and recommendations for where the CMGP should focus in marine geology research. The Plan provided structure for existing and future projects and suggested areas and topics for future research emphasis. The four themes were retained, but specific budget details were not included because of the uncertainty of future appropriations from congress.
Following the NAS/OSB review of the CMG Program in 1999, a new National Program Plan will be prepared to conform to the science goals and operational objectives detailed in the new Geologic Division (GD) Science Strategy, "Geology for a Changing World."
The annual budget for CMGP is prepared by the Program office, based on department, bureau, and division science priorities, marine science priorities of Congress, the National Plan, and inputs to the Program office from a wide variety of internal and external sources. Budget emphasis at the theme level has remained as discussed in the current National Plan. Overall budget guidance is given to the Program office by the division, bureau, DOI, and OMB offices. The Program office in 1998 maintained budget balance between the themes discussed in the 1994 Plan and revised in the 1997 National Plan. The "Green Book" document fully describes for Congress the marine science priorities and major accomplishments for CMGP. It contains some information on the distribution of research funds across the four themes and describes implications of a $3.5M funding reduction contained in the President's budget the FY 2000.
The Program Prospectus is developed each year by the Program office to provide guidance to the USGS research staff on the distribution of the funds for salary and operating expenses based on the current National Plan and the expected budget appropriation. The research staff responds to the Prospectus by preparing written "workplans" for continuing projects or "proposals" for new research projects. The Prospectus contains suggested figures for both salary and operating expenses for projects. This level of detail is included so as to ensure a healthy operating margin for CMGP. In many cases lead PIs were identified based on science expertise, leadership skills, and availability. The Prospectus also requested workplans for center assessment activities and activities supported by direct-funded overhead costs at the three centers.
The annual Prospectus is developed based on inputs from many sources:
Knowledge of the USGS, DOI, OMB, Congress funding priorities;
Meeting science needs of other DOI bureaus (e.g., NPS, MMS, FWS);
Meeting the science needs of coastal states/territories;
Response to division planning and meeting the new science goals;