of the Office of Science (formerly, the Division of Science, Research
and Technology) is to help ensure that the department’s decision-making
is based upon the best possible scientific and technical information.
The role of this office is to provide the department with, and access
to, expertise and information that supports its technical and policy needs.
In addition, the office will perform research to meet the information
and problem-solving needs, identify and understand emerging issues that
require the department’s attention and to advocate/integrate the
multi-disciplinary perspective into the department’s identification,
analysis and resolution of environmental issues.