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§ 31e. —  Geologic mapping program 5year plan.

[Laws in effect as of January 24, 2002]
[Document not affected by Public Laws enacted between
  January 24, 2002 and December 19, 2002]
[CITE: 43USC31e]

                         TITLE 43--PUBLIC LANDS
Sec. 31e. Geologic mapping program 5-year plan

(a) In general

    The Secretary, acting through the Director, shall, with the advice 
and review of the advisory committee, prepare a 5-year plan for the 
geologic mapping program.

(b) Requirements

    The 5-year plan shall identify--
        (1) overall priorities for the geologic mapping program; and
        (2) implementation of the overall management structure and 
    operation of the geologic mapping program, including--
            (A) the role of the Survey in the capacity of overall 
        management lead, including the responsibility for developing the 
        national geologic mapping program that meets Federal needs while 
        fostering State needs;
            (B) the responsibilities of the State geological surveys, 
        with emphasis on mechanisms that incorporate the needs, 
        missions, capabilities, and requirements of the State geological 
        surveys, into the nationwide geologic mapping program;
            (C) mechanisms for identifying short- and long-term 
        priorities for each component of the geologic mapping program, 
                (i) for the Federal component, a priority-setting 
            mechanism that responds to--
                    (I) Federal mission requirements for geologic map 
                    (II) critical scientific problems that require 
                geologic maps for their resolution; and
                    (III) shared Federal and State needs for geologic 
                maps, in which joint Federal-State geologic mapping 
                projects are in the national interest;

                (ii) for the State component, a priority-setting 
            mechanism that responds to--
                    (I) specific intrastate needs for geologic map 
                information; and
                    (II) interstate needs shared by adjacent States that 
                have common requirements; and

                (iii) for the education component, a priority-setting 
            mechanism that responds to requirements for geologic map 
            information that are dictated by Federal and State mission 

            (D) a mechanism for adopting scientific and technical 
        mapping standards for preparing and publishing general- and 
        special-purpose geologic maps to--
                (i) ensure uniformity of cartographic and scientific 
            conventions; and
                (ii) provide a basis for assessing the comparability and 
            quality of map products; and

            (E) a mechanism for monitoring the inventory of published 
        and current mapping investigations nationwide to facilitate 
        planning and information exchange and to avoid redundancy.

(Pub. L. 102-285, Sec. 6, as added Pub. L. 106-148, Sec. 6, Dec. 9, 
1999, 113 Stat. 1722.)

                            Prior Provisions

    A prior section 31e, Pub. L. 102-285, Sec. 6, May 18, 1992, 106 
Stat. 170; Pub. L. 105-36, Sec. 3(d), Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 1110, 
provided for the preparation of a geologic mapping program 
implementation plan, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 106-148, Sec. 6, Dec. 9, 
1999, 113 Stat. 1722.

                  Section Referred to in Other Sections

    This section is referred to in sections 31c, 31d, 31g, 31h of this