FY 2012 Request for U.S. Geological Survey

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Publication date: 
24 February 2011
Number: 
23

In a statement introducing  President Obama’s FY 2012 budget request to Congress for the U.S. Geological  Survey (USGS), Director Marcia McNutt said: “The USGS supports Secretary Salazar’s  and the Administration’s strong commitment to use science as the cornerstone of  natural resource management by providing timely, unbiased research related to  our nation’s most important natural resources. By providing funds for the  sustained operation of Earth-observing satellites and for scientific research  to enable understanding of complex ecosystems, the USGS budget will help our  nation meet its energy needs, protect its land, water and wildlife, and make  wise decisions about natural resources.”

The budget request for USGS  represents an increase of 0.6 percent or $6.1 million from the FY 2010 enacted  level, from $1,111.7 million to $1,117.8 million.

Note that overall numbers do  not include amounts received from Permanents and Trust Funds. More detailed  budget information may be found here

USGS is currently in the  process of realigning its management structure in order to, according to the  budget justification document,  “strengthen the USGS’s role as the premier science agency that equips the  Nation with information needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”  Part of this realignment includes restructuring USGS’s budget requests to fit  programs more effectively into the new management structure. To avoid  confusion, FYI will present budgetary information based on both the old and the  new structures.

Under the old budget  structure, USGS’s requests were broken into eight accounts:

Geographic Research,  Investigations, and Remote Sensing:

Up 3 percent or $5.0 million  from $145.6 million to $150.6 million.

Geologic Hazards, Resources,  and Processes:

Down 7 percent or $18.3  million from $249.1 million to $230.8 million.

Water Resources  Investigations:

Down 11 percent or $24.4  million from $232.3 million to $207.9 million.

Biological Research:

Down 5 percent or $9.3  million from $204.9 million to $195.6 million.

Enterprise Information:

Down 20 percent or $9 million  from $46.0 million to $36.9 million.

Global Change:

Up 16 percent or $9.5 million  from $58.2 million to $67.7 million.

Science Support:

Up 15 percent or $10.4  million from $69.2 million to $79.6 million.

Facilities:

Down 5 percent or $5.6  million from $106.4 million to $100.8 million.

USGS also proposes a new,  ninth account for National Land Imaging, which according to its budget  overview, “will allow independent tracking of expenditures for this program  that provides for the operation, maintenance, and development of a continuous  program of Landsat satellites that will ensure continuity of global land cover  data.” Under the old budget alignment, this new account is requested to be  funded at $48 million.

Under the new budget  alignment, USGS’s account requests are broken down in the following way:

Ecosystems:

Up 1 percent or $0.8 million  from $165.6 million to $166.4 million.

Climate and Land Use Change:

Down 23 percent or $31.6  million from $138.0 million to $106.4 million.

Energy, Minerals, and  Environmental Health:

Down 13 percent or $13.0  million from $101.5 million to $88.5 million.

Natural Hazards:

Down 4 percent or $5.1  million from $139.0 million to $133.9 million.

Water Resources:

Down 10 percent or $21.6  million from $221.2 million to $199.6 million.

Core Science Systems:

Down 15 percent or $19  million from $124.9 million to $105.9 million.

Administration and Enterprise  Information:

Up 1 percent or $1.4 million  from $115.2 million to $116.6 million.

Facilities:

Down 5 percent or $5.6  million from $106.4 million to $100.8 million.

National Land Imaging:

A new account funded at $99.8  million.