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USGS Braces for Severe Budget Cuts

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Science  11 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5519, pp. 1040
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5519.1040a

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is slated for a 7.9% cut in fiscal year 2002, which starts on 1 October. It's a victim of the Department of the Interior's scramble to reduce its overall budget by 3.7% while boosting big-ticket items such as repairs to Bureau of Indian Affairs schools promised during the election campaign. Hardest hit within the USGS is the water resources division, which provides a wealth of data that underlie research and regulation.