29 Nov 2017

The Senate spending bill for the U.S. Geological Survey would maintain overall funding at current levels, while the House bill would decrease it by 4 percent. The chambers diverge on whether to adopt the administration’s proposed restructuring of the Climate and Land Use Change mission area, but they both generally support maintaining funding for geophysical research and monitoring near current levels.

8 Jun 2017

President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget requests a 15 percent funding cut for the U.S. Geological Survey and proposes deep cuts for all mission areas except Energy and Mineral Resources. Climate research is slashed and restructured into a new Land Resources mission area.

17 May 2017

The final appropriations law for fiscal year 2017 provides a 2.2 percent increase for the U.S. Geological Survey. Funding for Climate and Land Use Change is increasing 6.6 percent, but within that Climate Variability is decreasing by 6.5 percent. Natural Hazards is increasing 4.3 percent.

22 Apr 2016

The Senate approved its first major energy policy bill in nine years, and it includes a slew of provisions which are relevant to the science community.

13 Nov 2015

The House passed legislation that would make it easier and faster for mining companies to get approval from the federal government to develop minerals on federal lands, although opponents are concerned that the bill would undermine key environmental protections

24 Jun 2015

Earlier today the House of Representatives started its consideration of the FY 2016 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill.  Roll call votes on amendments to the bill will not occur until July.

The bill provides $30,170.0 million in base funding, down $246.0 million from this year’s appropriation, and $3,092.4 million less than the Administration’s request. 

10 Jun 2015

The House Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee met this morning to mark up its FY 2016 appropriations bill.  Yesterday the full committee issued a short press release and the draft version of the 134-page bill.   The all-important committee report providing specific funding levels and policy guidance for individual programs has not been released.

13 Mar 2015

The Senate Interior, Environment Appropriations Subcommittee meet for two hours on March 4 to review the FY 2016 budget request for the Department of the Interior.  A number of topics were discussed with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell; however there were no questions about the Administration’s request for the U.S. Geological Survey.

6 Feb 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has requested $1,194.8 million for FY 2016.  This request provides an increase of $149.8 million or 14.3 percent over the FY 2015 appropriation of $1,045.0 million.  The USGS falls within the Department of the Interior. 

The USGS FY 2016 budget highlights document is available here.  The document notes:

17 Dec 2014

Congress has completed the FY 2015 appropriations cycle with House and Senate approval of a $1.1 trillion bill providing funding through September 30, 2015 for all departments and agencies with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security that will be funded through early 2015. 


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