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GSA Testifies in Support of USGS

GSA Past President John Geissman testified in support of the U.S. Geological Survey before the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies on 10 April 2014. Geissman testified, ďOn behalf of the GSA, I would like to ask you to fully fund the Administrationís request for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in fiscal year 2015. As one of our Nationís key science agencies, the USGS plays a vital role in understanding and documenting mineral and energy resources that underpin economic growth; researching and monitoring potential natural hazards that threaten U.S. and international security; and assessing water availability and quality—keys to a healthy and prosperous society.Ē In response to questions from the panel members, Geissman spoke about the importance of resources and workforce development, as well as the many contributions of Landsat and the need to develop a successor program. Read Geissmanís full statement for the record.

This hearing is one of many that congressional committees are holding to examine the Administrationís FY 2015 request, which was released on March 4. The budget followed the framework and overall spending cap set in the Bipartisan Budget Act in December 2013 with essentially flat funding overall. The USGS FY 2015 request would increase $41.3 million to $1.1 billion. In addition to the request, $75 million would be allocated to the USGS in the Opportunity, Growth and Security initiative, but its prospects appear dim.

GSA also submitted testimony to the Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies for the record, and previously submitted testimony on the National Science Foundation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (House testimony, Senate testimony).