In addition, EPA should initiate a budget and strategic planning process that will ensure that resources are devoted to the most critical, high-risk environmental problems. EPA should ensure that the goals it is developing are based on sound science, real risks, benefits and costs, and are supported by the public.30
It is worth noting that NAPA's recommendations included legislative as well as administrative changes, and the subcommittee welcomed both.
In the competition for attention of decision makers in legislative bodies and executive agencies, more so than most special interest groups, the better government groups have at least two of three very valuable assets: dedicated and talented members, large constituencies, and great appeal for the news media. In the long run, these may provide a significant counterweight to those interest groups that have vast economic power and the will to use it to influence government decision makers in ways that benefit the special interests, but may be adverse to the public interest.
Citizen participation in holding government bureaucracies accountable is most effective when administrators recognize that such initiative is firmly grounded in two core values of constitutional democracy--political equality and liberty--and when that recognition leads to creation of an environment that encourages citizen involvement with the work of the agency. Fulfillment of these conditions can lead to more realistic expectations on the part of citizens, better responsiveness of administrators to the needs of citizens and, ultimately, greater confidence in the administrative institutions of government.
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Publication information: Book title: Holding Government Bureaucracies Accountable. Edition: 3rd. Contributors: Bernard Rosen - Author. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 115.
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