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About the Office of Science Policy (OSP)

What We Do

OSP is the lead organization for integrating, coordinating, and communicating scientific and technical information and advice across EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD), and between ORD and the agency's programs, regions, and external parties.

OSP integrates scientific knowledge across ORD and the agency by:

  • incorporating ORD science and technology into regulatory and non-regulatory actions taken by the agency 
  • merging tribal environmental needs into ORD research programs
  • including regional priority science needs in the ORD research planning process

OSP coordinates high visibility efforts with internal and external partners by:

  • bringing ORD and the program and regional offices together to address critical science issues
  • building partnerships between scientists in the regions and ORD
  • organizing ORD’s international activities
  • managing EPA’s Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources
  • facilitating Environmental-Justice-related efforts across ORD and the agency
  • managing EPA’s Tribal Science Council – a forum for interaction between tribal and agency representatives

OSP facilitates information flow by:

  • representing ORD to tribal, state, and local communities
  • sponsoring external and internal colloquia, workshops, and scientific meetings on topical science issues
  • communicating regional priority science needs to ORD

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Programs and projects managed by the Office of the Science Policy


Fred Hauchman, Director

  • Phone: (202) 564-3151

Mimi Dannel, Deputy Director

  • Phone: (202) 564-9944