Federal inspections are defined as those conducted by EPA employees, EPA contractors, or EPA Senior Environmental Employees (SEE). The term “federal” does not include inspections conducted by states or tribes either under a grant, or where the state or tribe is using federal credentials.
Only federal inspections, should be entered into the OECA certification workbooks. These do include SEE inspections. State inspections should not be reported in the workbooks, but should be entered in to the appropriate database of record.
Federal inspections are defined in the memo "Entering Manually Reported Federal Inspections into ICIS in FY2006", signed by Phyllis Harris, Deputy Assistant Administrator, OECA, on October 11, 2005. This memo was distributed to all Deputy Regional Administrators. A copy of the memo is attached here.