*The mission areas Environmental Health and Energy and Minerals are cross-serviced by (i.e., receive shared support from) the same USGS Leadership and Management Team, although they are distinct mission areas with their own science strategies.

FIGURE 1.1 Reorganization of USGS from a discipline-focused agency to one involved in the application of integrated science in support of critical mission areas. SOURCE: USGS; see also

Asia and the Pacific; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Canada, the Arctic, and the Antarctic. These five specialists represent the USGS in discussions about potential international projects with organizations such as USAID, DOS, Department of Defense, and the World Bank.

In addition to the OIP, the Survey’s Bureau Support Unit provides logistical support for USGS international travelers (e.g., by obtaining passports and visas). Detailed information about the functions of the OIP and the development of international projects is provided in Chapter 2.


To address the three specific points identified in the committee’s statement of task as well as the more general points related to international collaborations and interactions that support and enhance USGS strategic science directions and U.S. government national and

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