FY 2013 Request for the US Geological Survey

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Publication date: 
17 February 2012
Number: 
29

In a statement introducing the President’s FY 2013 budget  request, US Geological Survey (USGS) Director Marcia McNutt said:

“Our science is  increasingly in demand as new energy supplies are developed, competition for  water grows, and the cost of natural disasters mounts.  Fundamental, multidisciplinary USGS science  capabilities are necessary to address the nation’s increasingly connected societal  and economic challenges.  We are pleased  that the President’s budget provides strong support for our mission,  underscoring the Administration’s commitment to science as a foundation for  decision making.”

A press release from the USGS reflected on the FY 2013  budget request:

“Recognizing  constrained fiscal resources, the 2013 USGS budget reflects careful investments  in priority science to support a robust and growing economy and a strong and  resilient nation.  The proposal addresses  key science issues while maintaining a strong commitment to the USGS mission  and its core science functions to provide geologic, hydrologic, and topographic  information that contributes to the wise management of the nation’s natural  resources and promotes the health, safety, and well-being of the people.”

The FY 2013 USGS  budget request is $1.10 billion, which is $34.5 million above the FY 2012  budget of $1.07 billion. 

Some key highlights from the FY 2013 budget are:

The FY 2013 request provides $44.0 million for the  Secretary’s New Energy Frontier initiative, which is $13.2 million above the  funding for FY 2012. 

The FY 2013 request provides $21.0 million for USGS Water  Challenges initiative, which is an increase of $13 million above the funding  for FY 2012.  WaterSMART, a combined  effort between USGS and the Bureau of Reclamation, provides information to  address US water challenges.

Other key increases in funding are in areas of ecosystems  research, hydraulic fracturing, rapid disaster response, and science for  coastal and ocean stewardship. 

The USGS budget is divided into eight accounts as laid  out in the USGS budget request,  from which the following selections are taken:

Ecosystems     The FY 2013 request includes $177.9 million for Ecosystem  Activities which is a $16.6 million or 10.2 percent increase above the funding  of $161.3 million for FY 2012. 

These activities include research which helps improve  management of the nation’s natural resources and hazards that threaten the  US.  The Ecosystems activities at the  USGS complement the Department of Interior’s America’s Great Outdoors  initiative.

Climate and Land  Use Change     The FY 2013 request includes $153.7 million for Climate  and Land Use Change activities which is an increase of $9.7 million or 6.7  percent over the funding of $144.1 million for FY 2012. 

These activities provide “practical, user-focused  scientific information to facilitate Interior land management bureaus in  creating adaptation strategies for changes in various landscapes.” 

Energy, Minerals,  and Environmental Health     The FY 2013 request includes $97.1 million for Energy,  Minerals, and Environmental Health which is $914,000 or 0.01 percent above the  funding of $96.2 million for FY 2012. 

These activities include “research and assessments on the  location, quantity, and quality of the Nation’s mineral and energy resources.”  This research focuses on the environmental  impacts of human activities that “introduce chemical and pathogenic  contaminants into the environment and threaten human, animal and ecological  health.”

Natural Hazards     The FY 2013 request includes $144.8 million for Natural  Hazards activities which is $10.3 million or 7.7 percent above the funding of $134.5  million for FY 2012. 

This activity provides the scientific knowledge necessary  to reduce fatalities, injuries, and economic loss from hazards such as  volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and landslides. 

Water Resources     The FY 2013 request includes $209.8 million for Water  Resources activities which is $4.8 million or 2.2 percent below the funding of $214.7  million for FY 2012. 

This activity includes programs “for the collection,  management, and dissemination of hydrologic data, modeling, and analyses of  hydrologic systems, and research and development” leading to new methods of  data gathering.  

Core Science  Systems     The FY 2013 request provides $120.4 million for Core  Science Systems, this is $13.7 million or 12.8 percent above the funding of  $106.7 million for FY 2012. 

This activity provides access to science information  through “geospatial frameworks that are used in managing natural resources and  planning for and responding to natural hazards.” 

Administration and  Enterprise Information     The FY 2013 request provides $99.1 million for  Administration and Enterprise Information activities which is a decrease of  $11.2 million or 0.8 percent from the funding of $110.2 million for FY  2012. 

This activity funds “the executive, managerial, and  accountability activities and information technology and bureau support  services” at the USGS. 

Facilities     The FY 2013 request provides $99.7 million for Facilities  activities, which is $704,000 or 3.2 percent below the funding of $100.4  million for FY 2012. 

Facilities funding is used to “provide safe, functional  workspace, laboratories and other facilities” used by USGS.