President Obama released his proposed budget for 2016 and amongst the numerous allocations, he requested $1.2 billion for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). If approved, the 2016 budget for USGS would be roughly $150 million more than was enacted for FY2015.
As of 1995, with the dissolution of the U.S. Bureau of Mines, federal programs related to the management of mineral resources are split across the Departments of Interior (DOI) and Energy (DOE). Within DOI, USGS is tasked with the scientific study and cataloging of our natural resources. Despite the importance of USGS's work, funding has been repeatedly cut to the minerals science programs. IMA-NA is a member of the Minerals Science Information Coalition (MSIC), with the goal being renewed investment in the USGS minerals science programs. The proposed FY16 budget shows some potential movement including a request for just under $1 million for the Mineral Resources Program.The money is specifically to continue life-cycle analyses for critical minerals and R&D to reduce the impact of mining on the environment.
To read more about the Proposed Presidential Budget for USGS in FY16 click here.