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 2015 Appropriations Table
Dollars in millions
FY 2014 Enacted
FY 2015 President's
|House||Senate||FY 2015 Enacted||
FY 2015 vs.
|U.S. Geological Survey (Total)||1032.0||1073.3||1035.7|
|Climate & Land Use Change||132.0||149.1||133.4|
|Energy, Minerals, & Environmental Health||91.5||99.1||91.6|
|Core Science Systems||108.8||109.4||106.2||
|Administration & Enterprise Information||110.7||108.3||105.6|