Office of Budget, Planning, and Integration
The Office of Budget, Planning, and Integration welcomes a new Associate Director, Cynthia Lodge
Associate Director, Office of Budget, Planning and Integration, USGS
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Cynthia Lodge is the Associate Director of the Office of Budget, Planning and Integration in the Office of the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). She is the Bureau's chief adviser for all matters related to the budget, accountability, performance management.Career History and Highlights
Cynthia came to the USGS after a 27-year career with NASA, bringing with her a breadth of skills and experience. Throughout her career, she has assessed and changed operational processes, eliminating waste and improving the efficiency of a multitude of space projects. She improved engineering methods with innovative enhancements, evaluated and selected proposals for space systems, and planned and produced analytical studies involving the substance of key agency programs.
Cynthia most recently served as the Director for Strategic Investments and the Performance Improvement Officer at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In this role, she was responsible for development of NASA's overall strategy of investment to achieve mission objectives. Analyzing technical, programmatic, and institutional investment options available to the Agency in support of Administration policies and Congressional legislation, she formulated the Agency's budgets, measured and reported skills on Agency Performance, and provided insight and guidance to the Administrator on all decisions of strategic importance. Prior to this, she worked as a Program Analyst for the NASA Comptroller, analyzing new and proposed legislation and regulations to determine impacts on program operations and management. Her legislative experience includes time as a NASA Congressional Fellow with U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, for whom she assisted with legislation on civil and military space, Earth science, energy, and new technology. She also held multiple roles at the Kennedy Space Center, originally joining NASA after the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy to redirect the operations workforce into executing the Shuttle schedule. Her help in rebuilding workforce morale resulted in upgraded staff performance and reduced operational costs in excess of 35 percent. She began her career as a Materials & Processing Engineer with the Lockheed Space Operations Company, performing failure analyses for space systems hardware and working with research scientists to develop new methods and inventions for the space shuttle.
Among many other honors, Cynthia was presented by NASA astronauts with the "Silver Snoopy" award, a prestigious recognition given to only one percent of the space industry, for her work on the space shuttle program.Education
Cynthia holds a master's in industrial and engineering management from the University of Central Florida, a master's in business from Nova Southeastern University, and a bachelor's degree in engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Details on the President's Fiscal Year 2016 USGS Budget Request
On Monday, February 2, 2015, the President presented to Congress the 2016 Federal Budget request. As is always the case, details of the budget are kept close hold until the Congress gets an opportunity to see what is included. Since many of you may not be familiar with the details, this message will hopefully bring you up to speed with the USGS request for 2016.
In the 2016 President’s budget request, the USGS builds on increases for research and development in the enacted appropriations for 2014 and 2015. The 2016 request is very supportive of the work the USGS does and recognizes the role USGS science plays in addressing Interior’s mission and key Administration priorities. USGS accomplishments in 2014 demonstrate that maintaining support for these directions in 2015 and 2016 is critical to the Nation.
The 2016 request for the USGS is $1.2 billion, a generous increase of $149.8 million, or 14.3 percent above the 2015 enacted level. While it would be great if we actually received all of this increase, the submission to Congress is just the first step in a long process.
The budget development process is ever changing, and this year was no different. The Office of Budget, Planning, and Integration worked with the Associate Directors, the Department of the Interior, and the Office of Management and Budget to develop what we think is a better way to present our request to Congress.
The budget is organized by themes that demonstrate the USGS Science Strategy and the cross-discipline science required to address the complex nature of the Nation’s natural resources management issues.
The themes are: Water Science for the 21st Century, Climate Resilience, Energy and Minerals, Landscape Understanding, Foundations for Land Management, Natural Hazard Science, and Science Infrastructure.
For Water Science in the 21st Century, the proposed 2016 budget includes an increase of $14.5 million. Funding for this area would be used to advance priorities such as WaterSMART and Science to Support Sustainable Water Use. Specific examples of program increases in this theme include funds for Science to Support Drought; Water Use Information and Research; Ecological Flows; and Streamflow Information.
For Climate Resilience, the USGS is requesting an increase of $32.0 million. These funds would be used for work in Carbon Sequestration, Adaptation and Resilience, and Community Resilience and Partnerships. Specific examples of program increase in this theme include Biological Monitoring and Tools; Carbon Inventory Decision and Support Tools; Community Resilience Toolkit; Translational Science Grants; and Tribal Climate Science Partnerships.
In the Energy and Minerals theme, the USGS request is for an additional $9.6 million. Requested increases in 2016 will advance the President’s All-of-the-Above Energy strategy and Critical Minerals Research. Specific examples of program increases in this theme include funding for Unconventional Oil and Gas Development; Renewable Energy; Environmental Impacts of Uranium Mining; and Critical Minerals and R&D to Address Environmental Impacts of Minerals Development.
For Landscape Understanding, the USGS is requesting an increase of $15.6 million. The USGS would use the increase for work in Critical Landscapes, Invasive and Declining Species, and Coastal Resilience and Landscapes. Specific examples of program increases in this theme include The Changing Arctic; Science for the Sage Steppe Landscape; Pollinators; Contaminant Network Along the Northeast Coast; and Coastal Resilience and Vulnerability.
In the Foundation for Land Management theme, the USGS is requesting an increase of $37.8 million. The proposed increases will be used for the Landsat Ground System, Landsat Science Products, Ecosystems Services, Big Earth Data, 3D Elevation, Great Lakes Fisheries, Urban Waters, Outer Continental Shelf Ecosystem Decisions, Cooperative Research Units Enhanced Support, and Emerging Contaminants and Chemical Mixtures. Specific examples of program changes in this theme include Landsat Ground System; Landsat Science Products for Climate and Natural Resource Assessment; 3D Elevation Program; Next Generation of Natural Resource Scientists; and Ecosystem Services.
In 2016, the USGS is requesting an additional $6.6 million for Natural Hazard Science. Funding will be used for Natural Hazards Science for Disaster Response. Specific examples of program changes in this theme include Expanded Use of Flood Inundation Mapping and Rapid Deployable Streamgages; Global Seismographic Network Primary Sensor Deployment; Improved Geomagnetic Monitoring to Support Space Weather Nowcasting; Landslide Response, Building Sinkhole Hazard Response Capability; and Disaster Scenarios and Strategic Science Crisis Response.
Finally, the USGS is requesting an increase for Science Infrastructure of $21.1 million. Included in the increase is funding for Infrastructure Capacity to Support the Science Mission, Science Coordination, and Engaging the Next Generation. Specific examples of program changes in this theme include Reducing the Facilities Footprint – Cost Savings and Innovation Plan (CSIP); Enhancing Science Support Capability to Support Science Mission Goals; Sustainability Investments; and Youth and Education in Science.
As you can tell, the proposed increases for this budget address many areas. Once the Congressional Justifications (Greenbook) are delivered to Congress, full details of this request will be available. As always, the Office of Budget, Planning, and Integration is available for any questions or concerns you may have.
President signs 2015 Continuing Resolution funding government through December 11, 2014
On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, the president signed a fiscal year 2015 Continuing Resolution (CR)—H.J. Res 124—that will fund the government through December 11, 2014. The House passed the CR (319-108) last Wednesday (09/24) and the Senate approved it (78-22) on Thursday (09/26). The CR provides fiscal year 2015 regular discretionary budget authority at an annualized level of $1.012 trillion, approximately equal to the 2014 discretionary funding level set by the Bipartisan Budget Act. The CR authorizes an across-the-board reduction in the rate for operations of 0.0554 percent in order to bring spending down to the fiscal year 2014 cap level, which results in savings of $571 million.
For the USGS, the annual funding with the across-the-board reduction applied is $1,031,428,272, which is $571,728 less than the USGS's 2014 funding.
|09/09/2014||H.J.Res. 124 Introduced in House|
|09/17/2014||Passed in House by recorded vote: 319-108|
|09/18/2014||Passed in Senate, without amendment, by yea-nay vote: 78-22|
|09/19/2014||Presented to President|
|09/19/2014||Signed by President|
|09/19/2014||Became Public Law No: 113-164 [PDF]|
Presidentís 2015 Budget Proposes $1.1 Billion for the USGS
Targeted investments advance research on climate change and earth sciences to support community safety, health, and economic growth.
Senate Committee on Appropriations Approves Fiscal Year 2014 Consolidated Appropriations
On Thursday, January 16, 2014, the Senate passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2014 by a vote of 72 to 26. The $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill will fund the government through Sept. 30. The legislation adheres to the funding levels agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, and reflects compromise by both parties. It unwinds some of the damaging cuts caused by sequestration, ensures the continuation of critical services that the American people depend on, and invests in essential areas such as education, infrastructure, manufacturing, and scientific research, which contribute to growing the economy, creating jobs, and strengthening the middle class. Further, H.R. 3547 is a positive step forward that helps return the budget process to regular order.
The bill will now go to the President for his signature.
House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2014 Consolidated Appropriations
On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, the House passed H.R. 3547, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2014. Lawmakers voted 359 to 67 on the omnibus package of all 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations through September 30, sending the bill to the Senate and almost certainly ending the risk of a government shutdown.
FY 2014 Continuing Resolution Funds Federal Government through January 15, 2014
On October 17, 2013, the President signed a Continuing Appropriations Resolution (H.J.RES.59) to provide funding for the Federal Government through January 15, 2014. Under the Continuing Resolution, programs are not to start new projects.
FY 2013/2014 Annual Performance Plan and FY 2012 Report Released
The Department of the Interior's FY 2013/2014 Annual Performance Plan and FY 2012 Report provides performance and funding information that enables Congress, the President, and the public to assess the performance of the Department of the Interior relative to its mission and stewardship of the resources entrusted to it.
First FY 2013 Continuing Resolution Funds Federal Government through March 27, 2013
On September 28, 2012, the President signed a Continuing Appropriations Resolution (H.J. Res 117) to provide funding for the Federal Government until March 27, 2013. Under the Continuing Resolution, programs are urged to spend conservatively.
House Appropriations Committee Releases FY 2013 302b Funding Allocations
The House Appropriations Committee designated 302(b) allocations for its subcommittees on Tuesday April 24, 2012 for Fiscal Year 2013. Overall, the House Appropriations Committee designated $1.028 trillion in discretionary funding for the 12 subcommittees in which the Interior-Environment subcommittee was allocated with $28.0 billion. This is the first step for Congress to take after receiving the 2013 President's Budget request in February 2012.
USGS Appropriations Congressional hearings on FY 2013 Budget Proposal
On Thursday, March 8th, Director Marcia McNutt testified before the House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. She stated "This  budget reflects careful and tough decisions while balancing USGS research, assessment, and monitoring activities to ensure its continued ability to address a broad array of natural resource and natural science issues facing the Nation." Director McNutt's opening statement can be found online (PDF).
On Thursday March 22nd, Director McNutt testified at on oversight hearing on the USGS 2013 budget proposal before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. More information on this hearing including a video recording of Director McNutt's testimony and the three witnesses that followed her testimony can be found online.
The USGS traditionally does not appear before Senate committees to testify on a budget proposal and this year was no different.
FY 2013 USGS Budget Released
Today, the USGS released their 2013 budget request of $1,102,492. The 2013 Budget reflects careful and tough decisions, made within a fiscally constrained environment, to prioritize science investments that address critical needs and support a resilient and robust economy, while also protecting the health and environment of the Nation.
USGS Director Dr. Marcia McNutt, Associate Director of the USGS Office of Budget, Planning, and Integration Carla Burzyk, and other members of the USGS leadership will be available on Tuesday February 14th to answer questions about proposed changes in the USGS budget from partners, stakeholders, and customers.
News releases, Interior’s Budget in Brief, USGS budget tables, and other documents used to describe the USGS Budget are available online.
FY 2012/2013 Annual Performance Plan and FY 2011 Report Released
The Department of the Interior's FY 2012/2013 Annual Performance Plan and FY 2011 Report provides performance and funding information that enables Congress, the President, and the public to assess the performance of the Department of the Interior relative to its mission and stewardship of the resources entrusted to it.
Congress Appropriates Funding for the USGS in FY 2012
On December 23, 2011, the President signed the Consolidate Appropriations Act (P.L. 112-74) that provided funding for the USGS, the Department of the Interior, and numerous other Federal agencies including the Department of Defense, Department of Veteran Affairs, and the Department of Energy.
For more information on FY 2012 funding, please see the Bill Track file on our Resources and Tools webpage.
Fifth FY 2012 Continuing Resolution Funds Federal Government through December 23rd
On December 17, 2011, the President signed a Continuing Appropriations Resolution (HJ Res 95) to provide funding for the Federal Government for a period of one week through December 23, 2011. This time will allow for the President to review the Omnibus bill that includes funding for the USGS and the Department of the Interior. The USGS will operate under the Continuing Resolution until December 23 or until the President signs the Omnibus. Under the Continuing Resolution, USGS programs are urged not to start new projects.
Fourth FY 2012 Continuing Resolution Funds Federal Government through December 23rd
On December 16, 2011, the President signed a Continuing Appropriations Resolution (HJ Res 94) to provide funding for the Federal Government for a period of one day through December 17, 2011. Under the Continuing Resolution, USGS programs are urged not to start new projects.
Third FY 2012 Continuing Resolution Funds Federal Government through December 16th
On November 18, 2011, the President signed a Continuing Appropriations Resolution (H.R. 2112) to provide funding for the Federal Government until December 16, 2011. This Continuing Resolution was part of a larger spending bill that set the FY 2012 budgets for the Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and a number of smaller agencies. Under a Continuing Resolution, USGS programs are urged not to start new projects.
FY 2011 DOI Agency Financial Report Released
The FY 2011 Agency Financial Report provides important financial and performance information for the Department of the Interior (DOI). DOI Secretary Ken Salazar states that the FY 2011 Agency Financial Report "presents management, performance, and financial information that demonstrates our commitment to stewardship of America's resources, and transparent and accountable management of the Department's diverse portfolio of programs." For the fifteenth straight year, the consolidated financial statements in this report received a clean (unqualified) opinion from an independent auditing firm.
Second FY 2012 Continuing Resolution Funds Federal Government through November 18th
On October 5, 2011, the President signed a second FY 2012 Continuing Appropriations Resolution (H.R. 2608) to provide funding for the Federal Government through November 18, 2011. Under the Continuing Resolution, programs are not to start new projects.
First FY 2012 Continuing Resolution Funds Federal Government through October 4th
On September 30, 2011, the President signed a Continuing Appropriations Resolution (H.R. 2017) to provide funding for the Federal Government for a period of four days through October 4, 2011. Under the Continuing Resolution, programs are not to start new projects.
House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill
On Tuesday July 12, 2011, the House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. The bill provides approximately $1.054 billion for the USGS in Fiscal Year 2012 which is a decrease of 2.8% from the 2011 Enacted funding. Overall, the bill provides the Department of the Interior with $9.979 billion which is 6.6% less than the 2011 Enacted funding.
In addition to funding the Department of the Interior, this bill also support the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and numerous independent and related agencies. For more information and the full report, please go to the House Appropriations Committee website.
House Appropriations Committee decides 302(b) Allocations for Fiscal Year 2012
The House Appropriations Committee designated 302(b) allocations for its subcommittees on Wednesday May 11, 2011 for Fiscal Year 2012. The Interior-Environment subcommittee received $27.473 billion which is $2.086 billion less than the 2011 Operating Plan level and $3.818 billion less than the 2012 President's Budget request. Overall, the House Appropriations Committee designated $1.019 trillion in discretionary funding for the 12 subcommittees which is a $30.38 billion less than the 2011 Operating Plan level and $121.565 billion reduction to the 2012 Presidentís Budget request.
Full Year Continuing Resolution for FY 2011 Signed into Law
On April 14, 2011, both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed a bill to fund the Federal Government through a full year Continuing Resolution. On April 15, 2011 President Obama signed the bill and it became Public Law 112-010. The USGS is currently working on an Operating Plan that will be submitted to Congress that will specify funding amounts for programs under the 2011 full year Continuing Resolution.
For more information on the FY 2011 funding, please see Bill Track file on our Resources and Tools webpage.
7th Continuing Resolution for FY 2011 to fund Federal Government until April 15th
On April 9, 2011, President Obama signed a seventh Continuing Resolution to fund the Federal government for FY 2011 through April 15, 2011. Under a Continuing Resolution, programs are not to start new projects. For more information on the FY 2011 funding, please see Bill Track file on our Resources and Tools website.
6th Continuing Resolution for FY 2011 to fund Federal Government until April 8th
On March 18, 2011, President Obama signed a sixth Continuing Resolution to fund the Federal government for FY 2011 through April 8, 2011. Under a Continuing Resolution, programs are not to start new projects. For more information on the FY 2011 funding, please see Bill Track file on our Resources and Tools webpage.
FY 2012: USGS Director testified before House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
On March 17, 2011, USGS Director Dr. Marcia McNutt testified on the 2012 budget request before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. Testimony included the following:
"The USGS 2012 budget request addresses issues long important to the Administration and Interior, and aligns the USGS budget structure with its management structure. This budget reflects our ability to address a broad array of natural-resource and natural-science issues facing the Nation. It also reflects tough choices and difficult decisions. The challenges ahead are great, but the USGS is committed to placing our science, data, and information into the hands of decision makers across the landscape when they need it and in formats they can readily use."
The Acting Director's prepared statement is available online (PDF).
FY 2012: USGS Director testified before House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy & Minerals
On March 9, 2011, USGS Director Dr. Marcia McNutt testified on the 2012 budget request before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy & Minerals.
For information on the hearing and to watched the archived hearing on webcast, please go to the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy & Minerals website.
5th Continuing Resolution for FY 2011 to fund Government until March 18th
On March 2, Congress passed a fifth Continuing Resolution to fund the Federal government for FY 2011 through March 18, 2011. Under the Continuing Resolution, programs are not to start new projects.
FY 2010 DOI Annual Performance Report Released
The Department of the Interior's FY 2010 Annual Performance Report (PDF) provides performance and funding information that enables Congress, the President, and the public to assess the performance of the Department relative to its mission and stewardship of the resources entrusted to it.
Department of the Interior Strategic Plan 2011-2016 Published Featuring a Science Mission Area
On January 26th, the Department of the Interior (DOI) published their Strategic Plan 2011-2016 featuring Science as a mission area. The plan provides a framework that the DOI will use to focus its efforts and guide investment and the allocation of resources. In addition to providing a scientific foundation for decision making, the strategic plan includes goals to provide natural and cultural resources protection and experiences; sustainably manage energy, water, and natural resources; advance government-to-government relationships with Indian Nations and honor commitment to insular areas; and build a 21st Century DOI. The USGS news release can be found online. The FY 2011-2016 DOI Strategic Plan can be found on the Strategic Plan site (PDF).
Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 Signed by President Obama
On January 5, 2011, President Obama signed the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 (PDF) which is an update to the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). The updates to the GPRA can be found on the USGS Strategic Plan website.
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