PROGRAM AND PLANS - Program in Fiscal Year 1959

                           UNITED STATES
                    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
                         GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
                     Water Resources Division
                        Washington 25, D.C.

In reply refer to:                          October 17, 1958
                                            Code 4052 0001


To:       District Chiefs and Staff Officials (GW)

From:     Chief, Ground Water Branch, Washington, D.C.

Subject:  PROGRAM AND PLANS - Program in Fiscal Year 1959

The purpose of this memorandum is to request information with
which to prepare an accurate summary of the Ground-Water Branch
program for fiscal year 1959 similar to the summaries for previous

The attached summary of Ground-Water investigations in progress in
1957-58, and the attached map for 1957-58 at a scale 1:5,000,000
for your district were prepared from data previously submitted
from your district.

You are requested to revise this list and map--using either ink or
pencil--to show your program for the 1959 fiscal year, and to
return the revised summary and map to this office by November 10,
1958.  Please show all investigations that were active as of July
1, 1958, and also investigations that are to be started this year
under firm commitments.  Please indicate, by month and year in the
remarks column, the planned date of beginning of new projects for
this fiscal year.

In revising the summary, under "Project Title, Location, and
Objective," add the name of the Project Chief; under "Schedule"
revise to show your current estimate of completion dates; under
"Geologic mapping" indicate the scale of field mapping done or to
be done on the project; under "percent complete July 1," revise to
show status at the beginning of this fiscal year, which should be
the same as shown on your quarterly progress reports dated June
30, 1958, and under "Remarks" show the principal objective of work
during fiscal year 1959.  An investigation will be considered
active unless the report was approved for release to the open file
or to another Federal agency prior to July 1, 1958.

At this time you should review the status of all projects that are
inactive and determine what steps can be taken to complete these
projects.  Every effort should be made to complete them if at all
possible.  It is noted that some district offices have
discontinued work on projects, due to lack of funds, and
subsequently have started new projects using funds from the same
cooperative program.  It is recognized that the district
supervisor occasionally is under pressure from the cooperating
official to discontinue work on a project and undertake more
urgently needed work.  There is no objection to this procedure,
provided that the disruption is only temporary and the work on the
suspended project is resumed within a reasonable period of time.
Unfortunately, frequently the completion of the work is deferred
indefinitely with the result that much of the data collected
becomes out-dated, the project is finally abolished, and much of
the time and money invested in the project is lost.

A number of projects have been listed as inactive for several
years, for which there are apparently no plans for completion.
The status of these projects should be re-evaluated, and if the
information is so out of date that it is not feasible to
reactivate these projects, they should be discontinued, and a
memorandum to that effect sent to this office, giving an
explanation of the reason for discontinuing the project.  However,
before discontinuing the project, you should consider the
possibility of publishing the data already obtained.  The
following information regarding the discontinued projects should
be supplied:  (1) Explain why you are recommending that the
project be discontinued.  (2) What is the present status of the
work?  (3) Have any reports been prepared as a result of the
study?  If so, please give titles and methods of publication.  (4)
If nothing has been published, how do you plan to make the data
collected available to the public?  If work is resumed in the area
or on the study at a later date, the scope of the work to be done
should be reevaluated, and a new project description prepared at
that time.  If the scope of the reactivated project is essentially
the same as the discontinued project, then the old project number
should be retained.

                                   (s) A. N. Sayre

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