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Programs of the Office of the Science Advisor (OSA)

Basic Information about the Science and Technology Policy Council

The success of EPA's mission depends on a strong and credible foundation of science and technology, and because of this, the Agency constantly strives to advance science, and technological innovation.

The Office of the Science Advisor contributes to the Agency's mission through the development of  solutions to science and technology policy issues, and in doing so, plays a unique role of coordinating cross-agency intragency consensus building. 


The Science and Technology Policy Council (STPC) serves as the mechanism for addressing the significant science and technology policy issues that go beyond regional and program boundaries. The STPC  promotes guidance and policy that facilitates sound science use across the Agency.

The STPC works to implement and ensure the success of selected initiatives recommended by its members and external advisory bodies such as the National Research Council and the Science Advisory Board, as well as others such as Congress, industry and environmental groups.

The Science Advisor chairs the STPC. View foundational information on the Council and learn more about recent advances in science and technology: