Unified Program Agency Evaluations

The California Health and Safety Code Section 25404.4 requires that the Secretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency periodically review the ability of each CUPA to carry out the requirements of the chapter. The required process is defined in Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations, Article 8, Section 15330. The goal is to assess whether the CUPA is effectively implementing all of the Unified Program elements, and is continually improving to meet the intent of the law: coordination, consolidation, and consistency of all Unified Program elements. During the evaluation if a CUPA is not currently achieving success meeting the requirements prescribed in the statute and regulations, the state offers guidance and assistance for improvement.

Each CUPA is assessed every fall by a team made up of senior staff from each state agency with Unified program responsibilities, CalEPA, OES, OSFM, DTSC, and SWRCB. The assessment uses a spectrum of performance measures and criteria and results in a schedule of evaluations for the next year. Evaluations are a more detailed look at a specific CUPA and can be Full, Partial, or Basic, depending on the results of the assessment. There are normally about 30 evaluations completed each fiscal year.

Evaluation procedures include a site visit to the CUPA to examine local program procedures, their documentation, and may include observations of the CUPAs inspectors in the field. Evaluations conclude with a state and CUPA staff meeting and a Summary of Findings, which include an agreed upon list of deficiencies, corrective measures, and correction time frames. CUPAs are evaluated as Meeting or Exceeding Standards, Satisfactory with Improvement Needed, or Unsatisfactory with Improvement Needed.

Evaluation Documents

View postings of the Unified Program Agency CUPA Evaluation Documents.

Evaluation Survey

CalEPA is committed to continuous improvement of the Evaluation process and has a survey form (PDF Format or Word Format) that may be used by CUPAs to provide feedback on their recent evaluation experiences.

Evaluation Checklists

The evaluation checklists may be used as a guidance document for CUPAs when preparing for a evaluation or when seeking to self-audit the Unified Program. They are used by the Evaluation Team members to aid in asking consistent questions, ensuring that the same types and levels of documentation are examined at each CUPA, and providing instant feedback to the agency being evaluated.

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California Environmental Protection Agency

Department of Toxic Substances Control

Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES)

State Water Resources Control Board

Office of the State Fire Marshal

Compendium of CUPA Performance Standards

In an effort to consolidate and make all of the requirements more accessible, a compendium of CUPA Performance Standards has been created. The compendium has been used as a tool to aid in finding a specific standard or citation, as a checklist in ensuring that an agency meets all applicable standards and as a reference for deficiencies noted during evaluations of CUPAs. There are currently two variations of the Compendium.

The first version of the Compendium is organized by program element (e.g. HMMP or UST), with subcategories for each performance standard (e.g. inspections, permitting).

The second version of the Compendium is organized by performance standard (e.g. inspections, permitting) regardless of program element. Both versions of the compendium are numbered identically, and include italicized language that seeks to provide guidance for the user in finding like or similar standards or requirements.


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