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Fundamental Science Practices (FSP)

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Fundamental Science Practices: Frequently Asked Questions

The frequently asked questions (FAQs) below represent a Bureau consensus to ensure interpretations of Fundamental Science Practices (FSP) policies are uniformly applied throughout USGS.

The FAQs will be updated as necessary and changes in the form of additions or revisions are reflected by date (month/year) as they occur. Questions about the FSP that are not addressed here should be directed to

Click on the links below to access the individual FSP FAQ topic pages in this collection.

Note: For the purpose of these FAQs, the term "Science Center Director" is equivalent to other terms that may be used in the USGS, such as Chief Scientist, Science Center Manager, Center or Branch Chief, Coop Unit Leader, and Cost Center Manager. Other terms used frequently throughout this FAQ collection will be referred to by the acronyms (in parenthesis) as follows: Fundamental Science Practices (FSP), Information Product Data System (IPDS), Bureau Approving Official (BAO), Office of Science Quality and Integrity (OSQI), Science Publishing Network (SPN), and Publishing Service Center (PSC).

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