Science Support


The scientific excellence at the U.S. Geological Survey is due to more than excellent scientists. Behind the field research and mapmaking is the Science Support team. The Science Support team aids USGS science by budgeting necessary funds for research, communicating the actions of our scientists to the public, verifying the validity and quality of our science, and providing essential resources for employees. The Science Support team consists of the the many offices listed below.


Our office establishes policies and coordinates and conducts in the areas of accounting and fiscal service, general services, security, information technology, safety and occupational health, acquisitions and grants, internal controls, technology transfer, facilities and property, environmental protection, and business systems.

Office of Budget, Planning, and Integration

Part of the Director's Office, The Office of Budget, Planning, and Integration (BPI) secures fiscal resources needed for the USGS to perform its scientific mission goals, facilitates information sharing internally and externally, and provides in-depth analysis of budget and program performance data for the USGS to understand, anticipate, and respond to shifts in social and political paradigms.

Communications and Publishing

The Office of Communications and Publishing (OCAP) is the front door to the USGS. While our scientists are conducting in-depth research, it is the job of the Office of Communications and Publishing to present their research in a format suitable to the public. Our office is in charge of everything from Social Media to Congressional affairs for the USGS.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity

The Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity (DEO) manages the Equal Opportunity (EO) Program for the USGS in compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and amended in 1991. 

Associate Chief Information Officer

The Office of the Associate Chief Information Officer (OACIO) provides the critical information management and technology (IMT) foundation for the US Geological Survey (USGS) science mission.

Human Capital

We are one cohesive, collaborative team of professionals dedicated to creating partnerships with our employees, its leadership and outside entities by supporting all mission areas. With a strong commitment to providing high quality service to our customers, we ensure that the employees have the Right People, in the Right Jobs with the Right Skills.

International Programs

We provide reliable scientific information about the earth and its resources from an international perspective. This Office supports US foreign policy and national security; provides a basis for science diplomacy, improves the scientific basis for managing ecosystems and natural resources, and promotes the competitiveness of our private sector.

Science Quality and Integrity

The Office of Science Quality and Integrity (OSQI) monitors and enhances the integrity, quality, and health of United States 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.