According to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, EP A has failed to address inefficiencies in its nationwide system of science laboratories, despite having access to several independent reports detailing weaknesses. At the request of U.S. Representative Brad Miller (D‑N .C.), GAO examined EP A’s efforts to address previously discovered weaknesses in lab management.
The report claims that EP A has failed to use a comprehensive planning process for managing its laboratories’ workforce and lacks information on its laboratory workload, including demographic data on the number of federal and contract employees currently working in its 37 laboratories.
The report’s recommendations for reducing inefficiencies include (i) consolidating some of the 37 laboratories, (ii) appointing a top-level official with authority over all the laboratories, (iii) developing a coordinated planning process for its scientific activities, (iv) improving physical and