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About the Office of Research and Development (ORD)

What We Do

Science at EPA provides the foundation for credible decision-making to safeguard human health and ecosystems from environmental pollutants. The Office of Research and Development (ORD) is the scientific research arm of EPA, whose leading-edge research helps provide the solid underpinning of science and technology for the Agency.

ORD supports six research programs that identify the most pressing environmental health research needs with input from EPA offices, partners and stakeholders. Our Strategic Research Action Plans outline the research underway in the programs. The research is conducted by ORD’s three national laboratories, four national centers, and two offices located in 13 facilities across the country.

ORD is in the process of reorganizing in order to achieve scientific leadership; better integrate scientific approaches to problems; support mission- and customer-focused solutions to environmental challenges; and create communities of practice within the organization.

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ORD Organization

Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science for Office of Research and Development, EPA Science Advisor 

David Dunlap, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Research & Development

Chris Robbins, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Management

  • DC Phone: 202-564-6141/ Mail code 8101R
  • RTP Phone: 919-541-0605/ Mail code: B305-01
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John Steenbock, Acting Associate Assistant Administrator 

  • Cincinnati Phone: 513-569-7348/ Mail code WB11 
  • DC Phone: 202-564-2857 / Mail code 8101R
  • RTP Phone: 919-541-2585/ Mail code AA116-02
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Bruce Rodan,  Associate Director for Science

ORD Research Programs

ORD Laboratories, Centers and Offices

ORD Geographic Locations

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