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. 

3 Sep 1993

Federal funding of scientific research is currently a hot topic in
Washington for those with an interest in science policy.  Both
Congress and the White House, as well as numerous private
organizations, are examining how and why the federal government
supports research, and how the nation benefits by those efforts.
Numerous reports have studied the issue, one of the most notable
being the "Report of the Task Force on the Health of Research" of
the House science committee (for more information on this report,
see FYI #129, 1992.)

6 Jul 1998

As a service to AIP's Member Societies and the physics community, the following positions statements adopted or reaffirmed by the American Geophysical Union are provided below:


Adopted by AGU Council December 1981
Reaffirmed in May 1990, May 26, 1994, and on May 28, 1998.

"The Council of the American Geophysical Union notes with concern the continuing efforts by creationists for administrative, legislative, and juridical actions designed to require or promote the teaching of creationism as a scientific theory.

20 Apr 2001

The Bush Administration has requested an FY 2002 budget for the U.S. Geological Survey of $813.4 million. This is a reduction of 7.9%, or $69.4 million, from the FY 2001 budget of $882.8 million.

14 Feb 2002

Program and facilities funding for the U.S. Geological Survey would decline 5.1% under the FY 2003 budget request that the Bush Administration has sent to Congress. Few program budgets would increase under this proposal, with the majority slated for cuts or level funding. In addition, a USGS program would be transferred to the National Science Foundation.

12 Feb 2004

Under the FY 2005 budget request recently submitted by the Bush Administration, funding for the U.S. Geological Survey would decline 1.9% or $18.2 million. USGS currently receives $938.0 million, which would drop to $919.8 million for the fiscal year starting on October 1.

11 Feb 2005

The Bush Administration has requested essentially level funding for the U.S. Geological Survey in FY 2006. The request sent to Congress this week recommends a 0.2% or $2.0 million reduction in the survey's budget, from $935.5 million this year to $933.6 million in FY 2006.


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