Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
Region 9 Strategic Plan, 2011-14
Region 9’s support programs govern budget, financial and grants management, science, information technology, health and safety, facilities, human resources and strategic planning for the Region. Key activities and priorities include:
Each year the Region manages approximately $1.8 billion in operating and technical assistance resources and over $3.2 billion in grants to states, tribes, and local agencies and nonprofit organizations.
- Exercise sound stewardship of financial resources
- Manage approximately 900 active assistance agreements to 375 different recipients to ensure proper use of federal dollars.
- Implement the national Recovery Act Stewardship Plan to ensure expenditures of Recovery Act dollars meet the highest fiduciary standards.
- Award major contracts through the competitive process to support Region 9 programmatic and administrative functions, such as Superfund, hazardous waste and emergency response cleanups, and IT support.
- Foster relationships with small businesses for federal procurement opportunities.
- Streamline grants processes by the end of 2013
- Help pilot a national effort to promote ‘green’ grant conditions that emphasize paper reduction and use of environmentally preferable products and services.
The Regional laboratory in Richmond, California, provides a full spectrum of chemical and biological testing to support regulatory monitoring and environmental decision-making.
Ensure the availability of high quality environmental data
- Perform 12,000 analyses annually and provide related quality assurance plan reviews, data validation, and field assistance to support regional programs.
- Support partners through analyses for the national ambient air lead monitoring evaluation program, the U.S.-Mexico Border air monitoring program, and by training tribal governments in quality assurance methods.
Support emerging science needs
- Help develop a Climate Change 201 training class for EPA staff (webinar training, green travel planning, green remediation alternatives, etc.).
- Build partnerships with states, communities and academic institutions around common science priorities and interests.
- Work with the National Tribal Science Council, the Regional Science Tribal Science Council, and tribal programs to promote science and science innovation.
- Complete development of the capability to analyze soil, water, and wipe samples for five chemical warfare agents identified as a priority by the Department of Homeland Security.