Report: Geospatial Information and the 2018 Federal Budget
The proposed cuts to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) are 13% or $137.8 million below the 2017 Continuing Resolution baseline level.
Most programs will sustain cuts with the notable exception of an increase in the budget for the development of the Landsat 9 ground systems program. Of particular interest to the geospatial community are the $18.4 million cuts to the Core Science Systems Programs. This program “provides the Nation with access to high quality topographic, geologic, hydrographic, and biogeographic data.” Deep cuts are proposed for the Federal Geographic Data Committee, the 3-D Elevation Program (3DEP), the National Geospatial Program operations, and the Cooperative Geologic Mapping program and operations.
The budget also proposes to cut $3 million for the USGS libraries eliminating 20 positions and shutting down public access to the USGS library locations. All collections would be placed in a dark archive, journal subscriptions would be cut by at least 50 percent, and possibly all of the libraries would be closed.
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