Former U.S. Geological Survey Director McNutt Discusses Highlights and Challenges



Marcia McNutt, who served as director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and science advisor to the secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI) since November 2009, left office on 15 February 2013, a few days after the successful launch of the Landsat 8 Earth imaging satellite and shortly before potential automatic and across-the-board federal budget cuts, known as “sequestration,” were due to be implemented. McNutt said that sequestration, which currently is scheduled for 1 March, “could be devastating” for USGS.