The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment. EPA’s purpose is to ensure that: — all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work; — national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information; — federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively; — environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy; — all parts of society — communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local and tribal governments — have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks; — environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive; and — the United States plays a leadership role in working with other nations to protect the global environment. http://www2.epa.gov/innovation/prize-competitions
HHS Competes was established after the signing of the America COMPETES Act, to invest in innovation through research and development, and to improve the competitiveness of the United States. HHS Competes is a way for HHS employees to draw on external talent and ideas to solve critical problems. HHS has sponsored over 100 challenges and awarded 4 million dollars in prizes, leading to the development of many novel solutions to address complex problems.
The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear – keeping America safe. Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear: a safer, more secure America, which is resilient against terrorism and other potential threats. The vision of homeland security is to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards. Three key concepts form the foundation of our national homeland security strategy designed to achieve this vision: Security, Resilience, and Customs and Exchange. In turn, these key concepts drive broad areas of activity that the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) process defines as homeland security missions. These missions are enterprise-wide, and not limited to the Department of Homeland Security. These missions and their associated goals and objectives tell us in detail what it means to prevent, to protect, to respond, and to recover, as well as to build in security, to ensure resilience, and to facilitate customs and exchange.