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Establishing EPA's Indian Country Program Assessment Framework: Assessment and Planning Design (In Progress)



The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) operates as an autonomous executive agency within the federal government, with its primary mission centered on safeguarding the environment. The EPA actively engages in environmental evaluation, research, and education tasks. One of its core functions is the preservation and enforcement of national environmental standards as stipulated by various environmental laws. In fulfilling this mission, the EPA collaborates closely with state, tribal, and local governments to protect human health and the environment.


The EPA, Office of International and Tribal Affairs (OITA), and the American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO) contracted with the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) to develop an Indian Country Program Implementation Assessment Plan, allowing the EPA to conduct efficient reviews of its direct implementation program.

The Academy will:

  • Develop a plan that includes developing environmental data on tribes.
  • Bolster stakeholder and community engagement.
  • Identify obligations established in statutes and regulations.
  • Identify information needed to assess compliance.
  • Develop a communication plan and training to help EPA effect change.
  • Introduce useful analysis tools, techniques, and guidance to improve EPA methodology

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Project Overview


“Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Title 5, Appendix 2, § 15, NAPA is required to provide public notice of the names and brief biographies of appointed study panel members and provide a reasonable opportunity for the public to comment on such appointments. Any concerns about the prospective (Panel or Expert Advisory Group) members should be directed to Joe Mitchell, Director of Strategic Initiatives (

View the language of the Act.”

Study Fellows