Office of Science Quality and Integrity


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, Ethics, Tribal Relations, Youth, Education, Mendenhall Research, and more.

OSQI Contacts


Scientists with Youth Program at work


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


scientist at work



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
    USGS Public Access Plan

Quality Management System (QMS)

Research and Equipment Development Grade Evaluation (RGE-EDGE)


USGS employees attending a conference


OSQI ensures that employees adhere to professional values and practices when conducting and applying the results of science and scholarship. The office also ensures employee compliance with ethics statutes, regulations and policies. OSQI 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



Date published: October 25, 2018

STEP-UP Students digitize BBL’s banding records at the USGS

The BBL welcomes a new group of students with differing abilities to start employment training as part of the STEP-UP program.

Date published: January 12, 2018

STEP-UP to Science: Engaging Young Adults with Disabilities

News reporters are invited to attend a reception to kick off the U.S. Geological Survey’s STEP-UP Program in Menlo Park. STEP-UP (Secondary Transition to Employment Program – USGS Partnership) provides young adults (ages 18-22) with disabilities a variety of life and job skills to enable them to transition from school to work and to live independently.

Date published: April 6, 2017

“ShakeAlert” Earthquake Early Warning System Goes West Coast Wide

The U.S. Geological Survey along with university, state and private-sector partners will highlight the rollout of Version 1.2 of the USGS ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system on April 10, 2017.


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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.,

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Year Published: 2019

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.,

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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, D. R.; 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