Recent federal developments in chemical regulation, pesticides, occupational health and safety and related areas
On January 22, 2009, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report adding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) to a list of federal programs, policies, and operations that are at a “high risk” for waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement. The report claims that the EPA program was added to the list because IRIS is at risk of becoming obsolete because EPA has been unable to keep its assessments current or to complete assessment of chemicals of concern. According to GAO, EPA has completed just nine assessments in the past three years. The program is one of three areas added to the high-risk list, which is put out every two years by GAO. The other additions this year were the system governing U.S. financial institutions and markets, and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) oversight of medical products.