With this year's battles over the federal budget nearly completed, the budget, overall, includes significant increases for scientific research. At this stage in the federal fiscal year 1998 (FY98) budget process, most budgets affecting the geosciences have been decided. The president already has signed into law the bills containing the budgets for the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Defense (DOD). In addition, both the House and the Senate have adopted a final conference report concerning the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); the president is expected to sign the bill without major changes. The bill containing the budget for the Department of the Interior, which includes the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), has not yet been signed, but the stumbling block to the bill's approval is a nongeoscience issue that should not affect USGS funding.