REVIEWER: Erin Conley, program analyst for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Emergency and Remedial Response.
BACKGROUND: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a daily requirement to balance the perception of its many Superfund projects with the reality of each project's progress. The EPA is divided into 10 regions, each with its own set of Superfund cleanup sites. One of the office's major responsibilities is to take the data generated by Superfund sites nationally and make it useful for regional as well as EPA headquarter managers. In addition to the standard charts, the Office of Emergency and Remedial Response (OERR) is also responsible for generating fact sheets and charts to be used in support of congressional hearings. As these hearings can happen at a moment's notice, the staff must often drop everything to create a new set of materials. Creating ad hoc reports would formerly cause a major disruption to the office's daily activities. Prior to the EPA's test and subsequent implementation of PopChart, it took OERR staff an entire workday to manually create the standard top-level charts, in addition to the creation of more specific charts that are often required as support material. To solve its data management issues, the EPA initiated an evaluation and a subsequent implementation of PopChart, a dynamic, Web-based charting and graphing solution from Corda Technologies.
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