Education and Development
This unit is devoted to strengthening the earth- and biological-science communities through educational outreach, internships, postdoctoral fellowships, scientist emeritus, and youth programs.
Evaluation, Review, and Recognition
This unit administers the evaluation processes for USGS research, development, and senior scientists. It provides monitoring and oversight of internal and external review of USGS science programs. This unit also supports administration of USGS quality and honor award programs, as well as participation in external award programs.
USGS Youth Program
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has a proud history of mentoring and engaging the youth of our country. The USGS provides a broad array of research and learning experiences to young people in the geosciences, aimed at inspiring them to pursue a scientific career and increase science literacy. we have expanded our Youth programs and made exciting progress in engaging youth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities and the natural resources.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has a historical commitment to provide the Nation with impartial, objective earth and natural science information. A tradition of responsible, ethical conduct underlies all USGS activities. Continuing this tradition is of paramount importance to the continued relevance of the USGS and to maintaining our long, honored reputation as an impartial factfinder in the earth and natural sciences. All USGS employees and volunteers are expected to maintain high standards of honesty, integrity, impartiality, and conduct to ensure the proper performance of USGS business and to enhance the trust and confidence of citizens in their Government. USGS employees and volunteers are expected to comply with all Federal statutes, regulations, Executive Orders, and Departmental and Survey Manual chapters.
2014 Annual Ethics Training
2014 USGS Annual Ethics Training [.docx, 19 KB]
This annual ethics training contains contact information for the Ethics Office and links to the Ethics Guide for DOI Employees (2013); the 14 General Principles of Ethical Conduct; the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, 5 C.F.R. 2635; the criminal ethics statutes; the Financial Guide for USGS Employees; and the supplemental standards of ethical conduct for DOI employees, 5 C.F.R. 3501. Additionally, it contains a reminder that -- except as permitted pursuant to 5 C.F.R. 3501.104 -- no employee of the USGS (or spouse or minor child of a USGS employee) may have a direct or indirect financial interest in private mining activities in the United States. Employees who have signed (or inherited) oil or gas leases should contact the Ethics Office (if they haven't done so already).
2013 Annual Ethics Training
2013 USGS Annual Ethics Training [.pptx, 196 KB]
This presentation references the criminal ethics statutes, the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, DOI-specific supplemental ethics regulations, the 14 general principles of ethical conduct, and provides contact information for the USGS Ethics Office. It also contains information on the requirement to obtain an authorization of assignment to serve as an officer, board member or similar position of a professional scientific organization in official USGS capacity, acceptance of travel expenses from non-Federal sources, contributions of travel expenses to conduct field work or research, gifts from outside sources and between employees, the requirement to obtain Ethics Office approval to engage in outside work or activities (paid or unpaid) that are related to USGS job duties or the mission of the USGS, selling and soliciting on Government owned or leased property, restrictions on natural gas leases, and seeking employment/post-Government employment restrictions.
2012 Annual Ethics Training
2012 USGS Annual Ethics Training [.doc, 119 KB]
In accordance with Office of Government Ethics (OGE) regulations, all annual ethics training must include the 14 Principles of Ethical Conduct; the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 C.F.R. 2635); criminal ethics statutes (18 U.S. Code §§ 201, 203, 205, 207, 208, 209, and 1913); agency-specific supplemental regulations; and contact information for the Ethics Office. It also addresses the requirement to obtain a 18 U.S.C. § 208(b)(1) conflict of interest waiver to serve as an officer or member of the board of directors of a professional scientific organization in official USGS capacity; the Financial Guide for USGS Employees # 33; Guidance from the Ethics Office and the Congressional Affairs Office on the Anti-Lobbying Statute; Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 3.101-1; restrictions on endorsements and selling and soliciting on DOI-owned or -leased property; as well as important "seeking employment" and post-Government employment restrictions.
2011 Annual Ethics Training
2011 USGS Annual Ethics Training [.pdf, 121 KB]
This document discusses the 14 Principles of Ethical Conduct; the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch; criminal ethics statutes; agency-specific supplemental regulations; and provides contact information for the Ethics Office. It also contains the "Hatch Act Restrictions on Political Activity by USGS Employees," USGS Ethics Office Memorandum (August 12, 2011), "Restrictions on Holding Oil, Gas and Mineral Leases and Receipt of Royalties," USGS Ethics Office Memorandum (September 1, 2011), the Employee Financial Interests Certification Form 9-1909, and a link to the most recent Financial Guide for USGS Employees, Version #32 (December 1, 2011). Additionally, it provides information on a change in interpretation of sector mutual fund investment restrictions; reports of acceptance of travel expenses from non-Federal entities; outside work and activities; procurement integrity; and scientific integrity.
2010 Annual Ethics Training
2010 USGS annual ethics training (Nov 2010) [ppt, 921 KB]
This training contains an overview of the Federal criminal ethics statutes (18 U.S.C. §§ 201 to 209), the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 C.F.R. 2635), the 14 Principles of Ethical Conduct, and DOI supplemental ethics regulations (5 C.F.R. 3501). Information is also provided on how to access ethics resources — the USGS Ethics Office webpage, the Financial Guide for USGS Employees, the Departmental Ethics Office website, and the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) website and the Ethics Guide for DOI Employees. Annual ethics training is required for all financial disclosure report filers and encouraged for all USGS employees.