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Roles and Responsibilities

Within the Department of the Navy (DON), many organizations, commands, activities, and personnel work together to execute and manage the DON Environmental Restoration Program (ERP). The figure below provides a summary of the DON components that play a role in the ERP.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) is the DON Systems Command and technical authority for facilities engineering and management, real estate, and construction. It is responsible for the acquisition, construction, operations and maintenance (O&M), and when no longer needed, disposal of the DON’s shore infrastructure. In addition, the Commandant of the Marine Corps (Facilities and Services Division) has delegated most of the responsibilities for planning, programming, and executing the DON ERP at Marine Corps installations to CNO N45 and NAVFAC.

NAVFAC Headquarters (HQ) manages and executes the DON ERP through Echelon III NAVFAC Atlantic and Pacific (FACs), Echelon IV Facilities Engineering Commands (FECs), BRAC Program Management Office (BRAC PMO), and the Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC) located throughout the United States.

A map with NAVFAC areas of responsibility, along with additional information, can be found can be found on the NAVFAC website.


Remedial Project Managers (RPMs) manage ER projects under authorities granted by the President of the United States through Executive Orders (EOs). The primary governmental entities that may be involved in the cleanup of past contamination on any DON installation are DON (represented at the project level by the RPM), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the respective state. DON is responsible for the execution of its DON ERP with guidance from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).

RPMs work out of the FECs or BRAC PMO and are responsible for the management of the DON ERP at the installation and/or site level. The RPM coordinates the work of DON technical support agencies and contractors to meet DON ERP goals while following all applicable policies. The RPM is the lead DON individual responsible for all aspects of site management including communications, planning, budgeting, scheduling, and controlling the study, design, remediation, and long-term management (LTMgt). 

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