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US Geological Survey - Biological Research and Monitoring

The purpose of the program is to provide biological resources information needed by the nation to best management lands and species. The program achieves this goal through long-term, nationally consistent research and monitoring investigations which are made accessible to policy makers and the public.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • Biological Research and Monitoring has met program goals. For example, 96% of customers are satisfied with usefulness of scientific and technical products.
  • BRM has made progress coordinating research, but could take steps to improve improve accessibility of research and monitoring products. While BRM works collaboratively with other organizations, more formal coordination is lacking with the Biological Information Management and Dissemination program and other DOI bureaus.
  • BRM program reviews have not been adequate. While the program uses various methods for reviews, they have been by research area rather than biology-wide, and were not regularly implemented, or sufficiently independent.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Develop a plan with Biological Research and Monitoring to maximize access to research and data and provide timely reports on the status and trends of the nation's biological resources.
  • Develop performance measures with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to improve coordination for conservation of fish and wildlife populations of management concern.
  • Implement comprehensive and independent programmatic reviews for all of Biological research, monitoring, and management activities.

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