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The U.S. Geological Survey Mineral Resources Program Five-Year Plan, 2006-2010

Performance Measures

Completion of the work described in the five-year goals identified in this plan will provide the Nation with a wide array of high quality scientific information related to mineral production and mineral resources, as well as baseline information on composition and properties of earth materials across the United States. This information and analyses derived from it will be used in national and international public and private policy arenas and decision-making. The variety of products produced crosses the entire spectrum of the minerals life cycle, from descriptions of the processes by which mineral deposits are formed right through to analyses of the economic effects of recycling non-fuel mineral commodities.

MRP is the sole USGS program addressing DOI's Resource Use strategic goal of managing non-energy resources to enhance public benefit, promoting responsible use, and ensuring optimal value of non-energy minerals (U.S. Department of the Interior, 2003, p. 39). The long-term and five-year goals outlined in this document will result in outputs and outcomes that satisfy this DOI goal, and also meet the goals established in the OMB PART process, and the USGS and Geologic Discipline strategic plans.

To clearly measure USGS progress in meeting these goals, four outcome measures were identified in partnership with DOI and OMB and designed to roll up into the intermediate goal of improving the information base, information management, and technical assistance. These measures are:

  • percent of the United States with geologic, geochemical, geophysical, and mineral locality data;
  • percent of customers satisfied with the timeliness of data;
  • percent of customers who have their minerals data needs met; and
  • percent of studies validated through appropriate peer review or independent review.

Outputs that are reported quarterly and measured annually reflect both the research and assessments and minerals information functions and include

  • number of systematic analyses and investigations delivered to customers,
  • number of cumulative gigabytes of data managed,
  • number of formal workshops or training provided to customers,
  • number of mineral commodity reports available for decisions, and
  • percent of targeted analyses delivered which are cited by identified partners within 3 years after analysis delivered.

Two efficiency measures are tracked:

  • percent of expected responses for which canvass forms have been converted to electronic format, and
  • average cost of a systematic analysis or investigation.

Diagram of life cycle of mineralized systems.
Life cycle of mineralized systems, showing products and goals of this five-year plan for MRP.

Diagram of MRP goals and measures.
Linkages between goals outlined in this plan and performance measures.

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