Regional Science Topic Workshops
The Office of Science Policy (OSP) in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Research and Development (ORD) integrates and communicates scientific information generated by or for ORD's laboratories and centers, as well as ORD's expert advice on the use of scientific information. EPA and the scientific community at large use this information to ensure that EPA's decisions and environmental policies are informed by sound science.
EPA functions as both a scientific and regulatory agency in the United States. Research conducted under ORD provides the basis for the formulation of environmental policies and programs. OSP plays a vital role by providing expert advice and evaluation on the use of scientific knowledge and science policy to support sound science in the Agency. OSP accomplishes this mission by leading efforts in science integration, coordination and communication across ORD, and between ORD and the Agency's programs, regions, and external parties.
Science Integration by
developing unified ORD positions on the use of science in regulations and policies and
coordinating the implementation of Agency-wide science policies.
Science Coordination by
bringing ORD and the 10 EPA Regions together to address critical science issues,
leading the Agency-wide effort to ensure that ORD's research program addresses the Agency's priorities, and
facilitating access to scientists in ORD laboratories and centers for input in agency regulations and policies.
Science Communication by
representing ORD to Tribal, state, and local communities and
sponsoring external and internal colloquia, workshops, and scientific meetings on topical science issues.
The unique role of OSP has resulted in an ORD-wide focus on meeting the needs of ORD's internal and external customers to enhance the use of sound science in the Agency.