Certified Unified Program Agency Performance Evaluations

CUPA Performance Evaluation

California Health and Safety Code Section 25404.4 requires the Secretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency to periodically review the ability of each Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) to assess whether the CUPA is continually meeting the intent of the law: coordination, consolidation, and consistency by implementation and enforcement of all Unified Program elements.  There are approximately 30 performance evaluations completed each fiscal year.

The CUPA performance evaluation process is defined in Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations, Article 8, Section 15330 and documented in the Evaluation Manual.  Each CUPA performance evaluation is conducted by an evaluation team comprised of representative staff from each state agency with Unified Program responsibilities (CalEPA, CalOES, OSFM, DTSC, and State Water Board). The evaluation team uses a spectrum of performance measures and criteria and data entered in the California Electronic Reporting System (CERS) to conduct the assessment.  The evaluation may include a site visit to the CUPA office to examine local program procedures, program documentation and observations of inspectors in the field.  Final performance evaluation results include a list of identified deficiencies, associated corrective actions and time frames, observations and notes of outstanding efforts.  Examples of identified deficiencies are included in the Deficiency Library.  The CUPA and state agency representatives all agree upon the aspects of the final performance evaluation.

CUPA performance evaluation findings are classified as: Meets or Exceeds Standards, Satisfactory with Improvement Needed, or Unsatisfactory with Improvement Needed.  If a CUPA is not currently achieving success in meeting the Unified Program requirements prescribed in the statute and regulations, the concluded performance evaluation will offer guidance and assistance for program improvement.

Performance Evaluation Documents

Performance Evaluation Documents for CUPAs can be viewed at: http://cersapps.calepa.ca.gov/Public/Directory/CUPAEvaluationDocuments.

Performance Evaluation Survey

CalEPA is committed to continuous improvement of the CUPA performance evaluation process and has developed a survey (PDF Format or Word Format) for CUPAs to complete and provide feedback on the recent performance evaluation experiences.

Performance Evaluation Checklists

The following performance evaluation checklists may be used as guidance documents for a CUPA to prepare for a performance evaluation or to conduct a self-audit for implementation of the Unified Program. These checklists are used by the evaluation team to aid in conducting a consistent assessment by ensuring that the same types and levels of documentation are examined at each CUPA, and by 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 (Cal 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 CUPA 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 performance evaluations of CUPAs. There are currently two variations of the Compendium.  Each version of the compendium is numbered identically, and includes italicized language that seeks to provide guidance for the user in finding like or similar standards or requirements.

  • 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.