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The Office of Science Quality and Integrity (OSQI) monitors and enhances the integrity, quality, and health of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) science through executive oversight and development of strong practices, policy, and supporting programs, including Science Integrity, Fundamental Science Practices, Tribal Relations, Youth, Education, Mendenhall Research, and more.

OSQI Contacts

 

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Science

OSQI enhances USGS science by engaging the next generation of scientists and science support staff. The office also provides retired USGS scientists and technical experts the opportunity to remain active in the science community, enhance the programmatic activities of the USGS, and serve the public.

Youth in Education and Science

Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program

Scientist Emeritus Program

 

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Quality

OSQI programs uphold the Bureau’s scientific reputation and Fundamental Science Practices, and underscore its mandate to provide reliable science to address pressing societal issues. The office provides monitoring and oversight of internal and external review of USGS science programs and supports administration of internal award and participation in external award programs.

Fundamental Science Practices

Quality Management System (QMS)

Research and Equipment Development Grade Evaluation (RGE-EDGE)

 

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Integrity

OSQI ensures that employees adhere to professional values and practices when conducting and applying the results of science and scholarship. OSQI also coordinates with Native American governments and organizations to facilitate access to, and collaborate on, USGS scientific research that can help support tribal natural resource management.

Scientific Integrity

Ethics Office

Office of Tribal Relations

 

News

Date published: May 27, 2020

Get to Know a Scientist Emeritus—John Keith

This is the second in a series of Get to Know posts highlighting and celebrating the contributions of exemplary Scientist Emeriti. Their work, experience, and contributions are essential to the mission of the USGS.

Date published: May 7, 2020

Get to Know a Scientist Emeritus—Charles van Riper

This is the first in a series of Get to Know posts highlighting and celebrating the contributions of exemplary Scientist Emeriti. Their work, experience, and contributions are essential to the mission of the USGS.

Date published: April 21, 2020

TESNAR 2020 Awardees

USGS Technical training in Support of Native American Relations (TESNAR) makes funds available to support USGS employees to design and conduct technical training for staff of tribal governments or organizations. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the technical capacity of tribes for managing tribal natural resources and build on networks between the USGS and tribal governments.

Publications

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Year Published: 2019

Chronic wasting disease—Research by the U.S. Geological Survey and partners

IntroductionChronic wasting disease (CWD) is the only transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, a class of invariably fatal neurodegenerative mammalian diseases associated with a misfolded cellular prion protein found in wild free-ranging animals. Because it has a long incubation period, affected animals in Cervidae (the deer family; referred to as...

Hopkins, M. Camille; Carlson, Christina M.; Cross, Paul C.; Johnson, Christopher J.; Richards, Bryan J.; Russell, Robin E.; Samuel, Michael D.; Sargeant, Glen A.; Walsh, Daniel P.; Walter, W. David
Hopkins, M.C., Carlson, C.M., Cross, P.C., Johnson, C.J., Richards, B.J., Russell, R.E., Samuel, M.D., Sargeant, G.A., Walsh, D.P., and Walter, W.D., 2019, Chronic wasting disease—Research by the U.S. Geological Survey and partners (ver. 2.0, November 2019): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1109, 29 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191109.

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Pleistocene and Holocene landscape development of the South Platte River Corridor, Northeastern Colorado

This report provides a synthesis of geologic mapping and geochronologic research along the South Platte River between the town of Masters and the city of Fort Morgan, northeastern Colorado. This work was undertaken to better understand landscape development along this part of the river corridor. The focus is on times of rapid change within the...

Berry, Margaret E.; Slate, Janet L.; Taylor, Emily M.
Berry, M.E., Slate, J.L., and Taylor, E.M., 2019, Pleistocene and Holocene landscape development of the South Platte River corridor, northeastern Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5020, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195020.

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Year Published: 2018

Coastal effects

The Coasts chapter of the Third National Climate Assessment, published in 2014, focused on coastal lifelines at risk, economic disruption, uneven social vulnerability, and vulnerable ecosystems. This Coastal Effects chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment updates those themes, with a focus on integrating the socioeconomic and...

Reidmiller, David; Avery, C. W.; Easterling, D. R.; Kunkel, K. E.; Lewis, K. L. M.; Maycock, T. K.; Stewart, B. C.; Fleming, Elizabeth; Payne, Jeffrey; Sweet, William V.; Craghan, Michael; Haines, John W.; Finzi Hart, Juliette; Stiller, Heidi; Sutton-Grier, Ariana