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FY2010: AZGS Identifies Programs to Elliminate or Reduce (10.16.2009)


In September 2009, the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budget (OSPB) called for State agencies, including AZGS, to submit a plan reducing State General Fund monies by 15% in FY-2010. The OSBP further instructed agencies to meet the proposed cut by eliminating programs. Because the budget cuts, if implemented, would occur mid-year, they amount to a 30% cut and the elimination of programs sufficient to meet that cut.

To meet OSBP’s conditions, we propose to eliminate 11 programs outright, reduce funding of seven programs by 5 to 50%, and retain four core programs at current funding levels. The programs were prioritized by an external review panel of AZGS stakeholders (data and service users) that used public input to help guide their recommendations.

On 16 October, OSBP accepted the AZGS proposal . We await further instructions from OSBP and the State Legislature before moving forward to implement the cuts.

Core programs we will attempt to preserve at current funding levels include:

  • Geologic Hazards
  • Geologic Mapping
  • Mineral Resources
  • Basin Analysis (entirely contract and grant funded)

Of the four core programs, one is entirely funded by external funds, whereas the other three receive matching funds from external sources, e.g., the StateMap program receives a 100% match of State funds from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Programs facing 5-to-50% cuts due to transfer of agency-generated funds are:

  • Finance/Administration
  • Energy Resources
  • Map and Book Store (closed for walk-in sales; mail/phone orders only)
  • Inquiries, Outreach, and Tech Transfer
  • GIS Map Production and Database Development
  • Information Technology Support
  • Technical Support for the AZ Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

Programs facing elimination include the following state-funded programs:

  • Phoenix Branch Office
  • Energy Resources
  • Core and Sample Repository
  • Inquiries
  • Education, Outreach, and Tech Transfer
  • Enterprise Geodatabase
  • Library
  • Earth Fissures
  • Publications
  • Information Technology Support
  • Website Updates

Most of the eliminated programs have only limited state general fund support to begin with; typically a part of one or two people’s time. So while we are prepared to eliminate all State funded support to the 11 programs, we hope to maintain the programs, at least in part, by searching out external funds and by reallocating remaining indirect monies from external contracts and grants.

Cost-Cutting Procedures. We are implementing additional cost-cutting moves now, including reducing the number of vehicles and office phones, renegotiating service contracts, and transferring staff to new contracts and grant funded projects.

Further comments, questions, concerns, and ideas can be sent to
Arizona Geological Survey
 Michael Conway, Chief, Geologic Extension Service at  or call 520.209.4146

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