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GCN: EPA Develops Application Programming Interface to Address Data Collection Issues

DataGraphicRobin Thottungal, chief data scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency, said EPA has built an application programming interface in efforts to address issues in the data submitted by regulated facilities, GCN reported Friday.

The issues begins with disjoint between information from regulated facilities and the format and type of data required.

Amanda Ziadeh writes EPA experiences issues with the regulatory compliance data submitted by facilities due to a disconnect between policymakers’ requirements and the types and formats of data available.

“Because of the way in which we have been operating in siloes, [data aggregation is] a big challenge for us,” Thottungal said at FedScoop’s Data Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C.

Thottungal added the information EPA receives is also affected by the transition of data from all 50 states, local and tribal entities which have their own databases and collection methods.

Thottungal further said EPA created the API to help maintain data flow as it travels from partners and facilities and regardless of the system being used, Ziadeh quoted.

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