17 Jul 2014

On Tuesday the House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2015 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill.  The committee passed the $30.2 billion bill by a vote of 29-19.  The legislation provides an increase of $162 million above the current appropriations and is $409 million below the Obama Administration’s request. 

18 Jul 2011

The  House Appropriations Committee has approved, by a vote of 28-18, the FY 2012  Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill.   This bill provides funding for the U.S. Geological Survey, the budget  for which would be reduced by $30.1 million from this year.  Excerpts from the committee’s report follow, with all figures taken from the committee report.  The section on USGS starts on page 35.

17 Feb 2012

In a statement introducing the President’s FY 2013 budget  request, US Geological Survey (USGS) Director Marcia McNutt said:

24 Feb 2011

In a statement introducing  President Obama’s FY 2012 budget request to Congress for the U.S. Geological  Survey (USGS), Director Marcia McNutt said: “The USGS supports Secretary Salazar’s  and the Administration’s strong commitment to use science as the cornerstone of  natural resource management by providing timely, unbiased research related to  our nation’s most important natural resources.

26 Jun 2014

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on June 10 to discuss the potential benefits of earthquake early warning systems.  Representatives heard from witnesses about warning systems used in other countries including Japan, Mexico, Romania and Mongolia and discussed the cost benefits of developing a national warning system for the United States. 

9 Apr 2014

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Committee on Natural Resources held a March 27 hearing to discuss advances in earthquake science to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Great Alaskan Quake, a 9.2 magnitude earthquake which is the second largest in recorded history.  Subcommittee members heard from witnesses about the rise in earthquake information and data that followed the Alaskan earthquake.  Early warning systems, hydraulic fracturing, and developments in scientific research and data acquisition were areas of interest during the hearing. 

23 Jan 2014

The FY 2014 appropriations cycle has come to a close.  President Obama has signed into law an FY 2014 omnibus bill, consisting of twelve separate appropriations bills, that was passed last week by the House and Senate.


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