U.S. Geological Survey: FY 2002 Request
Administration has requested an FY 2002 budget for the U.S. Geological
Survey of $813.4 million. This is a reduction of 7.9%, or $69.4 million,
from the FY 2001 budget of $882.8 million.
If approved, the
FY 2002 budget would be approximately the same as the FY 2000 budget
of $814.6 million. In introducing this budget, USGS Director Charles
Groat stated, "USGS has played a key role in recent events where
public health and safety were a primary concern such as the Seattle
earthquake and the outbreak of West Nile Virus in the Northeast and
Mid- Atlantic. The President's budget enables USGS to continue its critical
mission in monitoring for these and other hazards. At the same time,
we are working with the other DOI [Department of Interior] bureaus
to better identify and provide the science needed for informed land
and resource management decisions."
The DOI budget
document describes how the $69.4 million reduction would be made:
"The budget proposes to reduce funding for one-time projects, Congressional
add-ons, lower priority programs, and select programs that may be more
appropriately funded by USGS partners. It also provides programmatic
reductions to cover a majority of the bureau's uncontrollable cost increases.
The FY 2002 budget focuses resources on core mission programs, such
as mapping and hazards, and those that directly support the Department
of Interior's land and resource management bureaus, including the Fish
and Wildlife Service."
There are six
major activities in the budget document. Funding for five of them would
decrease, while Science Support would increase:
The National Mapping
Program budget would decrease 5.2%, or $6.8 million, from $130.4 million
to $123.7 million.
The Geologic Hazards,
Resource, and Processes budget would decrease 5.1%, or $11.5 million,
from $225.3 million to $213.8 million.
The Water Resources
Investigations budget would decrease 21.6%, or $44.0 million, from $203.5
million to $159.5 million. A USGS release states: "A significant
portion ($30.0 million) of the proposed decreases affects two USGS water
quality programs that primarily benefit other federal agencies and states.
The National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) and the Toxic
Substances Hydrology Program provide extensive data and information
to state and federal regulatory agencies such as the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA). These entities rely on USGS to provide information to
help them fulfill their own mission-critical responsibilities. The Department
and USGS will work with EPA and other beneficiaries of both programs
in an effort to obtain partnership funding to maintain current scope
and schedule in both programs."
Research budget would decrease 7.0%, or $11.3 million, from $160.6 million
to $149.3 million.
The Science Support
budget would increase 10.2%, or $7.5 million, from $73.7 million to
budget would decrease 3.7%, or $3.3 million, from $89.2 million to $85.9
Richard M. Jones
Public Information Division
American Institute of Physics