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The mission of the U.S. Geological Survey is to provide biological, geologic, topographic, and hydrologic information that contributes to the wise management of the Nation's natural resources and promotes the health, safety, and well being of the people. This information consists of maps, data bases, and descriptions and analyses of the water, energy, and mineral resources, land surface, underlying geologic structure, and dynamic processes of the Earth.

To accomplish its mission, the Survey:


The USGS has a matrix organization, with programmatic leadership provided by scientific Discipline, but management and program execution carried out on Regional lines.  The four program disciplines of the Survey are described below.

The functions of the Chief Information Officer are carried out in the Geospatial Information Office, which manages bureau information technology resources and investments, information services and the geospatial portfolio, including the Geospatial One-Stop project. 

The bureau's administrative functions are carried out in the Office of Administrative Policy and Services and three Offices of Regional Services.  The components support the various scientific programs of the Geological Survey through its financial, budgeting, personnel, procurement, property, and supply services.

Contracting with U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey has its Headquarters in the National Center in Reston, Virginia. The Survey has three Regional Offices located in:

(see Points of Contact page)

USGS also has a number of field centers around the US with simplified acquisition authority.  

Annual procurement for the Geological Survey totals approximately $255 million, including $65 million in charge card purchases.  In Fiscal year 2006, the following Top 25 North American Industry Classification System code categories accounted for 67% of USGS acquisition obligations reported to FPDS.


541511 Custom Computer Programming Services 242 $48,745,252
541519 Other Computer Related Services 333 $17,820,706
541330 Engineering Services 120 $13,981,892
334111 Electronic Computer Mfg.  708 $11,538,742
541611 Admin. Mgt. and General Mgt. Consulting Services 329 $9,992,377
334513 Instruments & Related Products for Measuring, Displaying 290 $9,760,600
541990 All Other Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 699 $8,860,024
541710 R&D in the Physical Engineering & Life Sciences 419 $6,830,380
541513 Computer Facilities Management Services 308 $5,270,382
541512 Computer Systems Design Services 106 $5,081,691
334516 Analytical Laboratory Instrument Manufacturing 286 $4,995,104
541620 Environmental Consulting Services 334 $4,984,799
443120 Computer And Software Stores 279 $4,869,180
811219 Other Electronic And Precision Equipment Repair And Maintenance 73 $3,781,473
334515 Instrument Manufacturing For Measuring And Testing Electricity And Electrical Signals 82 $3,747,626
334519 Other Measuring And Controlling Device Manufacturing 153 $3,677,510
561612 Security Guards And Patrol Services 32 $3,238,781
541380 Testing Laboratories 180 $3,197,991
561210 Facilities Support Services 52 $3,089,171
561790 Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings 7 $2,869,580
541690 Other Scientific And Technical Consulting Services 163 $2,543,946
511210 Software Publishers 122 $2,475,414
561720 Janitorial Services 41 $2,279,402
334220 Radio And Television Broadcasting And Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing 73 $2,105,233
541370 Surveying And Mapping (Except Geophysical) Services 69 $1,960,823

Federal Assistance

The U.S. Geological Survey also issues assistance awards (grants and cooperative agreements) primarily to state and local governments, educational institutions and other nonprofit organizations.   Descriptions of USGS Assistance activities can be found in the program listings in the Catalog Of Federal Domestic Assistance.

Please refer to our Federal Assistance page for more information on these programs. See also "Earth Science Research: A Guide for the Submission of Unsolicited Proposals."

Contact for more information: Melissa Gill
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