The following presentation on the new Quality Systems Manual is the result of over two years of effort by a group of highly dedicated individuals from both the Department of Defense and Department of Energy. They worked as a consensus group dedicated to improving the quality of laboratory data reported to State and Federal agencies such as EPA. Your presenter today is Mr. Fred McLean, a Department of Navy chemist who is the Chairman of the group responsible for the creation of this document. He has 30 years of laboratory and environmental project experience.