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About the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA)

What We Do

The Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) goes after pollution problems that impact American communities through vigorous civil and criminal enforcement. Our enforcement activities target the most serious water, air and chemical hazards. As part of this mission, we work to advance environmental justice by protecting communities most vulnerable to pollution.

OECA is building on our relationship with states and tribal partners to make sure we are delivering on our shared commitment to a clean and healthy environment.

Through improved transparency, advanced technologies and community participation, we are empowering the public to help us assure compliance nationwide, and to level the playing field for those entities that follow the law.

OECA works with EPA regional offices, and in partnership with state and tribal governments, and other federal agencies to enforce the nation’s environmental laws, including:

Programs and projects managed by OECA:

Strategic planning:

Programs:


Organization

Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator
Lawrence Starfield, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator
Shari Wilson, Deputy Assistant Administrator
Mustafa Ali, Associate Assistant Administrator for Environmental Justice
Charles Lee, Deputy Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice
The Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance includes:

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Office of Administration and Policy (OAP)

What We Do

OAP provides policy, administrative, and management coordination across OECA including human resources, labor relations, budget, finances, contracts, grants, records management, information technology, and manages the Agency’s enforcement website.

Programs and projects managed by the Office of Administration and Policy

OAP Organization

Mark Badalamente, Director
Kenda Layne, Deputy Director

The Office of Administration and Policy includes:

Administrative Management Division

Laura Milton, Director

Budget and Financial Management Division

David Swack, Director

Information Technology Division

Kenda Layne, Acting Director

Policy and Legislative Coordination Division

Caroline Emmerson, Director

Office of Civil Enforcement (OCE)

What We Do

The Office of Civil Enforcement (OCE) develops and prosecutes administrative civil and judicial cases and provides legal support for cases and investigations initiated in EPA regions. OCE directly implements and enforces federal programs, i.e., those where there are no EPA-authorized state programs. OCE also has responsibility for planning and setting priorities for enforcement activities, developing national enforcement policy and guidance, participating in Agency rule-making to ensure that regulations contain clear and enforceable provisions, and implementing effective communication to alert regulated entities to potential compliance problems.

Programs and projects managed by the Office of Civil Enforcement

OCE Organization

Susan Shinkman, Director
Rosemarie Kelley, Deputy Office Director
John Fogarty, Associate Office Director

Resource Management Staff

Deborah McCray, Director

Cross Cutting Policy Staff

Amy Porter, Director

The Office of Civil Enforcement includes:

Air Enforcement Division

Phillip Brooks, Director

Waste and Chemical Enforcement Division

Greg Sullivan, Acting Director

Water Enforcement Division

Mark Pollins, Director

Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training (OCEFT)

What We Do

The Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training (OCEFT) investigates violations of environmental laws and provides a broad range of technical and forensic services for civil and criminal investigative support and council on legal and policy matters.

Programs and projects managed by the Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training

OCEFT Organization

Henry Barnet, Director
Pam Mazakas, Deputy Director
Chuck Cavanaugh, Associate Director

The Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training includes:

Criminal Investigation Division

Ted J. Stanich, Acting Director

National Enforcement Investigations Center

Erica Canzler, Acting Director

Legal Counsel Division

Mike Fisher, Director

Office of Compliance (OC)

What We Do

The Office of Compliance (OC) identifies, prevents, and reduces noncompliance and environmental risks by establishing enforcement initiatives and ensuring effective monitoring and assessment of compliance. OC provides compliance assistance and compliance data and ensures the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement personnel through training.

Programs and projects managed by the Office of Compliance

OC Organization

David Hindin, Director
Betsy Smidinger, Deputy Director
Mamie Miller, Associate Director

The Office of Compliance includes:

Enforcement Targeting and Data Division

John Dombrowski, Director

Monitoring, Assistance, and Media Programs Division

Edward Messina, Director

National Enforcement Training Institute

Mike Walker, Director

Planning, Measuring, and Oversight Division

Christopher Knopes, Director

Resource Management Staff

Phyllis Wingard, Acting Director

Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ)

What We Do

The Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) works to protect human health and the environment in communities overburdened by environmental pollution by integrating environmental justice into all EPA programs, policies and activities. Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, particularly minority, low-income and indigenous populations, in the environmental decision-making process.

Programs and projects managed by the Office of Environmental Justice

OEJ Organization

Matthew Tejada, Director
Sheila Lewis, Deputy Director

Office of Federal Activities (OFA)

What We Do

The Office of Federal Activities (OFA) coordinates EPA's review of all federal Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) prepared by other agencies under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as EPA's compliance with NEPA. OFA also works with federal and state agencies, foreign governments and international organizations in order to ensure compliance with United States environmental laws, and to promote a level playing field in trade internationally.

Programs and projects managed by the Office of Federal Activities

 

OFA Organization

Rob Tomiak, Director
Acting Deputy Director - Vacant
Kimberly DePaul, Associate Director

The Office of Federal Activities includes:

International Compliance Assurance Division

Davis Jones, Acting Director

NEPA Compliance Division

Karin Leff, Acting Director

Federal Facilities Enforcement Office (FFEO)

What We Do

The Federal Facilities Enforcement Office (FFEO) is responsible for ensuring that federal facilities take all necessary actions to prevent, control and abate environmental pollution. FFEO facilitates compliance through inspections and enforcement under all environmental statutes and cleanup at federal facilities.

Programs and projects managed by the Federal Facilities Enforcement Office

FFEO Organization

Acting Director - Vacant
Deputy Director - Vacant

The Federal Facilities Enforcement Office includes:

Site Remediation and Enforcement Staff

Sally Dalzell, Acting Director

Planning, Prevention, and Compliance Staff

Marie Muller, Acting Director

Office of Site Remediation Enforcement (OSRE)

What We Do

EPA's cleanup enforcement program protects human health and the environment by getting those responsible for a hazardous waste site to either clean up or reimburse EPA for its cleanup. EPA uses a number of cleanup authorities independently and in combination to address specific cleanup situations. The Office of Site Remediation Enforcement manages the enforcement of EPA's national hazardous waste cleanup programs:
  • Superfund (officially known as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act),
  • corrective action under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA),
  • the Oil Pollution Act (OPA), and
  • underground storage tanks (UST).

Programs and projects managed by the Office of Site Remediation Enforcement

OSRE Organization

Cyndy Mackey, Director
Rafael DeLeon, Deputy Director

The Office of Site Remediation Enforcement includes:

Policy and Program Evaluation Division

Monica Gardner, Director

Regional Support Division

Kenneth Patterson, Director

Program Operation Staff

Shereta Pointer, Acting Director