Survey Manual

120.2 - Office of the Director

The Director reports to the Department of the Interior (DOI) Assistant Secretary for Water and Science and is responsible for executive leadership, overall direction, and policy oversight of the USGS.


OPR:  Office of the Director

Instructions: This updates the January 15, 2016 issuance of this chapter.

1.  General Organization.  The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) comprises a headquarters organization located in Reston, Virginia, and a regional organization with subordinate geographic areas and field offices located throughout the United States.

2.  Office of the Director.  The Director reports to the Department of the Interior (DOI) Assistant Secretary for Water and Science and is responsible for executive leadership, overall direction, and policy oversight of the USGS.  The USGS Director has discretion to determine when it is appropriate to brief senior Department officials on USGS activities and functions to permit these officials to respond to inquiries the Department may receive. These briefings, which can cover various topics, do not constitute pre-release and are for notification purposes only.  The Director is assisted by a Deputy Director who shares with the Director the responsibility for direction and coordination of all USGS programs and activities. 

A.  Offices reporting to the Director are as follows:

(1)  Associate Directors for Mission Areas.  The following Associate Directors share in the planning and direction of the mission-specific and integrated science programs of the USGS.  They are responsible for allocating resources to carry out the planning, development, and accomplishment of the science programs of their respective mission area. 

(a)  Associate Director for Ecosystems.  The Office of the Associate Director for Ecosystems provides executive-level leadership for research, monitoring, modeling, and tool development for management of the Nation’s biological and ecological resources, with particular emphasis on DOI land and trust species responsibilities.  In addition, this office manages the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units which provide research, teaching, and technical assistance in natural resource management through a unique Federal, State, and university partnership. 

(b)  Associate Director for Climate and Land-Use Change.  The Office of the Associate Director for Climate and Land-Use Change provides executive-level leadership for climate and land use change monitoring, research, modeling, and analysis to help the Nation understand and prepare for climate and land use changes and their effects.  In addition, this office has responsibility for executive leadership of the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center which provides national coordination and management of the DOI Climate Science Centers.

(c)  Associate Director for Natural Hazards.  The Office of the Associate Director for Natural Hazards provides executive-level leadership for the research, monitoring, and evaluation of natural hazards and for the assessment of areas at risk from natural hazards.  In addition, this office has the responsibility for executive leadership for hazard response and emergency and continuity management coordination. 

(d)  Associate Director for Water.  The Office of the Associate Director for Water provides executive-level leadership to ensure the quality and scientific integrity of USGS investigations of the occurrence, quantity, quality, distribution, uses, and the movement of surface water and 
(e)  Associate Director for Energy and Minerals.  The Office of the Associate Director for Energy and Minerals provides executive-level leadership for energy and minerals research, assessment, and information.

(f)  Associate Director for Environmental Health.  The Office of the Associate Director for Environmental Health provides executive-level leadership for environmental health science activities which focus on the interface between health and the environment, where interactions among people, the environment, and other living organisms affect the risk of toxicological and infectious disease.

(g)  Associate Director for Core Science Systems.  The Office of the Associate Director for Core Science Systems provides executive-level leadership for conducting basic and applied science research into the Earth’s topographic and geologic structure; characterizing the Nation’s geology, land surface, and biological systems through modeling, mapping, and the production of high resolution data; providing a framework for data and information sharing; and maintaining geologic collections.  In addition, this office has responsibility for executive leadership of the USGS library and the Federal Geographic Data Committee.

(2)  Associate Directors for Science Support Offices.The following Associate Directors are responsible for the development and implementation of bureauwide policies, programs, and headquarters services related to communications, budget planning and performance, and editing and production of USGS scientific publications and maps.

(a)  Associate Director for Communications and Publishing.  The Office of Communications and Publishing is responsible for outreach to and relationships with all audiences relevant to the USGS mission, including citizens, employees, Congress, partners, and the news media.  This office also produces all USGS scientific reports and maps.  These activities are accomplished through a comprehensive mix of digital and print platforms and products and are delivered to audiences via the Web, social media, and face-to-face events and interactions, all employed through strategic and tactical planning that this office engages in with all USGS mission areas, regions, and offices.  

(b)  Associate Director for Budget, Planning, and Integration.  The Office of Budget, Planning, and Integration is responsible for bureauwide policy, guidance, and direction for strategic planning; budget formulation, presentation, and advocacy; and for accountability in the wise and efficient use of resources in executing the mission of the USGS.

B.  Offices reporting to the Deputy Director are as follows:

(1)  Regional Directors.  Regional Directors are responsible for executive-level leadership in the execution of all USGS science programs and operations within their assigned regions, including research and development activities; investigative studies; data collection and integration; tools, technologies, and protocol development; and data dissemination, technical assistance, and assessment.  In addition, Regional Directors provide line management of staff.  Regional Directors have responsibility as follows:

(a)  Alaska (Volcano Science Center).

(b)  Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin).

(c)  Northeast Region (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia).

(d)  Northwest Region (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming).

(e)  Pacific Region (California, Hawaii, and Nevada).

(f)  Southeast Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

(g)  Southwest Region (Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah).

(2)  Associate Director for Administration.  The Office of the Associate Director for Administration provides executive-level leadership for the development and implementation of policies and strategic and operational plans related to the business information and administrative functions of the USGS, including finance, facilities, safety, security, and acquisitions.  The Associate Director also serves as the USGS Chief Financial Officer.  In addition, this office provides human resources services for the USGS through headquarters and field Human Resources Offices that report to the Chief, Human Resources Officer.

(3)  Director, Office of Science Quality and Integrity.  The Office of Science Quality and Integrity monitors and enhances the integrity, quality, and health of USGS science through development and implementation of policies related to USGS fundamental science practices, science integrity, ethics, and scientist evaluation, review, and recognition.  In addition, this office provides policy, direction, and guidance for Native American activities and for USGS youth and education efforts.

(4)  Director, Office of International Programs.  The Office of International Programs supports activities that enable USGS scientists to contribute to efforts to address global scientific, natural resource, and environmental issues; improve the effectiveness of the United States to carry out its fundamental domestic missions; further U.S. foreign policy and national security interests; and promote the competitiveness of the U.S. private sector in the global economy.

(5)  Chief, Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity.  The Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity manages the equal opportunity and diversity inclusion programs for the USGS to ensure a discrimination-free workplace and that all employees and applicants are provided a full and fair opportunity to contribute to the fullest extent of their abilities in pursuing a career at the USGS.  The office is also responsible for establishing, developing, implementing, overseeing, and evaluating USGS policies, principles, and practices aimed at promoting equal opportunity and diversity in all Bureau activities and programs.

(6)  Chief, Office of Enterprise Information.  The Office of Enterprise Information (OEI) provides critical information management and technology foundation for the USGS science mission by implementing advances in IT and computing capability and using them to facilitate research, data gathering, analysis and modeling, scientific collaboration, knowledge management, and work processes.  Additionally, the OEI oversees a broad suite of activities that support information discovery and delivery and ensures collection, storage, sharing, preservation, and publication of scientific data according to Federal laws and regulations.


/s/ William H. Werkheiser                                                        May 9, 2018
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William H. Werkheiser, Deputy Director                                      Date
Exercising the Authority of the Director, U.S. Geological Survey