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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.

Congressional Liaison Office

We help the USGS communicate with Capitol Hill about the importance of our science and provide information about action on the Hill that may impact USGS work.


External and Citizen Engagement, Web, and Social Media Communications

The External portion of the USGS communications consists of Digital Services, Science Information Services (SIS), social media management, stakeholder engagement, trade show and conference event planning, and community relations. SIS is available to answer questions from the public at 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-392-8545), or on online web chat Monday-Friday 8a.m.-8p.m. ET.


Internal Communications

We serve the needs of the USGS employee and are responsible for engaging employees in a dialogue with USGS leadership through @TheCore, an intranet site available to only USGS employees.


Public Affairs

This team is the official contact for the news media. We write press releases, technical announcements, and more. As well as schedule interviews with news media to provide time-sensitive scientific information to the public.


Science Publishing Network (SPN)

The SPN is the document publishing entity of the USGS. The items produced from the SPN include geologic maps, informative fact sheets, and colorful booklets.




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