1. Directs the conception and planning for the national hazardous and solid waste management program assigned to the Agency under the Solid Waste Disposal Act of 1965 as amended by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976. Responsibilities include: providing program policy direction to and evaluation of such activities throughout the Agency; establishing hazardous and solid waste research requirements for the EPA; determining the scope of functions; developing intermediate and long-range objectives and goals; recommending broad program staffing requirements and financial resources allocations; formulating strategies to support resource requests from OMB and the Congress; and ascertaining the activities to be carried out by the Headquarters organizations and Regional offices.
2. Through subordinate supervisors, provides for the complicated and diverse administration of the development, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of the national program which includes such activities as: (a) construction, demonstration, and application of waste management and resources recovery systems for the preservation of air, water, and land resources; (b) technical and financial assistance to agencies in planning and developing resource recovery and waste disposal programs; (c) national research and development programs to develop test methods of dealing with collection, separation, recovery, recycling, and safe disposal of non-recoverable waste; (d) guidelines for the collection, transportation, separation, and recovery and disposal of solid waste; and (e) training grants in occupations involving design, operation, and maintenance of solid waste disposal systems.
3. Discusses the objectives of the Hazardous and Solid Waste Program with EPA officials and other interested federal and non-federal governmental officials as well as representatives of private industry, agricultural groups and the general public. Studies the general objectives that are required by legislation, the problems that may arise, the background and purpose of the program, and the existing policies and laws pertaining to the program. Evaluates the situation by considering all of the factors which may influence the program and collaborates with the staff of the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and other EPA, Federal, and non-Federal governmental offices in developing the plans and programs, both immediate and long-range, to be formulated and carried out by EPA Headquarters and its field offices in order to achieve the legal, regulatory, and policy objectives of the hazardous and solid waste program.
4. Establishes or directs and monitors the establishment of controls in reviewing the accomplishment of the Hazardous and Solid Waste Program. Evaluates existing policies and programs by reviewing reports, conducting field visits, performing periodic and special studies, studying complaints from interested persons and groups, studying evaluation reports prepared by other agencies and organizations, etc. Determines existence of developments and trends which appear to significantly influence the program and recognize the need for further studies. Based upon analysis of trends and problem areas, directs and/or recommends the development of new or modified methods, policies, standards, procedures and programs.
5. Establishes and maintains liaison and/or close working relationships with professional groups such as the National Center for Resource Recovery, National Association of Recycling Industries, Inc., and others active in solid waste management work in order to bring the Agency’s programs to their attention, to assemble and correlate information on the activities of these groups and coordinate this with the work of the Agency, and to enlist their cooperation. Works closely with top management representatives of the industrial sector and citizens groups.
6. Participates with this Assistant Administrator and his key staff members in formulating policy and developing and defining this broad programmatic direction for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, with particular emphasis on solid waste, hazardous wastes, and resource recovery and their relationship and interrelationship with the other program areas within the Office.
7. Serves or provides for program representation on Agency, interagency, and technical society committees of national and international importance.
8. Directs the activities of the employees of the Office through subordinate supervisors. Plans for staff development including assessment of training needs and performs supervisory duties including the periodic assessment of work assignments of the immediate staff to determine the most effective use of available manpower.
9. Plays a key role in proposing and formulating the hazardous and solid waste management legislative program for the agency.
10. Directs the personnel management and equal opportunity programs of hazardous and solid waste through subordinate supervisors. Manages the selection, training, motivation, discipline and evaluation of Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery employees.
11. Exercises oversight of contracts management and evaluates employee performance relative to contracts management responsibilities. Responsible, through subordinates, for contractor performance and cost status to ensure that EPA receives the products or services purchased by the government. Incumbent devotes not more than 20% of his/her time to miscellaneous contracts management.