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U.S. Geological Survey Manual

120.11 – Regional Director Offices


OPR:  Office of the Director

Instructions:  New Survey Manual Chapter.

1.  Regional Offices.  The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is organized on the landscape into seven geographic regions as specified in Figure 11-1.  Within their assigned regions, Regional Directors, under the supervision of the Deputy Director, are responsible for the executive leadership in the execution and operation of USGS science programs including research and development activities; investigative studies; data collection and integration; tools, technologies, and protocol development; information dissemination; technical assistance; and assessment.  This includes: 

A.  Providing leadership to ensure quality, timeliness, and relevance of science and information products; and providing quality and consistency in the application of management policies and procedures with full authority and responsibility for all science programs and field-based administrative support activities.  

B.  Providing liaison activities between regional staff and headquarters to disseminate and coordinate information sharing, reviewing new policy/manual updates, and to develop a shared strategic approach to meeting USGS goals.

C.  Providing scientific leadership, management, and direction for the entire breadth of USGS science; providing capabilities to the science centers and multidisciplinary project personnel within the region of responsibility; and providing bureauwide leadership for national-level issues or Administration priorities with strong regional implementation requirements. 

D.  Serving as the key representative for the Director and the USGS with customers, partners, and stakeholders in their respective region and as the primary representative for regional congressional relations. 

E.  Working with the USGS Office of Communications and Publishing to communicate USGS programs, capabilities, and relevance to the news media, USGS constituents, and customers. 

F.  Managing the science and science support activities of the region through immediate staff and the science center directors.  The Regional Directors oversee staff to support the formulation, execution, and management of regional science and science support activities.  The staff provides support for long-range strategic planning and performance monitoring, and regional program execution. The staff also contributes to bureau-level program planning, policy, and budget formulation.

While the regions represent geographic entities, the responsibilities of the Regional Director can reach beyond those boundaries.  In an effort to balance the regional science portfolios, Regional Directors are often assigned responsibility for centers outside of their geographic regions.  Likewise, some facilities on the landscape are the responsibility of the mission areas and line authority is to these headquartered entities.

2.  Regional Offices and Locations.  Regional Offices are managed by Regional Directors with line authority and responsibility for managing science programs and related support activities within their assigned region.  The geographic regions of responsibility for the USGS Regional Directors are listed Figure 11-1.

/s/ Suzette M. Kimball                                                           November 16, 2015
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Suzette M. Kimball                                                                            Date
Acting Director, U.S. Geological Survey


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