Survey Manual

120.8 - Office of the Associate Director for Energy and Minerals

The U.S. Geological Survey, Office of the Associate Director for Energy and Minerals, provides executive leadership for energy and minerals research, assessment, and information. 


OPR:  Office of Energy and Minerals

Instructions: This is a new chapter.

1.  General Functions.  The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Office of the Associate Director for Energy and Minerals, provides executive leadership for energy and minerals research, assessment, and information.  The energy and minerals research results are used by Federal, State, and local government officials to effect land planning and supply availability decisions; by private sector companies concerned with materials availability; and by the general public.  Examples include:

A.  Conducting research on the fundamental processes that lead to the accumulation of energy resources; assessing the technically recoverable undiscovered energy resources; conducting research on mitigation of environmental effects of extracting energy and mineral resources; and evaluating the effects of energy and mineral resource use on the health of the environment.

B.  Analyzing the geologic setting and genesis of minerals; modeling the processes that result 
in accumulations of mineral resources; assessing the volumes of those mineral resources; and collecting, analyzing, and disseminating production and consumption data for mineral commodities in the United States and around the world.

2.  Associate Director for Energy and Minerals.  The Associate Director exercises the authority delegated by the USGS Director to provide leadership and nationwide guidance for energy and mineral research activities of the Bureau and ensures integration of these activities with the strategic goals of the USGS and the Department of the Interior.  This includes scientific and technical leadership in the areas of energy resources and mineral resources.  The Associate Director provides executive direction and oversight to ensure effective and efficient program planning, management and execution of the Bureau’s Energy and Minerals Programs, including the development of methods and tools, research, and quality assurance.  Responsibilities are shared with a Deputy Associate Director for Energy and Minerals.

The Associate Director and Deputy Associate Director are assisted in the development and implementation of the programs by Program Coordinators.  Program Coordinators are responsible for energy and minerals program planning, budget development, and program evaluation.  The Program Coordinators develop strategic program plans; coordinate programmatic activities within and outside the USGS to ensure broad participation in interdisciplinary studies; and conduct program reviews of current scientific projects to ensure that science is relevant to national objectives, meets the priorities of land managers, and is coordinated with other agencies.  The programs of the Energy and Minerals Mission Area are:

A.  Energy Resources Program.  The Energy Resources Program supports research to understand the processes critical to the formation, accumulation, occurrence, and alteration of geologically-based energy resources.  In addition, the program supports assessments (both nationally and globally) of energy resources and studies the environmental impact of energy resource occurrence and/or production.

B.  Mineral Resources Program.  The Mineral Resources Program supports research and information gathering to provide scientific information for objective resource assessments and unbiased research results on mineral potential, production, consumption, and environmental effects. 


/s/ Suzette M. Kimball                                                           January 15, 2016
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Suzette M. Kimball                                                                          Date
Acting Director, U.S. Geological Survey