Value of the USGS
Created by an act of Congress in 1879, the USGS has evolved over the years, matching its talent and knowledge to the progress of science and technology. The USGS serves the nation as an independent fact-finding agency that collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The value of the USGS to the nation rests on its ability to carry out studies on a national scale and to sustain long-term monitoring and assessment of natural resources. Because it has no regulatory or management mandate, the USGS provides impartial science and engineering that serves the needs of our changing world. The diversity of scientific and engineering expertise enables the USGS to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations that build the base of knowledge about the Earth. In turn, decision makers at all levels of government--and citizens in all walks of life--have the information tools they need to address pressing societal issues.
Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriations Table
Dollars in millions
FY 2013 Enacted
FY 2014 President's
|House||Senate||FY 2014 Enacted||
FY 2014 vs.
|U.S. Geological Survey (Total)||1012.2||1166.9||967.3||1095.0||1032.0||+19.8|
|Climate & Land Use Change||133.2||156.0||141.8||132.0||-1.2|
|Energy, Minerals, & Environmental Health||90.5||107.4||99.7||91.5||+1.0|
|Core Science Systems||107.6||137.2||117.5||
|Administration & Enterprise Information||110.7||115.6||113.2||110.7||0|
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies approved a draft bill on July 23, 2013.
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies released a draft bill on August 1, 2013.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (HR 3547) was signed into law on January 17, 2014. The FY 2013 enacted numbers include the impacts of budget sequestration, which took effect on March 1, 2013.