A-123 1-pager for Charlie Stern Briefing 08-07

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As a result, in 2010 through 2012, the USGS will be involved in three separate HPPGs: Renewable Energy, Climate Change, and Youth Stewardship for Resources.

DOI Strategic Plan Revision and High Priority Performance Goals

    Overview Strategic Plan should also reflect many of these same The Department of the Interior (DOI) Strategic Plan is goals and priorities of the USGS. currently undergoing the required triennial review and

    update. The Department is reviewing the organization and The revised Interior Strategic Plan under development,

    construct of the Strategic Plan in light of the would include USGS programmatic outcomes that

    Administration’s priorities, goals, and objectives. contribute to goals, such as ? Science for Sustainable Resource Use, In 2009, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Protection, and Adaptive Management; proposed an initiative that strove to identify federal ? Science to Protect and Empower Communities; agency’s High Priority Performance Goals (HPPGs) as a and way to develop “the President’s agenda for building a ? Multi-Dimensional Science and Information high-performing government.” As a result, in 2010 through Framework for Understanding the Earth. 2012, the USGS will be involved in three separate HPPGs: Renewable Energy, Climate Change, and Youth Also proposed are Outcome areas such as, Stewardship for Resources. ? Identify and Predict Ecosystem Change to Protect and Sustain Environmental Resources

    ? Identify and Model the Causes and Impacts of DOI Strategic Plan Revision Changes to the Earth and Ocean System to

    Inform Management Strategies As a part of the revision process, DOI has added science as a

    mission area. This addition is representative of DOI’s ? Assess and Forecast Climate Change and its recognition that a strong science program is necessary to Effects to Develop Mitigation and Adaptation inform many of the management decisions made by all DOI Strategies bureaus and DOI’s broader role in finding solutions to societal ? Monitor and Assess Water Availability and challenges that reach beyond Interior lands, such as climate Quality to Meet Water Resource Needs

    change, water availability and natural hazards. ? Assess the National and Global Energy and

     Mineral Resource Endowment to Enhance

    Economic Vitality USGS Contribution to the Strategic Plan

    ? Monitor Natural Hazards and Assess Risk As part of our efforts to contribute to the development of a

    ? Advance the Information Framework to science mission, the USGS has sought comments and

    Discover, Integrate, and Preserve Data for suggestions from our partners, customers, and employees.

    Science and Natural Resources Stewardship USGS employees at all levels of the organization, particularly

    ? Create Geologic Maps and Models for Regional Executives, Chief Scientists and Program

    Sustaining Resources and Protecting Coordinators, have been engaged to help shape the Science

    mission area goals and their respective performance measures. Communities In addition, the USGS will work with other DOI bureaus and the ? Advance the Application of remote Sensing Office of the Secretary to ensure that the Science mission area and Geospatial Information and Technologies is reflective of all science programs Department-wide. for Understanding Changes to the Earth

    USGS input on development of the Science mission area has Performance Measures been based upon the six science directions of the USGS USGS is currently in the process of revising Science Strategy. The six science directions represent cross-performance measures that appear in the Interior cutting themes that represent the core of USGS work and are Strategic Plan 2007 2012, with the goal of better areas where the USGS can and does have a significant alignment of our performance measures with the USGS positive societal impact. The USGS Science Strategy Science Strategy and the revised Interior Strategic Plan. identifies science goals and priorities that unite bureau In addition, the USGS will require the new performance capabilities to address current challenges and those in the measures will be budget sensitive, not difficult to future. Therefore, the Science mission area in the DOI calculate, and underscore the selected measures’ utility to the programs as a management tool. U.S. Department of the Interior February 2010 U.S. Geological Survey

     High Priority Performance Goals

    Renewable Energy Development Youth ProgramsThe USGS is a primary contributor to the Renewable Energy The USGS is also a contributor to the Youth in Natural Development HPPG: Increase approved capacity for production Resources HPPG: By 2012, increase by 50% (from of renewable (solar, wind and geothermal) energy resources on 2009 levels) the employment of youth between the ages Department of the Interior lands, while ensuring full of 15-25 in the conservation mission of the Department.

    environmental review, by at least 9,000 megawatts by 2012. A key to achieving the renewable Energy HPPG is ensuring that The USGS is working towards the goal of increasing the there is an understanding of the national resource potential for number of youth employed by 35 percent in either renewable energies and the impacts of increasing their through a permanent, term, or temporary position with development. the bureau, or a work experience in conjunction with a

     partnering organization. To achieve this goal, the Energy and Minerals for America’s Future is one of six science bureau will: directions highlighted in the USGS Science Strategy. Consistent with the Renewable Energy Development HPPG, the ? Expand the number of youth employed at 2011 budget includes the New Energy Frontier initiative that will USGS, by utilizing the full array of available build upon the core capabilities of the USGS as a hiring authorities, and multidisciplinary earth science agency. The USGS will ? Develop hiring pathways for young people, investigate an array of renewable energy sources, including such as continuing to reform the hiring geothermal, biofuels, and wind and solar energy that contribute process, expanding our workforce planning to this HPPG. efforts, creating targeted communications

     and outreach, and establishing career fairs in

     targeted locations. Climate Change The USGS is a primary contributor to the Climate Change

    HPPG: By 2012, the Department will identify areas and species

    ranges in the United States that are most vulnerable to climate

    change and begin implementing comprehensive climate change

    adaptation strategies in these areas.

Climate change is one of six science directions highlighted in

    the USGS Science Strategy, and the USGS is a primary

    contributor to this HPPG through the following programmatic


    ? science and data integration necessary to characterize

    the impact of climate change on lands and wildlife,

    ? science based tools for adaptive management, and ? assess carbon sequestration resources throughout the United States.

    The USGS will build on its strong research and monitoring

    capabilities and work with other Interior bureaus to identify data Contact and knowledge gaps and integrate key information necessary to

    Adrienne Bartlewitz characterize the impacts of climate change. Program Analyst Office of Budget and Performance 703.648.4304 FAX: 703.648.5068

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