Status of USGS Appropriations Fiscal Year 2017

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 2017 Appropriations Table

Dollars in millions


FY 2016 Enacted

FY 2017 President's
 House   Senate  FY 2017 Enacted

FY 2017 vs.
FY 2016

U.S. Geological Survey (Total) 1062.0 1168.8 1080.0 1068.1    
Climate & Land Use Change 140.0 171.4 146.0 140.5    
Ecosystems 158.0 173.9 160.7 157.5    
Energy, Minerals, & Environmental Health 94.5 99.5 94.5 94.5    
Natural Hazards


149.7 142.9 142.3    
Water Resources 210.7 228.0 216.1 211.2    
Core Science Systems 111.6 118.4 113.8 116.1      
Science Support 105.6 110.6 105.6 105.6    
Facilities 100.4 117.3 100.4 100.4