EPA submitted the Agency's 2003 Strategic Plan to Congress and OMB September 30, 2003, as required under the Government Performance and Results Act. EPA's 2003 Strategic Plan serves as the Agency's road map for the next 5 years. Our Strategic Plan lays out EPA's five long-term goals and will guide us in establishing the annual goals we will need to meet along the way. It will help us to measure how far we have come towards achieving our goals and to recognize where we need to adjust our approaches or directions to achieve better results. Finally, it will provide a basis from which EPA's managers can focus on the highest priority environmental issues and ensure that we use taxpayer dollars effectively.
Our Strategic Plan is built around five goals, centered on the themes of air and global climate change, water, land, communities and ecosystems, and compliance and environmental stewardship. These themes reflect EPA's mission, "to protect human health and the environment." In addition, the Plan discusses strategies the Agency is applying across all five goals, in areas such as science, human capital, innovation, information, homeland security, partnerships, and economic and policy analysis.