Strong Management Plays an Important Role in Helping EPA to Address Complex Environmental Challenges

As a supervisor here at EPA, I deal with a variety of issues involving the management of human resources, contracts, grants, and facilities nationwide. These experiences give me the opportunity to see the important role that sound administrative practices have in helping to support EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment.

There is no question in my mind that EPA’s ability to achieve a cleaner, safer and healthier environment is dependent upon a top-notch, diverse and committed workforce. We are dedicated to hiring the best people and keeping them here, with supportive management, a high-quality work life program, good office and laboratory facilities, and access to cutting-edge technology. All of this is made possible by EPA’s outstanding stewardship of our financial and physical resources.

EPA’s Draft FY2011-2015 Strategic Plan addresses these priorities as one of our Cross-Cutting Fundamental Strategies: Strategy 5, Strengthening EPA’s Workforce and Capabilities. Strategy 5 lays the foundation for EPA to be a strong and innovative agency helping us to focus on the value of skilled, knowledgeable, and diverse employees. By following this strategy, we are working to be efficient and responsible in our fiscal stewardship and to provide an information infrastructure that is innovative, reliable and secure. Every day I take pride in our aggressive environmental management goals and systems to reduce the environmental footprint of our own facilities and operations. It is clear to me that we are truly following through with our commitment to be accountable and transparent in all we do. I hope you will share your ideas about how we can strengthen EPA’s workforce and capabilities through our discussion of the Cross-Cutting Fundamental Strategies.

I find EPA to be a personally fulfilling and special place to work because of our great mission. I think most of my colleagues would agree that EPA is a place where you can make a difference through hard work and dedication.

About the author: John Showman works in EPA’s Office of Administration and Resources Management (OARM). He is the Deputy Director for OARM’s Office of Policy and Resources Management. John was born and raised in Virginia. John keeps busy at home with his three dogs, and is a loyal fan of his alma mater, Virginia Tech.