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United States Geological Survey

12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192

703-648-4000 | Email:

DIRECTOR * James F. Reilly

* The Director reports to the Assistant Secretary of Water and Science.

* The Director reports to the Assistant Secretary of Water and Science.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) was established by the Organic Act of March 3, 1879 (43 U.S.C. 31). Since March 3, 1879, the Survey has provided the United States with science information needed to make important land use and resource management policy decisions.

The USGS serves as the Earth and natural science research bureau for the Department of the Interior. It is the only integrated natural resources research agency in the Federal Government. USGS research and data support the Department's resource and land management information needs. Other Federal, State, tribal, and local government agencies rely on USGS research and data for their biological, climate, energy, mineral resources, natural hazards, and water information needs. Emergency response organizations, natural resource managers, land use planners, and other customers use USGS research and data to protect lives and property, to address environmental health issues, and to promote the public weal.

The USGS conducts research, monitoring, and assessments to increase understanding of America's biological, land, and water resources. The Service informs American citizens and members of the global community by producing data, maps, and reports containing analyses and interpretations. These analyses and interpretations cover a range of topics: biological, energy, mineral, and water resources; land surfaces; marine environments; geologic structures; natural hazards; and dynamic processes of the Earth. Citizens, managers, and planners regularly use USGS data, analytical, and interpretive products to respond to and plan for changes in ecosystems and the environment.

The USGS has 135 years of experience generating science-based data. In more than 400 science centers across the United States, the Service employs 8,000 science and science-support staff, who work on locally, regionally, and nationally scaled studies, on research projects, and at sampling and monitoring sites.

Sources of Information

Business Opportunities

General information on contracting is available from the Office of Acquisition and Grants. Phone, 703-648-7376.

Email addresses and phone numbers for contacting USGS small business specialists are posted online.

Career Opportunities

The USGS relies on professionals with a range of expertise and diverse skills to carry out its mission. Many of these professionals were educated and trained in the sciences: biology, chemistry, cartography, ecology, geology, geography, hydrology, and physics.

Information on opportunities for students and recent graduates is available on the USGS Web site.

Earthquakes for Kids

Earthquakes for kids provides online resources to help children and adults learn about earthquakes and earthquake science.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FOIA electronic reading room contains documents related to the Flow Rate Technical Group in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. These documents have been cleared for public release, and the USGS expects to publish additional documents to this collection. Before submitting a FOIA request for agency records, an information seeker should search this reading room and other Federal Government Deepwater Horizon electronic reading rooms for documents and information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The USGS posts answers to FAQs on its Web site.


The volcano hazards program includes an online glossary.

The earthquake hazards program includes an online glossary.


Information on financial assistance programs is available on the USGS Web site.


The Landsat Web site features colorful images spanning the globe.


Maps, publications, reports, and a variety of biological and Earth information resources and historical documents are available through the USGS library system. The USGS Web site features a tool for searching the library's catalog. | Email:

National Map

The National Map Web site offers Internet users a trove of topographical information.

Natural Hazards

Information on the programs and activities of the natural hazards mission—including information on earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides—is available online.


USGS national and State news items are posted online.

The USGS tweets on Twitter and has a Facebook page.


The USGS publications warehouse provides access to over 130,000 publications written by USGS scientists throughout the agency's history.

Report a Landslide

An online form is available on the USGS Web site to report a landslide.

Science Snippets

The USGS posts fun facts and interesting snippets of science on its Web site.

Site Map

The Web site map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

USGS Store

Educational materials, Federal recreation passes, maps, scientific reports, and more are available from the online USGS Store.

Volcano Notification Service

This electronic notification service keeps subscribers abreast of volcanic activity at U.S. monitored volcanoes.

Water Data

Reliable, impartial, and timely information on the Nation's water resources is available on the USGS Web site. Phone, 888-275-8747.

The USGS manages water information at local water resources offices located nationwide. The offices are linked through a computer network; however, each office collects data and conducts studies in a particular area. Local information is best found at a local site or at neighboring sites. | Email:

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