FY 2012 Appropriation for U.S. Geological Survey

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Publication date: 
21 December 2011
Number: 
151

Congress  and the President have agreed on a final FY 2012 appropriations bill.  H.R. 2055 combines nine funding bills, and is  accompanied by House Report 112-331.  This 1,385 page report contains the bill  language and a second section with the appropriators’ recommendations.  The following is a selection of the report’s  recommendations for the U.S. Geological Survey, starting on page 1058, with  specific funding levels starting on page 1099. 

Total  USGS:

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $1,083.7 million   
The  FY 2012 Administration request was $1,117.9 million   
The  FY 2012 appropriation is $1,069.7 million, a decline of $14.0 million or 1.3  percent.

The  report states:

“The  detailed allocation of funding by activity and sub-activity is included in the  table at the end of this statement [see page 1099] and comports with the  requested budget structure realignment. Unless otherwise indicated below, the  conferees have accepted the proposals for reductions resulting from  Department-wide efficiencies, administrative savings, and Enterprise Publishing  Network savings. A decrease of $2,172,000 to the request has been assumed to  reflect changes in the final fiscal year 2011 operating plan, which was not  available at the time the request was submitted. Support for ecosystem restoration  activities throughout the Survey's programs is maintained at the fiscal year  2011 enacted level. Additional changes to the request are specified below.”

The  following programs are under Surveys, Investigations, and Research:

Ecosystems:

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $160.8 million  
The  FY 2012 Administration request was $166.4 million  
The  FY 2012 appropriation is $161.5 million, an increase of $0.7 million or 0.4  percent

The  report states:

“Increases above the enacted level include $1,500,000 for The  Chesapeake Bay Executive Order and $2,500,000 for the Great Lakes Asian Carp  Control Framework. The conferees support the President's budget proposal to  conduct an in-depth analysis of the extent and sources of endocrine disrupting  chemicals impacting fish and wildlife in the Chesapeake basin.”

Climate  and Land Use Change:

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $138.1 million    
The  FY 2012 Administration request was $106.4 million   
The  FY 2012 appropriation is $144.3 million, an increase of $6.2 million or 4.5  percent

There  was fairly extensive report language about Climate Variability and Land Use  Change:

“The bill provides $144,320,000 for Climate and Land Use  Change programs. Within Climate Variability, changes to the request include  decreases of $2,000,000 from Research and Development, and $6,460,000 from  Science Support for DOI Bureaus. Carbon Sequestration is funded at $9,000,000.

“Within Land Use Change, an increase  of $11,500,000 is provided to complete funding for Landsat 8 ground operations  development. The conferees have not agreed with the proposal to create a  separate ‘Land Imaging’ account and have instead maintained funding for all  satellite operations within this subactivity. Estimated administrative savings  assumed in the proposed new account have been assumed within the Land Use  Change account instead.

“The conferees have not agreed to  transfer budgetary authority for the launch of Landsat satellites 9 and 10 from  the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to the Survey. Of the  requested $48,000,000 increase for its implementation, the conferees have  provided $2,000,000 for program development only. The conferees note that  future requests for the project are estimated by the Administration to escalate  to over $400,000,000 by fiscal year 2014. There is little doubt that resources  will not be available within the Interior Appropriations bill to support these  very large increases without decimating all other Survey programs. The  conferees note that the launch of Landsat 9 is not scheduled until 2018. This  allows time in the year ahead for all interested parties to re-examine how to  proceed with future Landsat missions. In the conferees' view this would be a  prudent step, inasmuch as the current budget proposal is based on a report from  the Office of Science and Technology Policy issued in 2008, and both  technological advances and a vastly different economic environment may point to  other, less costly, options for obtaining Landsat data.”

Energy,  Minerals, and Environmental Health:

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $99.9 million   
The  FY 2012 Administration request was $88.5 million 
The  FY 2012 appropriation is $96.4 million, a decrease of $3.5 million or 3.5  percent.

The  report states:

“The following amounts have been restored to ongoing programs  that were proposed to be reduced in the request: $250,000 for the Minerals  External Research Program; $5,000,000 for Minerals Resources; $1,000,000 for  Energy Resources; $500,000 for Contaminants; and $2,500,000 for Toxic  Substances Hydrology. An increase of $1,000,000 is provided for the New Energy  Frontier initiative.”

Natural  Hazards:

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $136.0 million  
The  FY 2012 Administration request was $133.9 million    
The  FY 2012 appropriation is $134.7 million, a decrease of $1.3 million or 1.0  percent

The  report states:

“The conferees have not agreed to proposed reductions in the  request and have restored funds to the following programs: $2,000,000 for  Earthquake Grants; $1,800,000 for the 2012 Multi-Hazards Initiative; and  $1,500,000 for the National Volcano Early Warning System. Decreases from the  request include $800,000 from the 2011 Multi-Hazards Initiative, and $3,000,000  from Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning.”

Water  Resources:

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $212.4 million   
The  FY 2012 Administration request was $199.6 million   
The  FY 2012 appropriation is $215.0 million, an increase of $2.6 million or 1.2  percent

The  report states:

“Funding has been restored for the  following programs that were proposed to be reduced in the request: $2,000,000  for Groundwater Resources; $6,049,000 for the National Water Quality Assessment  Program; $1,963,000 for the Cooperative Water Program; and $6,500,000 for the  Water Resources Research Act Program. A program increase of $2,846,000 above  the request is provided for the National Streamflow Information Program.  Decreases from the request include $2,500,000 from the WaterSMART initiative  within Hydrologic Networks and Analysis. The conferees encourage the Survey to  include with its fiscal year 2013 budget request a proposal to establish a  national groundwater monitoring network as authorized by the Secure Water Act.”

Core  Science Systems:

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $113.0 million   
The  FY 2012 Administration request was $105.9 million  
The  FY 2012 appropriation is $106.9 million, a decrease of $6.1 million or 5.4  percentThe  report states:

“Increases to the request include $998,000 for the National  Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program to continue funding at the  current year enacted level, and $1,500,000 for National Cooperative Geologic  Mapping Federal and State Partnerships to partially restore the proposed reduction  to that program. Decreases from the request include $500,000 from WaterSMART.”

Administration  and Enterprise Information:

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $118.7 million  
The  FY 2012 Administration request was $116.6 million
The  FY 2012 appropriation is $110.4 million, a decrease of $8.3 million or 7.0  percent

The  report states:

“There is a decrease from the  request of $5,920,000 for separation costs. This amount is significantly below  what the Survey would need to implement its proposed reduction in force. If a  similar plan is put forward in future budget requests, the conferees expect  that sufficient funds will be requested for its implementation.”

Facilities:

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $104.7 million 
The  FY 2012 Administration request was $100.8 million   }
The  FY 2012 appropriation is $100.6 million, a decrease of $4.1 million or 3.9  percent

The  report states:

“The conferees do not agree with the  administration's proposal to create a separate ‘Construction’ line item within  the budget and consequently have maintained those funds within the ‘Deferred  Maintenance and Capital Improvement’ subactivity. In the conferees' view, the  Survey has the authorities it requires to manage its facilities and space  requirements within the current structure.”