Technical Assistance Services for Communities (TASC) Program
The national Technical Assistance Services for Communities (TASC) program provides independent assistance through an EPA contract to help communities better understand the science, regulations and policies of environmental issues and EPA actions. Under the TASC contract, a contractor provides scientists, engineers and other professionals to review and explain information to communities. The services are determined on a project-specific basis and provided at no cost to communities. This assistance supports community efforts to get more involved and work productively with EPA to address environmental issues.
TASC services can include information assistance and expertise, community education, information assistance needs evaluation and plan development, and assistance to help community members work together to participate effectively in environmental decision-making.
The TASC program benefits communities by explaining technical findings and answering community questions, helping them understand complex environmental issues, and supporting their active roles in protecting healthy communities and advancing environmental protection. The TASC program can also provide opportunities for environmental education, bring diverse groups together and help them get more involved, and offer training and support environmental employment opportunities through the Superfund Job Training Initiative.
"I would want other communities interested in technical assistance to know that they should not be discouraged by a lack of knowledge or information in pursuing their goals. TASC has the expertise and skills needed to guide communities in the direction of their choice."
The materials below provide additional information on TASC services:
- Is TASC a grant?
- How do communities contact the TASC program and request TASC services?
- How will my community know which TASC services to request?
- In which parts of the country are TASC services offered?
- How much will TASC assistance cost?
- Our community would like to request technical assistance from EPA for a brownfields site rather than a Superfund site. Can the TASC program help us?
- Our community has heard about other technical assistance resources, such as TAGs and TAPs. What are they, and how are they different from TASC?
- Can TASC services be provided to a community that has a TAG or TAP?
- Who are the technical advisors and experts that provide TASC technical assistance?
- How is a TASC community technical advisor selected?
- What happens if a community has questions or concerns regarding the technical assistance services provided by the TASC program?
- Are there activities that are not permitted as part of TASC technical assistance services?
- How can my community learn more about the Superfund Job Training Initiative (SuperJTI)?
- How does my community arrange for TASC support?
- Does my community have any financial support or administrative responsibilities for managing a TASC project?
No. TASC services are not a grant. There are no funds awarded to the recipients of the assistance services. TASC provides services only. These services are delivered under a contract which is funded, administered and managed by EPA.
Please visit the Contact Us tab, locate your state and EPA Region, and contact the appropriate EPA Regional TASC Coordinator. After initial contact, communities submit a request (via email or letter) for TASC services. EPA evaluates all requests for TASC services.
TASC Technical Assistance Specialists work with communities to evaluate their educational and technical assistance needs and identify the services that will best address those needs. If your community already has specific technical assistance services in mind, please share that information with your EPA Regional TASC Coordinator.
TASC is a national EPA program. Services are provided across EPA’s 10 Regions, which include all 50 states, tribal nations, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.
TASC services are provided at no cost to communities. However, TASC resources are limited, and EPA must consider each community request alongside requests from other communities across the country.
No. EPA’s Technical Assistance Services for Brownfields (TAB) Communities Program helps guide communities through the cleanup and redevelopment process at brownfields.
- Technical Assistance Services for Brownfields (TAB) Communities Program (PDF)(4 pp, 373 K, About PDF)
The TASC program is similar to TAGs and TAPs in providing opportunities for communities to receive independent technical assistance.
TAGs (Technical Assistance Grants) are EPA-funded grants available to qualified community groups. Community groups are awarded funds to be used to contract with independent technical advisors to help community members understand technical information related to Superfund cleanups.
TAPs (Technical Assistance Plans) are potentially responsible party (PRP)-funded arrangements that EPA sometimes negotiates in settlements. TAPs give community groups an opportunity to receive the services of an independent technical advisor. TAP services are funded by PRPs under EPA oversight.
TASC provides a much wider range of assistance than TAGs or TAPs. TAGs and TAPs are limited to specific types of sites. TAGs are only available at Superfund sites and TAPs are only available at sites where the settlement arrangement includes a TAP provision. TASC services may be used for many types of sites and environmental issues across all EPA media programs. In addition, the range of assistance allowable under TASC is broader than it is for TAGs or TAPs. For example, only TASC can provide community trainings, which is not allowable under a TAG.
Maybe. EPA may provide TASC services to a community group that is a TAG or TAP recipient. However, TASC services only provide assistance that is not available or allowable under the TAG or TAP. Additionally, EPA will likely prioritize TASC resources for communities not eligible for a TAG or without potential access to a TAP.
The technical advisors and experts available through TASC are environmental engineers, scientists, public health specialists and community outreach professionals from private companies and universities.
It is the responsibility of the TASC contractor to select an appropriate advisor. When choosing individuals to provide technical assistance, the TASC contractor consults with both EPA staff and community representatives to understand needs, concerns and requested areas of technical expertise. The TASC contractor then chooses from a pool of staff that includes in-house employees, a staff of subcontractors and individuals registered in the TASC contractor’s technical expertise database. In cases where appropriate expertise cannot be identified from these sources, the TASC contractor will conduct a search that includes universities, federal agencies and other consulting firms to identify the best possible providers.
Communities receiving TASC technical assistance services can contact EPA’s Regional TASC Coordinator and the project’s Technical Assistance Specialist to discuss project-related questions or concerns at any time. The TASC program’s top priority is to provide responsive, high-quality technical assistance services that meet each community’s needs. EPA will work with communities to rapidly and comprehensively address questions or concerns and ensure that program services are provided consistently and continuously.
Yes. TASC resources cannot be used for:
- Administrative project tasks such as the creation and distribution of meeting minutes, website updates or advertising for community meetings. TASC resources also cannot be used for document printing or copying.
- Activities that advocate for a particular constituency, position or outcome. The TASC program is focused on providing high-quality, independent and unbiased technical assistance services to communities.
- Funding and maintaining websites.
- Providing food, beverages and/or meals for meetings and events.
- Funding travel for community members to participate in events such as meetings, training courses and presentations.
- Providing speaker honorariums or gifts.
- Providing donations to organizations involved in TASC-related activities.
- Providing legal services.
- Providing support related to political activities and lobbying.
- Generating and/or collecting new environmental or health primary data, such as well drilling and testing, split sampling, health studies, surveillance, registries and/or public health interventions.
Please visit the SuperJTI program's website.
The community must make a request to the Regional TASC Coordinator or the EPA Superfund site team. EPA evaluates the community's request based on need and available resources. If EPA can support the project under the TASC program, technical assistance services can begin for the community soon after.
No. Unlike Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs), the community does not have to provide financial support or assume administrative responsibilities under TASC.
TASC in Communities
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"TASC did an outstanding job working productively with a diverse group of stakeholders. TASC staff were responsive to their concerns and produced all deliverables in a professional and timely manner."
Since 2008, TASC has supported 165 projects in:
- 10 EPA Regions.
- 46 States and Territories.
These projects include:
- 17 projects supporting tribal communities.
- 52 projects supporting communities through the Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ).
- 7 projects supporting communities with concerns related to permitted facilities through the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) program.
- 92 projects supporting Superfund communities.
Last Update: March 2016
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- Asthma Summit (Region 5 Communities)
- Community Revitalization Forum (Newport News, VA)
- Gulf of Mexico Environmental Justice Communites (Gulfport, MS)
- Multi-State Summit (Region 6 Communities)
If your community is interested in TASC services, please locate your state and EPA Region on the map below and contact the appropriate EPA Regional TASC Coordinator.
EPA Region 1
(ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT)
EPA Region 2
(NY, NJ, PR, VI)
EPA Region 3
(PA, DE, DC, MD, VA, WV)
EPA Region 4
(KY, TN, NC, SC, MS, AL, GA, FL)
EPA Region 5
(IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)
EPA Region 6
(NM, TX, OK, AR, LA)
EPA Region 7
(NE, KS, IA, MO)
EPA Region 8
(MT, ND, WY, SD, UT, CO)
EPA Region 9
(CA, NV, AZ, HI, and Pacific Territories)
EPA Region 10
(WA, OR, ID, AK)
TASC National Program Manager
TASC National Program Manager
Superfund Job Training Initiative (SuperJTI) Program Manager, EPA Regions 1-5
Superfund Job Training Initiative (SuperJTI) Program Manager, EPA Regions 6-10
Environmental Justice (EJ) TASC Manager