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About the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations (OCIR)

About the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations

The Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations (OCIR) serves as EPA's principal point of contact with Congress, states and local governments. The Office serves as the liaison with these constituencies on the Agency's major programs as well as on intergovernmental issues.

The Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations is comprised of two major offices: The Office of Congressional Affairs, which facilitates all legislative activity and interfaces with congress at EPA; and the Office of Intergovernmental Relations, which facilitates interactions with states and local governments.  A component of OCIR, the Information Management Divison, manages the resources of the Office. 

Some of the functions of OCIR include:

  • Assist, develop and implement the legislative agenda for the Agency, including legislative initiatives and proposals.
  • Lead EPA in the review of legislation; coordinate EPA's formal positions and technical assistance to Congress; and monitor all relevant legislative actions (e.g., bills, reports, regulations) related to EPA Programs.
  • Facilitate communication of the Agency's priorities and policies to the Congress.
  • Coordinate Agency appearances at Congressional hearings and manage associated testimony.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the National Environmental Performance Partnership System between EPA and the states
  • Manage and monitor environmental issues with both national associations and individual state and local governments
  • Manage the Agency’s congressional and gubernatorial correspondence process
  • Notify Congress of the Agency's grant awards.

Programs and projects managed by OCIR:

Mail code: 1301A | EPA mailing addresses
Location: EPA Headquarters at Washington, D.C. Federal Triangle campus

OCIR Organization

Laura Vaught, Associate Administrator

Joyce Frank, Principal Deputy Associate Administrator

The Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations includes:

  • Office of Congressional Affairs
    Nichole Distefano, Deputy Associate Administrator
  • Office of Intergovernmental Relations
    Mark Rupp, Deputy Associate Administrator
  • Information and Management Division
    Aretha Brockett, Acting Director

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