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Office of Science Quality and Integrity

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.

 

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

 

  

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)

 

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

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Get to Know a Scientist Emeritus—Carolyn Olson

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Get to Know a Scientist Emeritus—Mike Bothner

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Get to Know a Scientist Emeritus—Gary Fuis

Publications

Student and recent graduate opportunities

As an unbiased, multidisciplinary science organization, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is dedicated to the timely, relevant, and impartial study of the health of our ecosystems and environment, our natural resources, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the natural hazards that affect our lives. Opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, to pa

Final report on the assessment of the U.S. Geological Survey’s bureauwide Research Grade Evaluation (RGE) process

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) formed the internal Research Grade Evaluation (RGE) Review Team in May 2017. The Team undertook a 2-year comprehensive review of RGE practices and policies at the USGS that included (1) the first-ever quantitative assessment of the USGS workforce evaluated under the RGE process, (2) a benchmarking meet­ing in March 2018 of the USGS and 11 other Federal science age

The 150th anniversary of the 1869 Powell expedition—USGS participation in the Sesquicentennial Colorado River Exploring Expedition and reflections from the ~1,000-mile journey down the Green and Colorado Rivers

In 1869, John Wesley Powell completed the first well-recorded scientific river journey to explore an extensive region of the Colorado River Basin. Powell later helped to establish the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and served as its second director (1881–94), cementing his position in the folklore of the Survey. In 2019, the USGS marked the 150th anniversary of Powell’s first expedition with a broa

Science

What We Do

About the Louisiana Water Science CenterOffice LocationsWhat We DoData CollectionDatabase Capabilities
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What We Do

About the Louisiana Water Science CenterOffice LocationsWhat We DoData CollectionDatabase Capabilities
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Forecast Information and Imagery

River and Coastal ForecastsThe USGS is not a forecasting agency, but the National Weather Service (NWS) is, and they make extensive use of the data we collect in their effort to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date forecasts of many Louisiana rivers and streams, and weather along the coast. The links below will provide you with direct access to the NWS forecasts for different areas of...
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Forecast Information and Imagery

River and Coastal ForecastsThe USGS is not a forecasting agency, but the National Weather Service (NWS) is, and they make extensive use of the data we collect in their effort to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date forecasts of many Louisiana rivers and streams, and weather along the coast. The links below will provide you with direct access to the NWS forecasts for different areas of...
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Regional Hydraulic Geometry Characteristics of the Boston Mountains in Arkansas

LMG-WSC hydrologist, in collaboration with Arkansas Natural Resource Commission scientist are analyzing stream channel geomorphic characteristics at 15 gaged stable stream sites in the Boston Mountains of Arkansas. Field data collection entails topographic surveys of selected stream reaches and analysis of bed and bar sediments. Topographic surveys, running from hundreds to thousands of feet, are...
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Regional Hydraulic Geometry Characteristics of the Boston Mountains in Arkansas

LMG-WSC hydrologist, in collaboration with Arkansas Natural Resource Commission scientist are analyzing stream channel geomorphic characteristics at 15 gaged stable stream sites in the Boston Mountains of Arkansas. Field data collection entails topographic surveys of selected stream reaches and analysis of bed and bar sediments. Topographic surveys, running from hundreds to thousands of feet, are...
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