The Office of Environmental Accountability and Transparency was created in 2019 in accordance with the objectives in Governor Ron DeSantis' Executive Order. The Office, which is led by the Chief Science Officer and is located in the Office of the Secretary, is charged with ensuring key water quality objectives are clearly communicated to the public, as well as, organizing agency resources and scientific expertise, data and research to focus on and solve complex challenges. The roles and responsibilities of the Office of Environmental Accountability and Transparency include:
Provide leadership for agency priority issues that require integration of science, policy, and management, from multiple programs and organizations internal and external to the Department of Environmental Protection.
Organize and manage external communication on priority issues.
Promote and facilitate key agency research initiatives to address priority environmental issues.
Explore data and identify opportunities for innovative approaches to addressing priority environmental issues.
About the Chief Science Officer
The Chief Science Officer position was established by Governor Ron DeSantis in his Executive Order. DEP is seeking qualified candidates to apply for Florida's Environmental Chief Science Officer. This executive level position will serve as an expert in environmental science, data and programs and lead the newly established Office of Environmental Accountability and Transparency.
The Chief Science Officer will guide funding and strategies to address priority environmental issues, as well as, but not limited to, making recommendations for increased enforcement of environmental laws necessary to improve water quality within key waterbodies. The Chief Science Officer will lead scientific-based communication efforts and facilitate work with other scientific leaders in identifying and prioritizing critical needs to meet the state's water quality objectives. Apply now.
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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.