How Does FRS Contribute to Quality Information?
The FRS responds to the increasing demand for access to high quality information and the public need for one source of comprehensive environmental information about a given location. FRS achieves that integration.
Use of FRS:
- Reduces the long-term reporting burden for facilities, states, and programs
- Improves data quality by helping to reduce errors in state and EPA facility information
- Provides better tools for cross-media environmental analysis
- Provides better public access to EPA’s environmental information
- Improves understanding of the place/site represented by the facility record
- Gives facilities the flexibility to review and update their identification information
The facility records are based on information from EPA's national program systems and State master facility records, enhanced by other Web information sources.
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FRS creates high-quality, accurate, and authoritative facility identification records through rigorous verification and management procedures that incorporate information from program national systems, state master facility records, Tribal facility records and data management personnel.
EPA’s Office of Information Collection (OIC) in the Office of Environmental Information (OEI) is responsible for implementation and management of the FRS. Important partners include EPA media programs, EPA regional data stewards and data system coordinators, state data managers, public interest groups, and regulated facilities.
Stewardship facilitates communication and provides a central contact for facility information. Stewards review the quality of the data under their responsibility to ensure the quality is maintained or upgraded as necessary, and they make or delete environmental linkages between records from the program systems based on their knowledge of the places in the regions, states and tribes.
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