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  • USGS;
  • 2013 fiscal budget

The Obama administration's proposed budget for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for fiscal year (FY) 2013 is $1.1 billion, $34.5 million (3.2%) above the Agency's 2012 enacted level. The budget includes $73.2 million in targeted increases but also has $49.5 million in proposed reductions, including cuts to some water and minerals programs and other areas. Funding for the budget was prioritized to maintain programs that are legislatively mandated, that are important for protecting lives and human property, and that are among the Obama administration's key emphases. These include research and development, which the administration believes will help end the economic recession, USGS director Marcia McNutt said at a 14 February briefing.