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Intergovernmental Data Quality Task Force: Scope, Elements, Basis, Benefits, Implementation

See also Quality Assurance.

Scope
Management Systems for:

  • Environmental data collection and use
  • Implementation of environmental technology programs
  • Coordination between EPA, DoD, and DOE for data quality standards

Elements
Essential Elements:

  • Management and Organization
  • Quality System Description
  • Personnel Qualification and Training
  • Procurement of Items, Services and Activities
  • Documents and Records
  • Computer Hardware and Software
  • Planning and Implementation
  • Management of the Process
  • Assessment and Response
  • Quality Improvement

Basis
National Standard:

  • Specification and Guidelines for Environmental Data Collection and Environmental Technology Programs (ANSI/ASQC E4 - 1994)

Benefits
Benefits of the Uniform federal Policy

  • Improve effectiveness of Federal environmental programs, with focus on results, quality of data and customer satisfaction
  • Clarification of roles and responsibilities in managing and overseeing environmental data and technology programs
  • Sufficient confidence in the systems such that duplication of oversight efforts is minimized
  • Enhanced accountability and confidence in environmental decisions

Implementation
Steps for Implementing UFP:

  • Classroom and Web-based training
  • Implementation guided by each agency