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The 2009 EPA Quality Management Conference took place May 12-14, 2009 at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. The conference kicked off Tuesday afternoon with the opening plenary session followed by an afternoon of concurrent session tracks. Wednesday and Thursday both began with invited speakers at a morning plenary session followed by a variety of Quality Management topics presented in concurrent session tracks*. Training workshops were held Wednesday and Thursday afternoon -- see the agenda below for details.

Click on the title in the agenda to view the corresponding materials presented. You can also download (PDF 176 KB, 33 pp.) all of the abstracts.



Tuesday, May 12, 2009

8:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Stakeholder Meetings

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch on your own

1:00 - 2:30 PM


Opening Plenary
Welcome: Reggie Cheatham
Lisa Schlosser, Office of Information Collection:
"Quality 2009... A River Flowing with Opportunities"
Keynote:  Dr. Stan Boddie, National Defense University:
“Transformational Leadership”

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Networking Break

Concurrent Sessions 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Quality Policies in Action

Implementing Modeling Guidelines

Paths to Improving Field and Laboratory Measurements

3:00 - 3:30 PM

EPA Office Product Quality – Mapping Products/Services [ID-27] (PowerPoint 996KB, 16 pp.)
K. Hull

Development, Evaluation and Application of Environmental Models [ID-61] (PowerPoint 2440 KB, 24 pp.)
N. Gaber

Leading Change:  Elevating Environmental Field Sampling and Measurement Activities to a Higher Level of Quality [ID-36] (PowerPoint 7522KB, 34pp.)
K. Yarbrough

3:30 - 4:00 PM

A Quality Assurance Program Plan for the Risk Management Program [ID-32] (PowerPoint 420KB, 17 pp.)
D. Taylor

Results of an Organizational Self-Assessment of Model Development and Application Practices [ID-60] (PowerPoint 977 KB, 21 pp.)
L. Johnson

USEPA Region 6 Mobile Laboratory – A Field Analytical Vehicle [ID-63] (PowerPoint 12762KB, 33 pp.)
R. Flores

4:00 - 4:30 PM

Greening Quality Assurance:  How To Use QA to Reduce Our Ecological Footprint [ID-23] (PowerPoint 195KB, 11 pp.)
E. McNaughton

Framework for Providing Quality Assurance Guidance for Computer-Based Software Models used in Research Projects and Regulatory Support Activities [ID-35] (PowerPoint 1116KB, 37pp.)
E. Hall

Environmental Response Laboratory Network, Operational Framework [ID-40] (PowerPoint 423KB, 18 pp.)
S. Kolb

4:30 - 5:00 PM

Panel Discussion on Quality Assurance for Models

Environmental Response Laboratory Network, Data Management Strategies [ID-45] (PowerPoint 1024KB, 20 pp.)
S. Kolb  

5:00- 6:00 PM

Networking Reception




Wednesday, May 13, 2009

8:00 - 8:45 AM

Morning Plenary - Dr. Richard Bruce Winders, Alamo Historian and Curator

8:45 - 9:00 AM


Concurrent Sessions 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Measuring Performance

Planning and Verification for Program Success

Strategies for Sharing Data

9:00 - 9:30 AM


Improving Performance Data Though a Life-Cycle Approach to Information Quality (60 minutes) [ID-57] (PowerPoint KB, pp.)
J. Greenblott, J. Lieberman, P. Mundy, J. Warren

Data Quality Assessment What Is It? Why Use It? And What’s in It for Me [ID-5] (PowerPoint 1880KB, 31 pp.)
J. Lundell, B. Oates, D. LaCroix

Start with the End in Mind: Key Ingredients for Effectively Working with Volunteer Collected Data (60 minutes [ID-62] (PowerPoint 1280KB, 69pp.)
D. Donkersloot

9:30 - 10:00 AM
Value Added Verification  [ID-31] (PowerPoint 4460KB, 22 pp.)
M. Rice

10:00 - 10:30 AM


Concurrent Sessions 10:30 - 12:00 PM

Managing Data and Electronic Records

Improving Quality in Field Programs

Ensuring Data Integrity

10:30 - 11:00 AM

ORD's Scientific Data Management (SDM) Strategy:  First Steps [ID-17] (PowerPoint 7400KB, 11 pp.)
L. Petterson

QA Principles and Practices in the Everglades REMAP Project [ID-21] (PowerPoint 4670 KB, 46pp.)
C. Appleby


Improving the Quality of Environmental Data Exchanges Using Shared Services (90 minutes) [ID-58]

Facility Registry System and the Exchange Network (PowerPoint 1160KB, 16 pp.)

Improving Quality with the Substance Registry Services (SRS) (PowerPoint 7300KB, 52 pp.)

P. Garvey , J. Harman

11:00 - 11:30 AM

The Development and Implementation of a Virtually Paperless Lab - Advantages and Disadvantages for a Core Facility [ID-26] - Cancelled

A Business case for Implementing Uniform Federal Policy for Quality Assurance Project Plans (UFP QAPPs) – The Region 2 Experience [ID-53] (PowerPoint 1490KB, 26 pp.)
K. Kubik

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Improving Customer Service Through Electronic Data Management & Paperless Data Delivery - The Region 2 Experience [ID-54] (PowerPoint 3490KB, 27 pp.)
L. Mauel

Air Force’s Environmental Restoration Processes Optimization (ERP-O) Program [ID-46] (PowerPoint 5130KB, 17 pp.)
J. Socash

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch on your own

Web 2.0 Brown Bag Presentation available on the Wiki Playground Exit Disclaimer



Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Concurrent Training & Workshops

1:30 - 5:00 PM (3:00 - 3:30 PM Break)

Training/Workshop-Danielle Donkersloot, NJDEP, NJ Watershed Watch Network & Jason R. Pinchback, River Systems Institute, Texas Stream Team

“Technical Information Management Skills from Field Collection to Data Management” (PowerPoint 31719KB, 106 pp.)

Participants will learn how EPA methods are being taught to volunteer organizations to help provide the quality data that EPA, states, tribes and local associations need. Areas to be covered include:  introduction volunteer monitoring efforts, sampling methods, study design, quality assurance, and visual assessment training techniques, as well as data base issues and the flow of volunteer data into WQX.

Intended Audience:  EPA, states and tribes who provide and assess the quality of environmental data for EPA program uses.

Training/Workshop - Jake Jacobs, Winds of Change

“Polarity Management”(PowerPoint KB, pp.)

Real-time strategic change-focus in on managing change so that everyone benefits

- looks at independent opposites for synergy

- looks at underlying tensions and how to manage them; identifies and manages expectations.

Intended Audience:  QA Managers and project managers; Federal, State, Local and private sector

Training/Workshop - Gary Johnson and Connie Thoma, USEPA; Kevin Hull, Neptune & Company; EPA Panel

“Developing and Applying Quality to Organizations & the Next Generation QMP” (PowerPoint 990KB, 17 pp.)

Demonstrate what quality means in the context of international standards and EPA policy through the development of quality management systems and their documentation in the next generation quality management plans; explore innovations in documenting those systems through the use of electronic QMPs; learn from EPA panelists about successful eQMP applications.

Intended Audience:  New QA managers from EPA, States, Other Feds, and anyone who needs an understanding of Quality Management at EPA.

Barry Nussbaum and John Warren, USEPA

“Numbers!  Speak to Me!  Turning Data into Information” Training Materials (PDF 927KB, 53 pp.)

By completing this course, participants will be able to meaningfully summarize their own data graphically, be aware of how to avoid distortions in presentation, and make inferences about the likely statistical distribution of their data.

Attendees may want to bring a calculator to use for in-class exercises.

Intended Audience:  Non-technical analysts, project managers; State, Local and private sector.

5:30 - 6:30 PM

EPA Statistics Users Group/SAS Users Group/R Users Group Meeting




Thursday, May 14, 2009

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Morning Plenary - Danette McGilvray: “Information - A Bridge Across the Organization”

9:00 - 9;15


Concurrent Sessions 9:15 - 10:45 AM

QA Requirements in Contracts and Assistance Agreements

Analyzing Data

Improving Data Exchanges

9:15 - 9:45 AM

USEPA Region 5 Perspectives on Managing Extramural Agreements [ID-30] (PowerPoint 625KB, 27 pp.)
K. Bolger

Modeling Cryptosporidium Recovery [ID-10] (PowerPoint 349KB, 17 pp.)
M. Messner


A New Vision for Data Integrity  (90 minutes) [ID-20] (PowerPoint 978 KB, 57pp.)
C. Appleby

9:45 - 10:15 AM

Oversight of Grants QA – Some Gaps Need Filling [ID-9] (PowerPoint 364KB, 34 pp.)
M. Kantz

Reporting Limit Verification Sample [ID-25] (PowerPoint 982KB, 39 pp.)
B. DiRienzo

10:15 - 10:45 AM

Quality- A Contract Runs through It  [ID-49] (PowerPoint 124KB, 17 pp.)
M. Kelly

Elevated Blood Lead Levels:  Statistical Analysis meets Social Phenomena  [ID-15] (PowerPoint 2990KB, 25 pp.)
R. Levin, B. Nussbaum

10:45 - 11:00 AM


Concurrent Sessions 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Managing Quality Systems

Tools for Improving the Quality of Data and Information

Coordinating Data Management Efforts

11:00 - 11:30 AM

A Brief Discussion of Three Important Quality Management Concepts [ID-39] (PowerPoint 422KB, 22 pp.)
J. Caprio

Visualization Tools Change the Whole Game on Locational Quality [ID-38] (PowerPoint 3780KB, 28 pp.)
P.  Garvey

Programmatic Synergy in Obtaining Cost Effective Data of Known and Documented Quality (90 minutes) [ID-52] (PowerPoint 632KB, 31 pp.)
L. Blume, M. Johnson, R. Avery, L. Mauel

11:30 AM- 12:00 PM

Adapting a Quality Management System to Meet Changing Requirements [ID-41] (PowerPoint 395KB, 16 pp.)
Z. Willenberg

Geostatistical Modeling as a Quality Management Tool to Address Uncertainty in Decision-making for Large Scale Sediment Assessment and Remediation Projects [ID-51] (PowerPoint 1020KB, 34 pp.)
J. Schofield

12:00 - 12:30 PM

Role of an NHEERL QA Manager in Achieving Quality Performance Objectives − Changes from 1999 to 2008 [ID-30] - Cancelled

Stratified Sampling Design & Field XRF to Reduce the 95% UCL for Residential Soil Lead [ID-22] (PowerPoint 4010KB, 23pp.)
D. Crumbling

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Lunch on your own


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Concurrent Training & Workshops

1:30 - 5:00 PM (3:00 - 3:30 PM Break)

Training/Workshop - Danette McGilvray, Granite Falls Consulting, Inc.

“Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information” (http://tensteps.gfalls.com/)Exit Disclaimer

The process for implementing the concepts of the Information Quality Framework.  Reviews methodology, techniques, and tools. The ten steps include a discussion on business impact techniques that are used to determine the effects of data quality on the business.  They include qualitative and quantitative measures and methods for prioritizing.

Intended Audience:  Quality analysts, statisticians, technical staff, data users; State, Local and private sector.

Training/Workshop- Betsy Grim, Louis Blume, USEPA

“Integrating and Documenting Quality in Project Management”(PowerPoint 916KB, 79 pp.)

The Use of Secondary Data in Modeling of Biological Data (PowerPoint 336KB, 11 pp.)

Evaluating Secondary Data For Use In Chemical Risk Assessments
(PowerPoint 350 KB, 19 pp.)

Participants will be able to apply quality principles at the project level.  Case studies will focus on current issues in policy and documentation, e.g., the secondary use of data, TMDL development, etc.

Intended Audience:  New QA managers from EPA, States, other Feds, and anyone who needs an understanding of Quality Management at EPA.

Training/Workshop- John Warren and Barry Nussbaum, USEPA

“What do I do with Non-Detects?” Training Materials (PDF 1050 KB; 41 pp.)

Participants will be able to use good techniques for the analysis of data sets containing non-detects, be able to understand the inherent biases in each, and have an understanding on how to use Visual Sample Plan to analyze data.

Attendees may want to bring a calculator to use for in-class exercises.

Intended Audience:  Quality analysts, statisticians, technical staff, data users; State, Local and private sector.


6:00 - 7:00

This year we are planning a private tour of the Alamo. It will be on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and will cost $10.00. If you think you would like to join us, please sign up when you register for the conference. For more information on the Alamo go to: http://www.thealamo.org/. Exit Disclaimer

*Note: The session papers and presentations accessible via this site are posted for informational purposes only. They have not been reviewed or endorsed by EPA management and thus do not represent an official statement of EPA's views or policy. They are not intended to be used to formulate or support any EPA decision or position. Posting these materials does not indicate EPA adoption or endorsement of the information contained therein.






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