The CHF supports program management, response actions, remedial investigations/feasibility and other advanced studies, and cleanups at sites where a release of hazardous substances has occurred (as defined in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and for which the Department is the lead agency.
The EDL program is in response to requirements of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB). The Department is required by statute to annually determine and report its financial environmental liability. Department-wide environmental liability is the sum of all real and personal property environmental liability estimates prepared by DOI Bureaus. The statutory mandates for the determination of environmental liability began with the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 (CFO). The purpose of the CFO Act was to improve general and financial management practices in the federal government by requiring the development of an integrated financial management system, including financial reporting and internal controls.