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12/22/2010
4th Continuing Resolution for FY 2011 to fund Government until March 4th

On December 21st, Congress passed a fourth Continuing Resolution to fund the Federal government for FY 2011 through March 4, 2011. Under the Continuing Resolution, programs are not to start new projects.

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12/20/2010
Another Continuing Resolution for FY 2011 until December 21st

On December 17th, Congress passed yet another Continuing Resolution to fund the Federal Government for FY 2011 through December 21st. Under the Continuing Resolution, programs are not to start new projects.

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12/6/2010
Continuing Resolution Extended to December 18th

On December 2nd, Congress passed an extension to the Continuing Resolution to fund the Federal Government through December 18th. Under the Continuing Resolution, programs are not to start new projects.

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11/22/2010
FY 2010 DOI Agency Financial Report Released

The FY 2010 Agency Financial Report (PDF) provides important financial and performance information for the Department of the Interior (DOI). It is one of DOI's principal publications and reports to Congress and the American people on the stewardship, management, and leadership of the public funds entrusted to us.  For the fourteenth straight year, the consolidated financial statements in this report received a clean (unqualified) opinion from an independent auditing firm. In FY 2010, DOI had no material weaknesses.

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11/19/2010
Jack Lew Confirmed as Director of the Office of Management and Budget

On Thursday, November 18th, the Senate voted to confirm Jack Lew as the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Lew was previously the Director of the Office of Management in Budget during the Clinton administration.

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11/09/2010
Office of Budget, Planning, and Integration Realignment

The Office of Budget and Performance recently restructured its office to support the efforts of USGS Science Strategy and the related management realignment within USGS. We have a new name: the Office of Budget, Planning, and Integration (BPI). This is to support and highlight the functions associated with the integration of budget formulation and execution, strategic and budget planning, and organizational analysis.

BPI includes three separate teams: Budget Team, Planning Team, and the Integration Team. The Budget Team will lead the effort in budget formulation; budget planning; and develop budget materials. Pam Haverland will continue as the Budget Officer. The Planning Team will collect performance information; coordinate strategic planning; assist in science strategy planning and operation planning; coordinate activity based costing; and assist in customer satisfaction. Jason Freihage continues as Planning Officer. The Integration Team will conduct organizational analyses; coordinate internal controls and working capital fund; conduct budget execution activities, and perform data systems synthesis. Katie McCulloch is the Integration Officer and is new to USGS, previously serving as the Budget Officer for the DOI Office of the Secretary. All will continue to lead the coordination of and response to information requests received from the Department, OMB and the Appropriations Committees and Staff.

We look forward to working with all of USGS in advancing the USGS mission areas.

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11/08/2010
New Integration Officer in the USGS Office of Budget, Planning, and Integration

Katherine (Katie) McCulloch is the new Integration Officer in the USGS Office of Budget, Planning, and Integration.† Most recently she worked in Washington, D.C., as the Budget Officer for the Office of the Secretary at the Department of the Interior, and for the Department of Energy as a lead budget analyst and Budget Officer for various program offices.† Previously, she worked at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Arlington, Virginia, as a budget analyst in the Corporate Budget Office.† Prior to her Federal career, Katie worked as a consultant for BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting, Inc.) and Booz-Allen & Hamilton.† Katie has a bachelorís degree in Finance from Pennsylvania State University.

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10/07/2010
Continuing Resolution Through December 3rd

On September 29th, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the Federal Government through December 3rd. President Obama signed it into Public Law on September 30th (P.L. 111-242). Under the Continuing Resolution, programs are not to start new projects.

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7/22/2010
House Appropriations Subcommittee Mark on the FY 2011 President's Budget request

On Thursday July 22nd, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment & Related Agencies marked up the Fiscal Year 2011 Appropriations Bill.

As a whole, the Department of the Interior received $22 million more than what was requested in the President's Budget. For USGS, the mark was $17 million more than the President's Budget. However, fixed costs will need to be absorbed in 2011 according to the mark.

The next step in the budget process will be for the subcommittee must vote on the mark up. For more information, please go to the House Appropriations website.

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7/22/2010
House Appropriations Committee decides 302(b) Allocations for Fiscal Year 2011

The House Appropriations Committee designated 302(b) allocations for its subcommittees on Wednesday July 23rd for Fiscal Year 2011. The Interior-Environment subcommittee received $32.24 billion which is $134 million less than what was in the President's request. Overall, the House Appropriations Committee designated $1.28 trillion in discretionary funding for the 12 subcommittees which is a $14.5 billion reduction to the President's request.

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3/29/2010
FY 2011: USGS Director testified before House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

On March 10, 2010, USGS Director Dr. Marcia McNutt testified on the 2011 budget request before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. Testimony included the following:

"The 2011 budget request reflects our ability to address a vast array of natural-resource and natural-science issues facing the Nation. This budget provides new funding to address several important Administration and Secretarial priorities including renewable energy, climate change, water resources, and treasured landscapes. The Administration's 2011 budget proposal for the USGS focuses on issues of national importance and ensures the USGS maintains the expertise necessary to address the scientific and societal challenges that face us today in addition to those that will arise in the months and years ahead."

The Acting Director's prepared statement is available online  (PDF).

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2/2/2010
Department of the Interior's FY 2009 Annual Performance Report and Agency Financial Report are Now Available

The Department of the Interior's FY 2009 Annual Performance Report (APR) and the Agency Financial Report (AFR) provides an overview of performance information for the Department and bureaus (e.g., USGS, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, etc.). The APR and AFR are the Department of the Interior's principal publication and report to Congress and the American people on our stewardship, management, and leadership of the public funds entrusted to us. The APR and AFR use objective, quantifiable measures to evaluate bureau and departmental performance in achieving goals and objectives in carrying out the Departmentís missions.

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2/1/2010
FY 2011 USGS Budget Released

Today, USGS Director Dr. Marcia McNutt, Director of the USGS Office of Budget and Performance Carla Burzyk, and other members of the USGS leadership were available to answer questions about proposed changes in the USGS budget from partners, stakeholders, and customers. Many of these questions dealt with the major USGS budget initiatives such as New Energy Frontier, Climate Change Adaptation, WaterSMART Program, and Treasured Landscapes. News releases, the Department's Budget in Brief, USGS budget tables, and other documents used to describe the USGS Budget are available on-line.

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1/25/2010
Delay of the DOI Strategic Plan Revision

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has decided to delay publishing the revised DOI Strategic Plan until later this fiscal year. The DOI would like to spend more time evaluating the framework and performance measures. While the statutory mission of DOI has not changed, the Strategic Plan will evolve to reflect both President Barack Obama and DOI Secretary Ken Salazar's priorities, the missions of the DOI bureaus, and are suitable for DOI stakeholders and the general public.

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11/30/2009
FY 2011 Funding Passback from OMB

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) began their consideration of the FY 2011 budget and performance request in September 2009. OMB issues its decisions in the form of a "passback," traditionally released the end of November each year. FY 2011 passback for the Department of the Interior and its bureaus was released on November 30, 2009.

During December, negotiations between OMB and the Department will refine the initial passback. Results of these deliberations form the basis of the FY 2011 President's Budget request (a.k.a., Greenbook), due to Congress on February 1, 2010. Specific President's budget and performance information will be released then.

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11/17/2009
New USGS Planning and Performance Management Team Officer

Jason Freihage is the new Planning and Performance Management Officer in the USGS Office of Budget and Performance. Most recently he worked for the Committee on the Budget at the House of Representatives where he was a budget analyst covering Agriculture, Science and Technology, and Environment and Natural Resource programs . Previously, Jason served as the OMB budget examiner for International Affairs programs and Department of the Interior programs, including the USGS. He also served as a rural extensionist with the Peace Corps in Cape Verde, West Africa. Jason has a Master of Policy Sciences from UMBC and has an undergraduate degree from Guilford College.

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10/30/2009
FY 2010 Interior Appropriation Bill Signed by President Obama

On Friday, October 30th, President Obama signed the FY 2010 Interior appropriation bill (Public Law no. 111-88). This bill of approximately $32.24 billion provides funding to the Department of the Interior through September 30, 2010. The USGS received a budget of approximately $1.1 billion. For updated USGS funding tables, please go to the OBP Funding Table web page.

Also attached to this bill is a Continuing Resolution for all continuing projects and activities of the Federal Government who do not have enacted appropriations bills. This second Continuing Resolution provides funding through December 18th.

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10/29/2009
House/Senate Conference Completed for Interior-Environment FY 2010 Appropriation Bill

The FY 2010 Interior-Environment appropriation bill went to Conference this past week where the House and Senate discussed their differences on the appropriation bill. The Conference report can be found here (PDF).

The Continuing Resolution ends Saturday. There will either be another Continuing Resolution or the appropriation bill will be passed.

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10/1/2009
Continuing Resolution Passed for the Month of October

On Wednesday September 30, the Senate passed a month long continuing resolution. The President signed the continuing resolution on Wednesday September 30 as well. The House had approved the continuing resolution on September 25.

Conference on the Fiscal Year 2010 Interior-Environment bill will occur over the next couple of weeks.

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9/28/2009
Continuing Resolution Expected for October

On Friday September 25, the House passed a month long continuing resolution. The Senate is expected to pass the continuing resolution on Wednesday September 30. The President is expected to the continuing resolution on Wednesday. The 2010 Fiscal Year begins on October 1st.

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9/24/2009
Senate Passes FY 2010 Interior Funding Bill

On Thursday, September 24, the Senate passed a $32.1 billion Interior-Environment bill for Fiscal Year 2010. The bill was passed with a vote of 77-21. The House had passed their version of the Interior-Environment bill on June 26th. The House and Senate bills will now go to Conference which is expected to occur over the next few weeks.

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9/15/2009
DOI Requests Public Comment on Strategic Plan Revision

The DOI has published a notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment for the Strategic Plan Revision. The public comment period is for 60 days and the DOI needs to receive all comments by November 10th. For more information, please read the DOI News Release. To review the plan, please go to the DOI Strategic Plan Web site.

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9/14/2009
Senate to Discuss Fiscal Year 2010 Funding

The USGS (and the rest of DOI) still has not been appropriated funds for the 2010 fiscal year beginning on October 1st. The Senate is expected to discuss the 2010 spending bill for DOI within the next few weeks. At this time, the Senate has already passed 5 2010 appropriation bills while the House has approved all 12 appropriation bills. There is the possibility of a Continuing Resolution having to be passed in order to fund federal agencies beginning on October 1st and also allow the Senate to have more time to discuss the various remaining appropriation bills.

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6/27/2009
House Passes Funding Levels for Fiscal Year 2010

On Friday, June 26th, the House voted to approve House Appropriations committee version of the Fiscal Year 2010 Interior-Environment appropriations bill with a vote of 254-173. The next steps include the Senate voting on their version of the Fiscal Year 2010 Interior-Environment appropriations bill and then the House and Senate going to conference. No date has been scheduled yet for the Senate floor vote.

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6/24/2009
Anne Castle Confirmed as DOI Assistant Secretary for Water and Science

On June 19th, the Senate confirmed Anne Caste as the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science. For the full story, please read the DOI news release.

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6/23/2009
Senate Subcommittee Mark on FY 2010 Funding

The Senate subcommittee on Interior-Environment approved $32.1 billion in FY 2010 for the Department of the Interior. This is a decrease from the President's budget request. However, the proposed bill is an increase $4.5 billion from the FY 2009 funding level. More specifically, the USGS has a funding level of $1.044 billion which is a slight decrease from the President's Budget request. Even so, this FY 2010 funding level is $60.5 million above the FY 2009 funding level.

The full Senate appropriations committee markup will occur Thursday June 25th.

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6/19/2009
Senate Appropriations Committee decides 302(b) Allocations for Fiscal Year 2010

The Senate Appropriations Committee designated 302(b) allocations for its subcommittees the week of June 14th. The Interior-Environment subcommittee received $32.1 billion which is an increase from $27.6 billion in Fiscal Year 2009. The Interior and Environment bill subcommittee markup will on June 23rd.

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6/23/2009
OMB Deputy Director of Management/Chief Performance Officer Confirmed

On Friday, June 19th, the Senate unanimously confirmed Jeffrey Zients as Deputy Director of Management/Chief Performance Officer at the Office of Management and Budget. President Barack Obama announced Zients as his nomination for OMB Deputy Director of Management/Chief Performance Officer in mid-April. Zients comes to this position with twenty years of business experience as a CEO, management consultant, and entrepreneur.

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6/22/2009
House Appropriations Committee Sends Interior Bill to the House Floor

The FY 2010 Interior bill sent to the House floor has a funding of $10.97 billion which is a decrease from the President's Budget request. However, the proposed bill is an increase of $897 million from FY 2009 funding level. More specifically, the USGS has a funding level of $1.1 billion in the bill. This is $8 million above the President's Budget request but it is approxiamately $78 million below the 2009 funding level.

Floor action on the Interior bill is expected to begin this Thursday, June 25th.

The full text of the bill can be found here (PDF).

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6/10/2009
House Appropriations Committee decides 302(b) Allocations for Fiscal Year 2010

The House Appropriations Committee designated 302(b) allocations for its subcommittees on Tuesday June 9th for Fiscal Year 2010. The Interior-Environment subcommittee received $32.2 billion which is an increase from $27.9 billion in Fiscal Year 2009. The Interior and Environment bill (will full committee markup) will occur on June 18th with a vote on the House floor June 25th or 26th.

Overall, the House Appropriations Committee designated $1.086 trillion in discretionary funding for the 12 subcommittees.

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6/3/2009
FY 2010: USGS Acting Director testified before House Appropriations Subcommittee

On May 21, 2009, USGS Acting Director Suzette Kimball testified on the 2010 budget request before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of the Interior and Environment. Testimony included the following:

"The Administration's 2010 budget proposal for the USGS focuses on issues of national importance and ensures that USGS maintains the expertise necessary to address the scientific and societal challenges that will arise in the months and years ahead. The budget enhances USGS efforts in support of key Administration and departmental priorities such as the New Energy Frontier, 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps, and Climate Impacts. It continues strong efforts to ensure the availability of crucial data and research results to governmental, academic, commercial, and international users."

The Acting Director's prepared statement is available (Word).

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5/21/2009
FY 2008 USGS Performance and Accountability Report now available on line

The USGS 2008 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) provides overview financial and performance information for the USGS and is the Agency's principal publication and report to Congress and the American people on our stewardship, management, and leadership of the public funds entrusted to us. For the fourth consecutive year, the independent CPA firm selected by the Inspector General has issued a clean (unqualified) opinion on the bureau's consolidated financial statements. USGS met or exceeded the representative measures monitored by the Department and 87% of the 109 measures that were tracked in 2008. This does not include the two measures that were rebaselined.

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5/20/2009
Suh Confirmed by Senate as DOI Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget

"Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today lauded the U.S. Senateís confirmation of Rhea S. Suh as Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, the top official overseeing financial, administrative and programmatic policy for the Department." For the full story, please read the DOI news release.

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5/7/2009
FY 2010 USGS Budget Released

Today, USGS Acting Director Suzette Kimball addressed Director of the USGS Office of Budget and Performance Carla Burzyk, and other members of the USGS leadership were available to answer questions about proposed changes in the USGS budget from partners, stakeholders, and customers. Many of these questions dealt with the major USGS budget initiatives such as A New Energy Frontier, A 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps, and Climate Impacts. News releases, the Department's Budget in Brief, USGS budget tables, and other documents used to describe the USGS Budget are available on-line.

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4/28/2009
2009 First Quarter ABC Data Available

2009 1st Quarter ABC data is now available. You will also find a range of ABC data in the form of pie charts and spreadsheets dating back to 2005 at this site.

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4/20/2009
Office of Management and Budget Chief Performance Officer and Deputy Director of Management Nominated

On Saturday, April 18th, President Barack Obama announced Jeffrey D. Zients as his nomination for Chief Performance Officer. This new position is designed to bring reform and change to the federal government through performance management. Zients will also be the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget which was Clay Johnson's position during the George W. Bush Administration. Zients comes to this position with twenty years of business experience as a CEO, management consultant, and entrepreneur. Nancy Killefer was previously nominated for these positions but withdrew her name from the process.

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4/3/2009
2010 Congressional Budget Resolutions

The House and Senate approved Fiscal Year 2010 budget resolutions on Thursday, April 2, 2009. When Congress comes back from Easter break (April 20th), the Senate and House will have conference action on the two different resolutions (302 (b) allocations). 302(b) allocation is the amount of discretionary funding that the appropriations subcommittees will have to use when they pass their appropriations bill.

The House budget resolution was passed (233-196) with a total of $3.6 trillion in 2010. The Senate budget resolution was passed (55-43) with a total of $3.53 trillion in 2010.

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3/12/2009
USGS 2009 Omnibus bill signed

On March 11, 2009, the President signed the 2009 Omnibus bill, thereby enacting funding for most of the Federal Government, including the Department of the Interior and USGS. The USGS received $1,043,803 for 2009.

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3/6/2009
Short Term Continuing Resolution until March 11
Congress passed and President Obama signed a Continuing Resolution today that continues operations of Government programs through March 11. Congress has until midnight March 11 to make a decision on funding for FY 2009.

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2/25/09
Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Blueprint Released to Public

The Office of Management and Budget has released the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Blueprint (PDF) and the Department of the Interior Fact Sheet on the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Highlights (PDF). A more extensive Fiscal Year 2010 Federal budget will be released in April.

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2/5/09
Office of Management and Budget Chief Performance Officer Nominee Withdraws Name

On Tuesday, February 4, Nancy Killefer, the Obama administration's nominee for chief performance officer and deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, withdrew her name from consideration. At this time, no one else has nominated for this position.

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1/21/09
2008 USGS Fall Updates Performance Information (PART) Posted on www.ExpectMore.gov

The USGS Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) performance data have been updated on www.ExpectMore.gov. Updates were made to USGS performance measures and funding to reflect the 2008 actual performance and the 2009-2013 target performance. Updates were also made to the 30 PART improvement plans that were finished FY 2008 and the 28 planned for FY 2009. In 2006, USGS had completed the 5-year cycle of evaluations using the PART with all programs rating moderately effective or better. These collaborative assessments were conducted with the Office of Management and Budget in support of the Federal Budget process to help Federal agencies produce results and help the American people understand Federal programs. USGS programs continue to improve as USGS continues to implement improvement plans tracking milestones and performance measures.

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1/9/09
Office of Management and Budget Chief Performance Officer Nominated

On Wednesday January 7th, President-elect Barack Obama announced his choice as Nancy Killefer as the new chief performance officer. This new position is designed to bring reform and change to the federal government through performance management. Killefer will also be the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget which was Clay Johnson's position during the George W. Bush Administration. Killefer comes with plenty of experience to the job as she most recently was a senior director at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. During the Clinton administration, she was also an assistant secretary at the Department of Treasury. Killefer's nomination will need to be approved by the Senate.

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11/17/08
Department's FY 2008 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) Now Available

The Department of the Interior's FY 2008 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) provides an overview of financial and performance information for the Department and bureaus (e.g., USGS, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, etc.). The PAR is the Agency's principal publication and report to Congress and the American people on our stewardship, management, and leadership of the public funds entrusted to us. For the twelfth straight year, the consolidated financial statements in this report received a clean (unqualified) opinion from an independent auditing firm. The PAR uses objective, quantifiable measures to evaluate bureau and departmental performance in achieving goals and objectives in carrying out the Department’s missions and the President’s Management Agenda. The DOI PAR is the first to integrate performance and costs, providing an unprecedented level of government transparency, and offers a more accessible and understandable analysis to the American people -- to whom we are ultimately responsible.

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11/10/08
Continuing Resolution Provides Funding to Continue Operations

The USGS will be functioning under a Continuing Resolution (CR) (P.L. 110-329) through midnight March 6, 2009. USGS can continue mission operations at the 2008 funding level, but cannot start any new projects or activities or expand activities that have been proposed for increases and should proceed with caution on any existing activities that are proposed to be eliminated or decreased in the 2009 budget request, realizing that the Congress has yet to pass legislation for the entire year.

Under this CR, USGS total spending level is $432,924,000 (43.01 percent of $1,006,480,000).

The 1st Continuing Resolution is H.R. 2638 / Public Law 110-329, Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009 (Sept. 30, 2008; 122 Stat. 3574; 143 pages) can be found at the Library of Congress’s Thomas web site: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:H.R.2638.enr:

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09/19/08
2008 Third Quarter ABC Data Available

2008 4th Quarter ABC data is now available. You will also find a range of ABC data in the form of pie charts and spreadsheets dating back to 2005 at this site.

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09/12/08
2008 USGS Spring Updates Performance Information (PART) Posted on www.ExpectMore.gov

The USGS Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) performance data have been updated on www.ExpectMore.gov. Updates were made to USGS performance measures and funding to reflect the 2008 current target performance, 2009 plan, and 2010 proposed performance with the President's Budget request. Updates were also made to the 30 PART improvement plans planned for FY 2008. In 2006, USGS had completed the 5-year cycle of evaluations using the PART and USGS continues to focus on continuous improvement through the improvement plans and performance measures. All USGS PART programs have been rated “Effective” or "Moderately Effective." These collaborative assessments are conducted with the Office of Management and Budget in support of the Federal Budget process to help Federal agencies produce results and help the American people understand Federal programs. The Office of Management and Budget plans on publishing one final update to the PART information in January.

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July 31, 2008
2009 USGS Budget Update
For our 2009 budget [or appropriation]: Usually at this time of year, the House and Senate are working on "marking up" our appropriations bill in response to the President's Budget request. For the 2009 appropriation, this process has been delayed. While Interior has an unofficial "mark" from the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, neither the House nor the Senate has officially "marked up" the Interior bill. The current buzz is that we will enter fiscal year 2009 under a "continuing resolution" which will allow us to continue operating at our 2008 enacted appropriation level.

While the 2009 budget request is under consideration by the Congress, OBP is preparing 2010 budget information for the Department and OMB. This is a transition year for the executive branch since regardless of the outcome of the election on November 4; a new administration will assume office on January 20, 2009. Work this summer is to prepare information that will be used by the transition team of the new administration. The official 2010 budget request will be developed starting in late January and will be submitted to Congress in early April (in normal years, the budget request is submitted to Congress on the first Monday in February).

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February 4, 2008
FY 2009 USGS Budget Roll-out
Today, following the Interior Secretary's press conference on release of the 2009 President's Budget, USGS Director Mark Myers addressed the press and was available to answer questions related to the major USGS budget initiatives such as Water for America, Birds Forever, Healthy Lands, Ocean and Coastal Frontiers, Climate Change, and National Land Imaging. News releases, the Department's Budget in Brief, USGS budget tables, and other documents used to describe the USGS budget are available on-line.

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February 4, 2008
2009 USGS Performance Information (PART) Posted on www.ExpectMore.gov
The USGS Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) performance data have been updated on www.ExpectMore.gov. Updates were made to USGS performance measures and funding to reflect the 2007 actual performance, 2008 plan, and 2009 proposed performance with the President's Budget request. Improvement plans are posted for 2008. To date, 63 follow-up actions have been completed and 30 follow-up actions are planned for 2008. USGS has completed the 5-year cycle of evaluations using the PART, and all USGS PART programs have been rated “Effective” or "Moderately Effective." These collaborative assessments are conducted with the Office of Management and Budget in support of the Federal Budget process to help Federal agencies produce results and help the American people understand Federal programs.

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January 23, 2008
FY 2007 USGS Performance and Accountability Report now available on line

The USGS 2007 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) provides overview financial and performance information for the USGS and is the Agency's principal publication and report to Congress and the American people on our stewardship, management, and leadership of the public funds entrusted to us. For the third consecutive year, the independent CPA firm selected by the Inspector General has issued a clean (unqualified) opinion on the bureau's consolidated financial statements; this is the best possible audit result. USGS met or exceeded (within +/- 5%) the representative measures monitored by the Department and 90.5% of the 106 measures that were tracked in 2007. This does not include measures rebaselined or lacking opportunity to perform.

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December 31, 2007
USGS 2008 Budget Tops $1 Billion

On December 26, 2007, the President signed the 2008 Omnibus bill, thereby enacting funding for most of the Federal Government, including the Department of the Interior and USGS. Of note: for FY 2008, USGS budget line items have 2-year budget authority, except satellites and deferred maintenance, which have no-year funding. An across-the-board cut was levied against the bill; however, even with the cut, this is the first time that USGS appropriations topped the billion dollar mark at $1,006,482.

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December 31, 2007
FY 2009 Passback

The Department and USGS have received OMB approval of funding levels for the 2009 President's Budget, which is due to Congress the first week in February.

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November 27, 2007
Department's FY 2007 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) now available on line

The Department of the Interior's FY 2007 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) provides an overview of financial and performance information for the Department and bureaus (e.g., USGS, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, etc.). The PAR is the Agency's principal publication and report to Congress and the American people on our stewardship, management, and leadership of the public funds entrusted to us. For the eleventh straight year, the consolidated financial statements in this report received a clean (unqualified) opinion from an independent auditing firm. The PAR uses objective, quantifiable measures to evaluate bureau and departmental performance in achieving goals and objectives in carrying out the Department’s missions and the President’s Management Agenda. The DOI PAR is the first to integrate performance and costs, providing an unprecedented level of government transparency, and offers a more accessible and understandable analysis to the American people -- to whom we are ultimately responsible.

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November 7, 2007
Listen to Office of Budget and Performance Director, Carla Burzyk on Federal News Radio's "Ask the CFO"

A Federal News Radio interview with Carl Burzyk aired on October 25, 2007. Federal News Radio has this to say:

"USGS might not be the first agency to come to mind when you think about the fires ravaging California or the drought plaguing the Southeast but these natural events do have an impact on its budget. Burzyk says events such as these may force USGS scientists to shift gears or go into the field to collect vital data. While those sorts of contingencies are taken into account, she says there is only so much flexibility that can be built into the process and that there is, at times, a need to ask Congress for supplemental appropriations. Burzyk says that makes it all the more important to make sure the financial books are in order." (Permission to reprint from Federal News Radio received November 6, 2007.)

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August 15, 2007
USGS New Budget Officer—Pam Haverland

Effective August 19, 2007, Pam Haverland assumes the duties of USGS Budget Officer. Pam, a native Missourian, graduated with a BS in Mathematics from Southwest Missouri State University and a MS in Statistics from Oklahoma State. She began her career in natural resources in 1979 with the Missouri Department of Conservation as a Fisheries Biometrician in Fisheries Research. In 1992 she moved to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Columbia National Fisheries Research Center as a statistician. Pam joined the USGS in 1996 as a Branch Chief at the Columbia Environmental Research Center. More recently, Pam served as the USGS Central Region Budget Officer and then as the Acting Deputy Regional Director. In March 2007, Pam joined the Office of Budget and Performance as the Regional Officer.

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August 13, 2007
New OMB Examiner for USGS

The new OMB Examiner for the USGS is Charlie Stern, who earned a BA in History and Political Science and is a graduate of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Masters in Public Administration in May 2007. At the LBJ School, Charlie concentrated in Natural Resource Policy, conducting research in areas such as carbon capture and sequestration, water banking, and environmental management. Before joining OMB, he also served as an intern for the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress, where his work included reports on the Bureau of Reclamation and the Army Corps of Engineers. Charlie is a native of the small farming community of Hutto, Texas, and his hobbies include soccer, running, and camping. In addition to his primary accounts with the USGS and Office of Insular Affairs, Charlie will be working as the backup examiner for the Fish and Wildlife Service.

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July 13, 2007
Onley Assumes Duties of Asssitant Secretary for Water and Science

"Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced today [July 13, 2007] that Kameran L. Onley will assume responsibilities of the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, effective immediately. She takes over the duties of assistant secretary from Mark Limbaugh, who left for the private sector." For the full story, please read the DOI news release and Director Mark Myers 7/19/07 memo on "Departure of U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary Mark Limbaugh".

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June 28, 2007
FY 2008 House and Senate Appropriations Action

The House Appropriations Committee has recommended funding the USGS at $1.033 billion, an increase of $57.8 million over the President's Budget and $50 million over the FY 2007 Enacted funding (not including supplemental funding). This recommendation was approved in a vote by the full House on June 26.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has recommended funding the USGS at $1.009 billion, an increase of $34.9 million over the President's Budget and $15.7 million over the FY 2007 Enacted funding (not including supplemental funding). This recommendation will receive a vote by the full Senate some time after the July 4 recess.

As part of House action on the FY 2008 Revised President's Budget Request, appropriation language proposes that the majority of the funding appropriated to the USGS be 2-year funding, except for satellite operations and facilities, which are proposed to be no-year funding. The Senate version of the bill does not contain this provision.

To see a series of tables that depict the current view of the USGS FY 2008 Congressional Action, go to: 
FY 2008 Budget Funding Tables

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May 25, 2007
2009 Budget Submission to the Department

The USGS has submitted the 2009 budget request to the Department of the Interior, for consideration by the Secretary. The Secretary is scheduled to release final decisions to the bureaus by August 1, and then bureaus will prepare their 2009 budget estimates for submittal to the Office of Management and Budget on September 10.

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April 25, 2007
FY 2007 Operating Plan Highlights

Spending limits for appropriated dollars for the fiscal year ending September 2007 were specified in the full-year continuing resolution (CR; H.J. Res. 20) passed by Congress and signed by the President in mid February 2007. The CR required that agencies develop an "Operating Plan" within 30 days of passage of the bill. Funds are being allocated according to the plan approved by the Department, OMB, and the Congress, and the allocation process at USGS is well underway. To see a high-level view of the USGS FY 2007 Operating Plan, go to:  FY 2007 Operating Plan  (Excel)

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March 14, 2007
FY 2008: USGS Director testified before House Appropriations Subcommittee

On March 9, 2007, USGS Director Mark Myers testified on the 2008 budget request before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of the Interior and Environment. Testimony included the following:

"The FY 2008 Administration's budget proposal continues to focus USGS research on issues of societal relevance, while reflecting the President's commitment to reduce the deficit and balance the Federal budget by 2012. It ensures that USGS maintains the expertise to help address the scientific and societal challenges that will arise in the months and years ahead. The budget strengthens USGS efforts in support of key Administration priorities, such as the Healthy Lands Initiative and the Ocean Action Plan, and it maintains strong efforts to ensure continued availability of Earth observation data to government, academic, commercial, and international users, to reduce the human and environmental costs of natural disasters, and to provide the fundamental research and monitoring needed to address increasing concerns about climate change."

The Director's entire testimony is available on the Department's budget site.   (PDF Format)

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February 22, 2007
2006 USGS performance assessments (PART) posted on www.ExpectMore.gov

The first 5-year cycle of evaluations using the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) has concluded for USGS. The Coastal and Marine Geology program was the tenth and final USGS program to be evaluated, and the program maintained USGS' exceptional rating record of "moderately effective." Scores for all PARTed programs are now available on www.ExpectMore.gov. These independent assessments are conducted by the Office of Management and Budget in support of the Federal Budget process to help Federal agencies produce results and help the American people understand Federal programs. This final evaluation supports the FY 2008 Budget Request submitted to Congress February 5, 2007.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR PROGRAMS

USGS PROGRAMS

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February 15, 2007
FY 2007: Congressional Action: fourth Continuing Resolution signed 02/15/07

On February 15, 2007, the President signed a fourth and final continuing resolution (H.J. Res. 20: Making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2007)to fund the government through September 30, the end of fiscal 2007. The USGS funding is $977.6 million, and USGS officials are working with the Department and OMB to develop an operating plan that will include details on funding by program, as well as guidance on prior year earmarks and support for the payraise.

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February 5, 2007
FY 2008 President's Budget released

Today, following the Interior Secretary's press conference on release of the 2008 President's Budget, USGS Director Mark Myers addressed the press and was available to answer questions related to budget highlights such as a Healthy Lands Initiative in Wyoming, efforts in support of the President's Ocean Action Plan, a hazards mitigation initiative, improvements at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, and enhancements to the National Streamgaging Network. News releases, the Department's Budget in Brief, USGS budget tables, and other documents are available here.

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February 2, 2007
FY 2006 USGS Performance and Accountability Report now available on line

The USGS FY 2006 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) (9.0 MB PDF) provides overview financial and performance information for the USGS and is the Agency's principal publication and report to Congress and the American people on our stewardship, management, and leadership of the public funds entrusted to us. For the third consecutive year, the independent CPA firm selected by the Inspector General has issued a clean (unqualified) opinion on the bureau's consolidated financial statements; this is the best possible audit result. USGS met or exceeded (within +/- 5%) 100% of the 19 performance measures tracked for the Department and 94% of all 154 performance measures tracked by the Bureau.

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January 11, 2007
Revised DOI GPRA Strategic Plan Fiscal Year 2007 - 2012 now available on line

The Department of the Interior's Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year 2007-2012 (3.97 MB Word) has been revised in fulfillment of provisions of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA). The GPRA plan continues to integrate and align bureau responsibilities under four major mission goal areas and reinforces our commitment to achieving results through the use of rigorous performance measures and management excellence. For USGS, a single science goal has been created for each of our mission areas (Resource Protection, Resource Use, and Serving Communities). Energy and Minerals remain in Resource Use, but now in a science goal, and Geologic Hazards remain in Serving Communities. The "Advance knowledge" end outcome goal in Serving Communities in the previous plan has been consolidated with the Biology Research intermediate outcomes from the previous plan in a single Resource Protection science end outcome goal. This array simplifies most of the multidisciplinary science issues by integrating most programs in a single goal (Resource Protection)

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December 11, 2006
FY 2007: Congressional Action: THIRD Continuing Resolution signed 12/09/06

SUMMARY: Amends the second Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2007 (Public Law 109-289, division B) to extend until February 15, 2007.

Under the first three Continuing Resolutions this year, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) interpreted the funding level to be determined by selecting the lower of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 "current rate" (see below) funding versus the FY 2007 House passed rate at the level of account and funds availability (one-year, multi-year, and no-year funding). However, late last week, OMB changed its decision and determined that the allocations would be calculated at the account level and NOT by funds availability. Therefore, the U.S.Geological Survey's FY 2007 funding under the third Continuing Resolution will be based on the FY 2006 "current rate."

For rules governing the calculation of "current rate," see the attachment to OMB Bulletin 06-04.  (59 KB PDF)

H.J.RES.102
Title: Making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2007, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lewis, Jerry [CA-41] (introduced 12/7/2006)
Related Bills: H.RES.1105

MAJOR ACTIONS:

12/7/2006   Introduced in House
12/8/2006   Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 370 - 20 (Roll no. 540).
12/9/2006   Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
12/9/2006   Signed by President
12/9/2006   Became Public Law No: 109-383

For more information about Congressional action on this and other bills, go to the Library of Congress Congressional Web site:  THOMAS.

Related Documents:
OBP FY 2007
DOI Budget Office
Thomas
Bill Track   (Excel document)

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December 1, 2006
Department's Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) now available on line.

The Department of the Interior's FY 2006 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR), provides overview financial and performance information for the Department and bureaus (e.g., USGS, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, etc.). The PAR is the Agency's principal publication and report to Congress and the American people on our stewardship, management, and leadership of the public funds entrusted to us.† For the tenth straight year, the consolidated financial statements in this report received a clean (unqualified) opinion from an independent auditing firm.

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December 1, 2006
FY 2008: Office of Management and Budget Passback

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) began their consideration of the FY 2008 budget and performance request in September 2006. OMB issues its decisions in the form of a "passback," traditionally released the end of November each year. FY 2008 passback for the Department of the Interior and its bureaus was released on November 27, 2006.

During December, negotiations between OMB and the Department will refine the initial passback. Results of these deliberations form the basis of the FY 2008 President´s Budget request (a.k.a., Greenbook), due to Congress the first week of February 2007. Specific President´s budget and performance information will be released then.

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November 20, 2006
FY 2007: Congressional Action: Second Continuing Resolution signed 11/17/06

USGS operations for FY 2007 are authorized until December 8, 2006, under a second Continuing Resolution  (CR; signed 11/19/06):

109th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. J. RES. 100
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
November 15, 2006


Received
JOINT RESOLUTION

Making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2007, and for other purposes.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2007 (Public Law 109-289, division B) is amended by striking the date specified in section 106(3) and inserting `December 8, 2006'.

Passed the House of Representatives November 15, 2006.

11/16/2006:
      Presented to President.
11/17/2006:
      Signed by President.
11/17/2006:
      Became Public Law No: 109-369.

For more information about Congressional action on this and other bills, go to the Library of Congress Congressional Web site:  THOMAS.

Related Documents:

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October 6, 2006
Happy Fiscal New Year

Fiscal Year 2007 began October 1, 2006, and since action on the Department of the Interior bill has not been completed, USGS operations are authorized to continue until midnight November 17, 2006, under a Continuing Resolution (CR; signed 9/29/06). The CR, passed as Division B of the 2007 Defense Department bill (H.R. 5631), provides FY 2007 continuing appropriations for Agriculture, Energy-Water, Foreign Operations, Homeland Security, Interior-Environment, Labor-HHS-Education, Legislative Branch, Military Construction-Military Quality-Veterans Affairs, Science-State-Justice-Commerce, Transportation-Treasury-HUD-Judiciary, and DC appropriations. The CR provides funding at the lower of the FY 2006 funding rate or the House-passed appropriation bill (H.R. 5386).

To see the text of HR 5631 and HR 5386, go to the Library of Congress' Status of Appropriations and scroll to Defense and Interior, respectively.

News Releases (e.g., USGS, DOI, Congress):

Related Documents:

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August 25, 2006
Comment Period for the Department's Revised Strategic Plan ends October 25, 2006

The Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 requires updating of agency performance plans every three years. The current Department of the Interior Strategic Plan was published in FY 2003 covering years FY 2003-2008. The revised draft plan covers FY 2007-2012 The Department of the Interior is seeking public comment on the draft and is holding public meetings announced in the Federal Register.

Interior is specifically interested in viewpoints on effective quantitative, outcome-oriented performance measures for science (both in terms of the applications of science and of advancing knowledge in natural resource areas).

Now is the time to be heard.

The draft plan, Federal Register Notice and Public Meeting schedule is posted on http://www.doi.gov/. E-mail comments on the plan to GPRAplancomments@ios.doi.gov.

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August 25, 2006
Comment Period for the Department's Revised Strategic Plan ends October 25, 2006

The Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 requires updating of agency performance plans every three years. The current Department of the Interior Strategic Plan was published in FY 2003 covering years FY 2003-2008. The revised draft plan covers FY 2007-2012 The Department of the Interior is seeking public comment on the draft and is holding public meetings announced in the Federal Register.

Interior is specifically interested in viewpoints on effective quantitative, outcome-oriented performance measures for science (both in terms of the applications of science and of advancing knowledge in natural resource areas).

Now is the time to be heard.

The draft plan, Federal Register Notice and Public Meeting schedule is posted on http://www.doi.gov/. E-mail comments on the plan to GPRAplancomments@ios.doi.gov.

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August 24, 2006
Redesign of the Budget and Performance Web Site

 


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