An inspector general report has cited numerous shortcomings in consolidations at three EPA laboratories, saying the initiative—which has roots beginning in 2007 and formally took shape in 2012—still lacks a master plan at one site and that documentation of key decisions was lacking at all three.
The IG also said that the agency does not have specific procedures and requirements for planning and tracking consolidations. Work was behind schedule by one year at one site and by two years at another, and the agency already has experienced $8.5 million in cost overruns in planned closing costs at those two, it added.
Without improvements, the report said, the agency is at risk of not achieving the planned savings of more than $400 million over 30 years in real estate leasing and other costs from merging some facilities and downgrading others.
The IG said that management has agreed to carry out recommendations for developing master plans and programs of requirements, tracking and updating cost and schedule estimates, and maintaining decisional documentation.