Under the request that the Bush Administration sent to Congress, funding
would be reduced by 2.1% or $20.6 million for the U.S. Geological Survey
in FY 2007. All of the program budgets would be reduced in amounts ranging
from 2.1% to 40.7%, with the exception of Enterprise Information funding
which would increase substantially, and facilities funding.
In introducing the FY 2007 request, USGS Acting Director P. Patrick
Leahy said: "Events during the past year, such as the hurricanes
that devastated the Gulf Coast, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions,
and the potential threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza, underscore
the need for timely, relevant scientific information. Our 2007 budget
expands USGS capabilities in these crucial areas by providing funding
for a multi-hazards pilot initiative, development of Landsat 8, and
A USGS document explains that "The budget adds $40.1 million
in new programs and fixed costs, which are offset by redirecting $50.7
million from lower priority activities and eliminating $10.0 million
in earmarked funding." The following are requested changes
for FY 2007 as compared to current funding:
TOTAL USGS FUNDING: Down 2.1% or $20.6 million from $965.4 million
to $944.8 million.
GEOGRAPHIC RESEARCH, INVESTIGATIONS AND REMOTE SENSING: Down
40.7% or $52.7 million from $129.3 million to $76.6 million.
GEOLOGIC HAZARDS, RESOURCES, AND PROCESSES: Down 7.6% or $17.9
million from $235.3 million to $217.4 million.
WATER RESOURCES INVESTIGATIONS: Down 3.6% or $7.7 million from
$211.8 million to $204.1 million.
BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH: Down 3.3% or $6.0 million from $178.5 million
to $172.6 million.
ENTERPRISE INFORMATION: Up 71.6% or $64.8 million from $46.4
million to $111.2 million.
SCIENCE SUPPORT: Down 2.8% or $1.9 million from $69.3 million
to $67.4 million.
FACILITIES: Up 0.7% or $0.7 million from $94.8 million to $95.5
USGS has several budget documents that provide additional information
on the FY 2007 which may be viewed at: http://www.usgs.gov/budget/2007/