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A-123 Program Reviews:

The Bureau Approval process for FSP validates the scientific excellence of  information products by ensuring that all appropriate reviews have been conducted and that the product is consistent with all pertinent USGS and Departmental policies, using the following criteria:

(1)

Scientific Excellence, Integrity, and Objectivity

(2)

Conflict of Interest

(3)

Impartiality and Nonadvocacy

(4)

Methodology and Documentation

(5)

Public Benefit and Access

(6)

Natural Hazards and/or Public or Wildlife Health

(7)

Accessibility and Corporate Identity

Defining the population to sample

Funding and expenditures by programs by Science Center were obtained from the FFS system

Compared above with approved publications by Science Center provided by Bureau Approving Officials

OBP identified cost centers and programs for all approved pubs

Used ABC cost data for research and assessment and data collection and management work activities to identify the cost centers within the programs being reviewed

A-123 Tracking and Monitoring Process

Programs are provided with review templates for each publication being reviewed

Regional Chief Scientist interviews Science Center Director on the FSP/Peer Review Process

Discipline Chief Scientist  has final approval of the process

Results are entered into the Report Tracking System

Contact

Evelyn Houser

Internal Controls Coordinator

Office of Budget and Performance

703.648.6031       FAX:  703.648.5068

ehouser@usgs.gov

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