US Geological Survey
Carla Burzyk - Director, Office of Budget and Performance
USGS might not be the first agency to come to mind when you think about the fires ravaging California or the drought plaguing the Southeast but these natural events do have an impact on its budget. Burzyk says events such as these may force USGS scientists to shift gears or go into the field to collect vital data. While those sorts of contingencies are taken into account, she says there is only so much flexibility that can be built into the process and that there is, at times, a need to ask Congress for supplemental appropriations. Burzyk says that makes it all the more important to make sure the financial books are in order.