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308.2 - Policy Council


OPR: Director's Office

1. Establishment. The USGS Policy Council, formerly the Executive Committee, was established by the Survey Order 188, December 3, 1958.

2. Purpose. The Policy Council is the main leadership and decisionmaking body at the bureau level. Operating as a team, the Council is responsible for: strategic planning; prioritization and promotion of programs and initiatives; budget strategy; and bureau policy guidance and direction for support services, information management, human resources coordination, external coordination and infrastructure. The Council effectively integrates science, management, and policy and serves as the connection between long-term goals and short-term political realities. The Policy Council is assisted by the Science Council and the Operations Council. The Council, through its members , is responsible for communicating its decisions.

3. Representation.


Director, Chairperson

Deputy Director

Associate Director for Programs

Associate Director for Operations

Chief of Staff, Chairperson

Chief Biologist

Chief Geologist

Chief Hydrologist

Chief, National Mapping Division

Chief, Office of Program Support


Specialists from various areas from throughout the USGS may be called, as needed, to serve as advisors to the Policy Council.

4. Type of Organization. Permanent

5. Staff. The Senior Staff Advisor to the Director serves as the Executive Secretary of the Council.

6. Meetings. Policy Council meetings are held once weekly and at the call of the Chairperson.

7. Subcommittees. Subcommittees are established with the endorsement of the members of the Policy Council.

8. Termination Date. None. The charter for this Council will be reviewed every 3 years.

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