site. Environmental education incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to learning, builds critical thinking skills, and helps students make informed and responsible decisions that sustain Earth's ecosystems.



The EPA Web site features an environmental justice mapping and screening tool that is based on nationally consistent data and an approach that combines environmental and demographic indicators in maps and reports. The EPA developed the tool to make the Agency a more effective protector of public health and the environment.



The EPA relies on professionals from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of skill sets to carry out its mission. The Agency posts current job openings on its Web site. For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources. Phone, 202-564-4606.

http://www.epa.gov/careers | Email: recruit_inquiries@epa.gov

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The EPA is required to disclose records that the public requests, unless they are protected from disclosure by certain FOIA exemptions.

https://www.epa.gov/foia/learn-about-foia | Email: hq.foia@epa.gov

The EPA participates in FOIAonline, an electronic search, submission, processing, and tracking tool.


The FOIA libraries contain frequently requested information. Before making a FOIA request, search the online FOIA libraries to see if the desired information is immediately available at no cost.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Some EPA offices and programs have their own FAQs Web pages. The EPA maintains a list of FAQs pages that Internet users visit most often.



Information to apply for, manage, and understand EPA grants is available online. Contact the Office of Grants and Debarment for more information. Phone, 202-564-5315.


Hotlines and Service Lines

Hotline and service line information for specific topics is available on the EPA Web site.


Region-specific, customer service line information is also available.



The EPA posts news stories on its Web site. It maintains a social media presence on Facebook and Twitter and uses RSS feeds to disseminate information.


The EPA produces public service announcements and materials.


Non-English Readers

The EPA provides information on its Web site in Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Language tags are visible at the bottom of the EPA's home page.


Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

The OIG receives complaints of abuse, fraud, and waste in EPA programs. A complaint may be filed by email, fax, or phone. A person can expect confidentiality when filing his or her complaint by fax or phone—not by email. If the hotline is busy, leave a message and a Federal special agent will return the call. Phone, 888-546-8740. Fax, 202-566-2599.

https://www.epa.gov/office-inspector-general | Email: OIG_Hotline@epa.gov

Open Government

The EPA supports the Open Government initiative by promoting the principles of collaboration, participation, and transparency.


Plain Language

The EPA upholds the Plain Writing Act of 2010 by adhering to Federal plain language guidelines. EPA writers and editors want to know if a document or Web page contains content that was not written in plain language.


Regional Offices

Ten regional offices help develop local programs for pollution abatement.


Staff Directory

The EPA maintains an online staff directory.


For further information, contact the Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001. Phone, 202-272-0167.