Under the FY 2005 budget request recently submitted by the Bush
Administration, funding for the U.S. Geological Survey would decline
1.9% or $18.2 million. USGS currently receives $938.0 million, which
would drop to $919.8 million for the fiscal year starting on October
A USGS budget document quotes its director, Charles Groat, as stating:
"In FY 2005, we will put emphasis on providing science to help
meet other DOI bureaus' natural resource management needs and on the
President's Management Agenda. Our efforts for 2005 will focus on water
availability and invasive species, as well as our response to natural
hazards, all of which are issues of critical importance to land and
resource managers and to all Americans. We will continue to provide
timely, objective scientific information to other Federal agencies,
state and local partners and stakeholders to address critical societal
issues. We will also enhance activities associated with financial management
and information technology security."
USGS has released a fairly comprehensive outline of its FY 2005 budget
request categorized by activity/subactivity/program element that can
be viewed at http://www.usgs.gov/budget/2005/fy05_pres_budget_request.html
The following are the percentage and dollar changes between the current
year and FY 2005. Note that while almost all of the accounts decline,
that USGS proposes a new line item called Enterprise Information for
which $45.2 million is requested. The line item "consolidates funding
of all bureauwide information functions (technology, management, and
service) that were previously distributed among several USGS office
and budget structure items." Since this new structure represents,
to varying degrees, changes in program activity, it cannot be determined
how actual funding for each program might change.
Mapping, Remote Sensing, and Geographic Investigations: Down 8.3% or
$10.8 million from $129.8 million to $118.9 million.
Geologic Hazards, Resources and Processes: Down 5.7% or $13.4 million
from $234.2 million to $220.8 million.
Water Resources Investigations: Down 6.0% or $13.0 million from
$215.7 million to $202.7 million.
Biological Research: Down 4.0% or $6.9 million from $174.5 million
Science Support: Down 24.3% or $22.1 million from $90.8 million to
Facilities: Up 3.2% or $3.0 million from $93.0 million to $96.0
Enterprise Information: New budget activity for which $45.2 million