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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Region 9 Strategic Plan, 2011-14

Support Services

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:

Financial Management

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.

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