On 17 September 2013, the USGS Coalition honored Representatives Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) with the Coalition’s 2013 Leadership Award. The awards were presented during the USGS Coalition’s annual reception on Capitol Hill.

AIBS is a founding member of the USGS Coalition and AIBS director of public policy Robert Gropp is chair of the group. In addition to remarks by both Representatives, two senior Interior officials spoke. Jennifer Gimbel is the counselor to the assistant secretary for water and science at the Department of the Interior. Suzette Kimball, acting director of the USGS, thanked the Representatives and the USGS Coalition for the years of effort they have given to elevating the profile of the USGS among policymakers.

“We are pleased to recognize Representatives Calvert and DeFazio for their efforts to champion the scientific programs of the United States Geological Survey. Their leadership in Congress has helped increase awareness of the USGS,” stated Dr. Gropp. “Representatives Calvert and DeFazio clearly understand that we all benefit every day from USGS science. The agency’s research and information contribute to economic growth, improve public health and safety, and enhance our ability to smartly manage our natural resources.”

Congressman Calvert is serving his eleventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives and represents Southern California’s 42nd Congressional District. He serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, which oversees funding for the USGS and other Department of Interior programs. As a member of the subcommittee, Calvert plays an important role in ensuring that the USGS has the resources it needs to provide the department and the nation with the scientific information required to make informed decisions. In addition, he focuses on creating long-term solutions for energy and water problems, both to California and the nation.

“I am honored to receive the USGS Coalition Leadership Award. The USGS continues to play an important role in providing the science and data used by natural disaster response organizations and other resource agencies,” stated Congressman Calvert.

Representative DeFazio is serving his fourteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Oregon’s 4th Congressional District. He serves as the ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over the USGS. DeFazio is committed to the responsible management of our nation’s natural resources and has been an outspoken voice for sustainable practices and economic security. In 2013, DeFazio urged House appropriators to support the Department of Interior Climate Science Centers, which provide fundamental scientific information, tools, and techniques for resource managers and other interested parties to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change impacts.

“I am pleased to support the USGS and the work it does to provide reliable scientific data to increase our understanding of the natural environment and how to protect it,” declared Congressman DeFazio. “I am proud to accept this award, and as Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee, I will continue to further USGS’s mission to promote sound science for Oregon and for the Nation.”


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