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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 and Education in Science

Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program

USGS 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: September 28, 2020

Get to Know a Scientist Emeritus—Bruce Molnia

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

Date published: August 12, 2020

Get to Know a Scientist Emeritus-Marith Reheis

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

Date published: July 22, 2020

Get to Know a Scientist Emeritus—Thomas Imbrigiotta

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

Publications

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Year Published: 2020

Purpose and benefits of U.S. Geological Survey Trusted Digital Repositories

Federal mandates and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS, also known as the Bureau) Fundamental Science Practices (FSP) policies require that publicly funded scientific data, publications, and derivative works be openly accessible to researchers and the public. Open access helps to leverage the public investment by making the acquired data and published...

Latysh, Natalie; Kirk, Keith G.; Faundeen, John
Latysh, N., Kirk, K.G., and Faundeen, J., 2020, Purpose and benefits of U.S. Geological Survey Trusted Digital Repositories: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3032, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203032.

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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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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., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195020.