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03/31/2014
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

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01/17/2014
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.

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01/17/2014
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.

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10/17/2013
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.

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4/23/2013
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.

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9/28/2012
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.

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4/24/2012
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.

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4/16/2012
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 [2013] 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.

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2/13/2012
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.

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2/13/2012
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.

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12/29/2011
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.

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12/19/2011
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.

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12/19/2011
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.

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11/21/2011
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.

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11/21/2011
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.

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10/06/2011
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.

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10/03/2011
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.

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7/13/2011
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.

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5/13/2011
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.

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4/15/2011
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.

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4/11/2011
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.

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3/21/2011
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.

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3/17/2011
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).

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3/10/2011
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.

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3/7/2011
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.

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1/26/2011
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.

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1/26/2011
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).

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1/6/2011
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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