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Privatization of the Biennial Report Software

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Solid Waste (renamed Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery on January 18, 2009) held a public meeting on February 24, 1999, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., to make information available on the EPA's efforts to privatize the development of software required by State and Federal Agencies for biennial reporting to the EPA about the generation, management and final disposition of hazardous waste regulated by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The purpose of this public meeting was to explain to interested private software vendors the biennial reporting process and implementation schedule for the 1999 biennial reporting cycle, with particular emphasis on the output flat file specifications. This is necessary to ensure the data entry software and implementer database are in a standard format for proper data loading into EPA's National Database.

The EPA previously developed reporting software, the Biennial Reporting System (BRS), for use by State and Federal Agencies for the 1989 through 1997 Biennial Reporting cycles. The EPA is now preparing for the 1999 biennial reporting cycle. Although the EPA does not require electronic submission of data from the regulated community, recent biennial reporting cycles have become more automated, with both the regulated community and the State/Federal implementers of the biennial reporting requirements using electronic data submissions to prepare the State data files that ultimately comprise the BRS National Oversight Database. Although the EPA has provided BRS implementer software to State/Federal Agencies, private software vendors have recently begun providing software which meets the needs of both the regulated community and State/Federal implementers of the RCRA program.

Consistent with the intent of the Information Technology Management Reform Act (ITMRA) of 1995, also known as the Clinger-Cohen Act, the EPA is encouraging the privatization of the entire implementer component of the biennial reporting process. ITMRA requires that Federal Agencies make the maximum use of commercial, Off-the-Shelf technology if the private sector can efficiently support the function. The EPA has made the determination that the software developed by private vendors, or State-developed software, is an efficient and cost-effective way of implementing the RCRA biennial reporting requirements and, therefore, the EPA will no longer develop and provide the BRS implementer software.

Subsequent to the February 1999 meeting, the EPA intends to sponsor a June 1999 national conference with the State/Federal Agencies who implement the biennial reporting requirements. EPA will provide interested private software vendors with an opportunity for exhibition of their software products during this June 1999 National Conference.

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Legacy System (BRS) Documentation Other Documents of Interest

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