The public became aware that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was grappling with its library network on Jun 30, 2003, when the agency issued a request for quote to analyze the business processes employed and to design new metrics for the 28 libraries comprising the network. Internally, it had been apparent that, while demand remained high, funding for library services had been decreasing and was likely to continue in this downward direction. In February 2006, President Bush presented his FY 2007 budget, in which $2 million of a total EPA library budget of $2.5 million was cut. These cuts, for scientific programs and libraries, affected EPA staff, scientists, and the public, not only in terms of access to information but to public health itself. Sustainability beyond FY 2008 remains a concern, and questions remain about progress on materials sent to Cincinnati for digitization.