Efficiency and transformation will be the mantra EPA staff hear as they gather with the political leadership for a two-day conference on the agency’s future.

“I want EPA to be known and respected as the most capable and highest-achieving agency in the federal government,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt wrote in a Jan. 22 email to staff previewing the Jan. 29-30 National Executive Leadership Development Conference. “To achieve that goal, we need to streamline our processes and become more efficient.”

Much of the meeting will focus on the EPA’s “Lean Management System,” according to a...