E-Enterprise for the Environment is a model for collaborative leadership among environmental co-regulators. Through a shared governance model, environmental leaders at US EPA, States, and Tribes are using E-Enterprise to deliver better results, often with lower costs and less burden, for the benefit of the public, the regulated community, and government agencies. E-Enterprise helps foster greater trust among these groups by improving data integrity and communication.
Watch our intro video to learn more about E-Enterprise for the Environment and our work to modernize the business of environmental protection.
States, tribes and EPA share similar goals for the environment. Authority to implement environmental protection is also shared, making collaboration among the partners essential to ensuring that they can simultaneously address the following common goals and desires:
Ben Grumbles, ECOS Executive Director and Former EELC State Co-Chair, discusses the value of E-Enterprise
E-Enterprise is managed through shared governance and collective conversation, negotiation, and direction-setting through which the states, tribes, and U.S. EPA work and decide together. This shared governance model is driving transformative reforms across the national enterprise of environmental protection. The E-Enterprise governance structure is comprised of several governing bodies. The E-Enterprise Leadership Council (EELC) provides high-level leadership and oversight, while day-to-day management is conducted by the Management Board (MB) and Interoperability and Operations Team (IOT).
EELC responsibilities include identifying, soliciting, reviewing, and prioritizing E-Enterprise projects, identifying new and existing State and U.S. EPA resource investments needed to support these projects, and ensuring alignment of projects and program activities with E-Enterprise principles.
The EELC is composed of ten U.S. EPA Senior Executives (i.e., Deputy Administrator, Assistant and Regional Administrators or their Deputies), ten State Secretaries / Commissioners (or other high-level state officials), and ten Tribal members (elected officers or their designated employees). The Tribal Co-Chair and Tribal EELC members are selected through the Regional Tribal Operations Committees (RTOCS) or equivalents in each EPA region.
North Carolina DEQ
South Carolina DHEC
State Vacancies (2)
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians – Region 4 Regional Tribal Operations Committee (RTOC)
of Indians – Region 1 RTOC
Shinnecock Indian Nation – Region 2 Indian Nations
Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe – Region 3 RTOC
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe – Region 5 RTOC
Comanche Nation – Region 6 RTOC
Omaha Tribe of Nebraska – Region 7 RTOC
Blackfeet Tribe – Region 8 RTOC
La Posta Band of Mission Indians – Region 9 RTOC
Nez Perce Tribe – Region 10 RTOC
U.S. EPA Deputy Administrator
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Office of Water
Office of International and Tribal Affairs
Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
Office of Mission Support
Office of Air and Radiation
Office of Land and Emergency Management
The E-Enterprise Executive Committee (EEEC) develops agendas for the EELC meetings and calls, and ensures regular and direct interaction between the strategic and tactical aspects of the initiative. This group is currently convening as the EELC Tri-Chairs only*.
U.S. EPA, Office of the Administrator
U.S. EPA, Office of Environmental Information
U.S. EPA – Region 7
Along with the Interoperability and Operations Team (IOT), the E-Enterprise Management Board provides direct oversight and management of E-Enterprise projects and functions. Specific duties of the Management Board include implementing policy decision made by the EELC, identifying issues and agenda items for the Executive Committee and EELC, and identifying E-Enterprise project recommendations and priorities, including managing staff resources to efficiently and effectively support project teams.
Andrew Battin, U.S. EPA Co-Chair
Vacant, State Co-Chair
Vacant, Tribal Co-Chair
State of Iowa
Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Linda D. Rosas-Bill
Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake
U.S. EPA – Region 5
Along with the Management Board, the Interoperability and Operations Team provides direct oversight and management of E-Enterprise projects and functions. The IOT’s specific focus is to support and guide design, interoperability, and operation of all technical aspects of E-Enterprise and Exchange Network. This includes shared services, standards, architecture, and infrastructure.
Karen Maher, EPA Co-Chair
Vacant, State Co-Chair
New Jersey DEP
The Regional E-Enterprise Coordinators work closely with states, tribes and U.S. EPA regional and program offices to promote awareness of E-Enterprise and spotlight best practices, encourage workload trade-offs and process improvement opportunities, and advance state and tribal priorities identified through E-Enterprise that are shared in common with the EPA.
Barry Kaye (Co-Lead)
U.S. EPA Headquarters / Office of E-Enterprise