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					       USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
                    Weekly Report, October 22, 2010

**Director’s Office

No input this reporting period.

**Science Branch

Upcoming Events and Highlights

      L. Tieszen will present and participate in a workshop at CSU, October 25-
       27, 2010, on prospects, data and policies for greenhouse gas
       management in U.S. rangelands.
      The LANDFIRE Fuel team will be presenting a workshop titled
       ―LANDFIRE Total Fuel Change ToFuΔ a Practical Tool for Fire and Fuel
       Managers‖ at the 3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference in Spokane,
       Washington, October 25-29, 2010.
      The LANDFIRE Business Lead Group will be holding their fall meeting at
       USGS, EROS on October 26-28, 2010.
      The LCA is organizing an off-site, Friday, October 29, 2010 at Augustana
       College, for all activities related to the applications and resources useful
       for understanding the impacts of biofuels for energy in the Great Plains.
       The intention of the meeting is to develop a better understanding of what
       each person is doing and how the projects can be more effective,
       collaborative and integrated.
      M. Rollins will participate in a briefing for M. Larson on October 22, 2010
       in preparation for the LANDFIRE Futures Forum November 8-9, 2010.
       K. Heidemann has been invited to speak at the European Lidar Mapping
       Forum scheduled for November 2010.
      R. McKinley anticipates submitting an abstract to the 34th International
       Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment. The international
       conference will be held in April of 2011 in Sydney, Australia.

Land Characterization Project (GAM-affiliated)

   North American Land Change Monitoring System

      Project staff attended the North American Land Change Monitoring
       System (NALCMS) meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico. The group reviewed
       the recently completed 2005 land cover accuracy assessment and set a
       goal to complete a new 2005-2009 land cover change assessment by next
       summer.

   Wyoming Sagebrush task

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      Completed a 2nd sagebrush monitoring manuscript titled ―Effects of land
       cover and regional climate variation on long-term spatiotemporal
       sagebrush ecosystems‖, targeted for Global Change Biology.

National Land Cover Database (NLCD) Project (GAM-affiliated)

      The NLCD 2006 National completion rate now stands at 84%.
      The NLCD 2011 Strategies team has developed a protocol to incorporate
       USDA NASS Crop-type data for improving the NLCD 2011 design.
      Two new research themes for NLCD 2011 are now being explored
       including a new approach for better identifying potential wetland areas and
       a national prototyping study to map shrub and bare ground percent.
      The USGS, EROS hosted a USGS NLCD 2006 WebEx meeting to review
       progress and discuss NLCD 2006 issues among USGS mapping teams.

Landcover (NGP-affiliated)

      Staff further refined the Green tint strategy for the National Map protocol to
       improve spatial accuracy and avoid quad boundary issues.

Wildlife Landscape Research Project (STBR-, WTER-, GCR-, and GAM-
affiliated)

      A manuscript was accepted in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation:
       A. Gallant, W. Sadinski, M. Roth and C. Rewa. Changes in historical Iowa
       land cover as context for assessing the environmental benefits of current
       and future conservation efforts on agricultural lands.

Land Cover Status and Trends Project (GC- and GAM-affiliated)

      W. Acevedo and C. Soulard (WGSC) met with D. Willard, the Acting
       Program Coordinator of the Climate and land Use Change Research and
       Development Program, who was in Menlo Park, California for a series of
       informal meetings with scientists funded by her program. W/ Acevedo and
       C. Soulard provided background on the Land Cover Trends project,
       research objectives, current accomplishments, relevance to the Climate
       and Land Use Change Mission Area and the proposed FY 2011 budget
       and work plans. The discussions were positive but much too brief. D.
       Willard will follow up her introduction to the various projects with a data
       call for specific information and a science meeting sometime in the spring.

Early Warning and Environmental Monitoring Project (LRS- and GAM-
affiliated)

      S. Pervez (SGT) and J. Brown published a paper in Remote
       Sensing entitled ―Mapping Irrigated Lands at 250-m Scale by Merging

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       MODIS Data and National Agricultural Statistics‖, Remote Sens. 2010,
       2(10), 2388-2412; doi:10.3390/rs2102388; available online at
       http://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/2/10/2388/
      On October 15, 2010, Missouri University of Science and Technology
       hosted a conference for Expanding Your Horizons (EYH). Originally
       started in 1974, EYH is a non-profit organization whose mission is to
       encourage middle and high school girls to pursue careers in the science,
       engineering, mathematics and technological fields. L. Lansbery, L.
       Bearden and G. Dunn of the USGS in Rolla, Missouri presented a
       workshop as part of this effort. The workshop, titled ―There‘s A Whole Lot
       of Shakin‘ Goin‘ On‖, focused on earthquake hazards, particularly on the
       New Madrid Seismic Zone. After a brief introduction in which each
       presenter talked about why they chose a science career, a PowerPoint
       presentation on the basics of earthquakes was shown. Afterwards, the
       students simulated different earthquake hazards using a plastic cup, sand
       and coins to estimate the risks of structures in loose, compacted and
       liquefied sediments. Everyone got to play a geology Jeopardy game
       which centered on earthquake terminology. Two sessions were held and
       each participant left their workshop with material on the Earthquake
       Hazards Program as well as other programs within the USGS.

Land Cover Applications Project (GAM-, LRS-, ESD-, and NGP-affiliated)

       Land Cover Applications Project (GAM-, LRS-, ESD-, and NGP-
       affiliated)

      S. Huang and C. Young prepared 2011 work plans for the YRB and
       assembled soil moisture, temperature and related data to integrate with
       MODIS and LandFire vegetation products.
      C. Giri completed the GAM-funded Oil Spill project which produced:
       mangrove forest distribution maps through time at 1m and 30m resolution,
       an understanding of ecosystem shifts associated with disturbances, an
       operational methodology to monitor existing and potential new mangrove
       areas with Landsat, ASTER, hyperspectral, Lidar, aerial photographs and
       field inventory data and a draft manuscript for publication. Plans are
       underway to quantify the impacts and recovery of mangroves considering
       multiple stressors including oil spill, winter freeze, sea level rise and land
       use/land cover change and to expand this study to the entire gulf coast.
      B. Wylie integrated the USGS, EROS research and objectives for
       continued YRB work and in preparation for a major planning meeting in
       Portland, Oregon during February 2011.
      S. Liu and others attended the Land Carbon meeting in Reston, Virginia
       on October 19–22, 2010 that focused on the methodology for assessing
       ecological potentials for carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas
       emissions reduction across the U.S.


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     S. Liu and others met with USDA NASS and the U.S. Forest Service
      Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) to discuss potential collaborations for
      the national assessment for carbon sequestration.
     S. Liu will organize a symposium "Systems and Tools for Integrated
      Ecosystem Services Modeling and Decision Support" for the International
      Association of Landscape Ecology World Congress to be held in Beijing,
      China on August 18–23, 2011.
     The Greater Platte River Basin is continuing research initiated in 2010 and
      plans a meeting, which B. Wylie will attend, to complete a ―gap analysis‖
      for the CEN.
     The LCA is organizing an off-site, Friday, October 29, 2010 at Augustana
      College, for all activities related to the applications and resources useful
      for understanding the impacts of biofuels for energy in the Great Plains.
      The intention of the meeting is to develop a better understanding of what
      each person is doing and how the projects can be more effective,
      collaborative and integrated.
     L. Tieszen will present and participate in a workshop at CSU, October 25-
      27, 2010 on prospects, data and policies for greenhouse gas management
      in US rangelands. The goals of this AFRI-supported workshop are to (1)
      Identify significant gaps in knowledge in our understanding of the
      mechanisms and controls on GHG dynamics and carbon sequestration in
      rangeland ecosystems; (2) determine the scale and scope of research
      needed to characterize carbon cycling and GHG fluxes for rangelands of
      the western United States; and (3) develop methods and metrics for
      assessing climate variability and adaptation potential for rangelands. A
      synthesis paper will be completed and a joint proposal prepared for the
      Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program
      (AFRI) of the National Inst. of Food and Agriculture (USDA)

Topographic Sciences (NGP, GAM, and LRS affiliated)

     D. Gesch participated in a Sea-Level Rise Hazards and Decision Support
      Project meeting in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. This meeting of the
      interdisciplinary USGS project team and university collaborators focused
      on project implementation for FY 2011. The intensive study site for this
      year‘s activity is Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland, where
      the specific problem being addressed is the impact of sea-level rise on the
      nesting and foraging habitats of the piping plover, an endangered
      shorebird. The EROS Topographic Science team has developed a high
      resolution topographic-bathymetric elevation model for Assateague that
      will be used by members of the project team for groundwater, ocean
      hydrodynamic and estuarine sediment transport modeling. The project
      team also has a high level of interest in terrestrial lidar surveys of select
      plover habitat locations on the island.
     National Atlas staff made a presentation on million-scale dataset
      development by the National Atlas of the United States at the 2010 North

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    American Cartographic Information Society conference in St. Petersburg,
    Florida.
   National Atlas data production staff continues to work on mosaicking aerial
    photography imagery for the Set of 100 project.
   National Atlas staff added 1 new layer to the inventory, a shapefile of ―U.S.
    Census 2008‖. Also added were 3 updated data layers to the inventory for
    ―U.S. Census Database, 1990‖, ―U.S. Census Database, 2000‖ and
    ―Congressional Districts of the United States – 111th Congress‖.
   The 1/9 processing team completed processing and inspection of the
    mosaic, shaded relief and footprints of the IL_WillCounty and
    IL_Whiteside data sets both areas have data issues need resolution.
    Work is continuing on the OH Lot4 data sets. The OH_Lot5 DEM and
    shaded relief were loaded for seamless delivery. The mosaic, shaded
    relief and footprint of the GA_LakeLanier_Lot3 data set were also
    completed. Inspection of the GA data is ongoing. Processing of PA_Lot6
    was completed as was the inspection and editing of the PA_South
    dataset.
   The software developer conducted testing to resolve timeout issues.
    Windows system administrators (WSA) completed collection of initial
    server statistics and began compilation of results. The WSAs continued
    performance testing on TOPO servers to evaluate I/O thresholds. The
    MITM patching was implemented to correct security vulnerabilities.
   The primary database administrator moved NED ―Big 5‖ to the Grid as part
    of the bimonthly NED update. This task was taken over by the TOPO dba
    from the outgoing IADD dba and supported other bimonthly NED update
    activities. Two keywords/ table spaces in GASR16 were backed up 2
    NED -- 1350GB. A corrupted data file in the GASR16 database was
    recovered.
   A new work order to check the availability in Computer Room 2 for 8 L6-30
    circuits was submitted, 11 network drops and 3 fiber runs back to
    Computer Room 1. If the appropriate requirements are identified,
    Facilities will move the Topo Science equipment located in Computer
    Room 1 (CR1 3-9-1) from Computer Room 1 to Computer Room 2.
    Following the IBM server rack move, the TSSC Hardware Engineers will
    also need to move the Dell R710 Bridge server, Dell/EMC storage and
    brocade switches to Computer Room 2 and install in the IBM server rack
    with the BladeCenter.
   Power availability in Computer Room 2 has been identified to burn-in the
    IBM BladeCenter. Submitted a work order to move the BladeCenter to
    Computer Room 2. This work order will be on-hold until the new work
    order above has been completed.
   Delivered Elevation Derivatives for National Applications (EDNA) data to
    J. Rice, Research Associate, Western Water Assessment/USDA Forest
    Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station Fort Collins, Colorado. J. Rice
    will be using the EDNA data for a watershed vulnerability assessment for
    the Shoshone National Forest in northwestern Wyoming.

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Fire Science Project (GAM- and LRS-affiliated)

Upcoming Events and Visitors

      The LANDFIRE Business Lead Group will be holding their fall meeting at
       EROS October 26-28, 2010.
      The LANDFIRE Fuel team will be hosting a workshop titled ―LANDFIRE
       Total Fuel Change ToFuΔ a Practical Tool for Fire and Fuel Managers‖ at
       the 3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference in Spokane, Washington
       October 25-29, 2010.
      M. Rollins will participate in a briefing for M. Larson on October 22, 2010
       in preparation for the LANDFIRE Futures Forum November 8-9, 2010.

Highlights, Status, or milestones

      M. Rollins briefed M. Larson on LANDFIRE on October 21-22, 2010.

Wildland Fuel Mapping and Modeling

      The LANDFIRE Refresh production server is up and running. The
       migration of the LANDFIRE production system is under way and testing of
       linkages and functionality will follow.
      The latest delivery of the Vegetation Change Tracker (VCT) has been
       successfully installed. Landsat stacks are being processed through this
       latest version to compare with older VCT version output to evaluate if the
       improvements that will be useful in the current LANDFIRE Refresh RSLC
       process.
      Completed mapping for National Resources Inventory (NRI) Montana Pilot
       project and participated in wrap-up conference call with LANDFIRE and
       NRI staff on October 18, 2010.
      Completed a ground and canopy finding exercise for the ICESat-2 photon-
       counting simulations for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
       (Maryland) study site.
      Processed eMODIS Alaska data in 2002 and 2010 for 4 weeks
       composition data. Tested the disturbance detection using difference of
       NDVI. Compared the difference NDVI data with a local fire to set up
       detection thresholds. Future studies will include using 3 months
       composite data and new spectral indices, as well as compare MTBS fire
       records in Alaska area.

**Data Management Branch

Earth Observing System (EOS)

No input this reporting period.

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Emergency Operations (EO)

   Staff provided data management and distribution support to the following
    events: New Zealand Earthquake, Colorado wild fires, the Gulf Oil Spill and
    data loading for the National Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA)
    collection.

Emergency Operations (EO) Liaison

No input this reporting period.

Information Access and Data Distribution (IADD)

Upcoming Activities and Highlights

   National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) Visit (Bethesda, Maryland &
    Arnold, Missouri Staff) for business model and technical discussions with
    Information Solutions – IADD Project – Tentatively scheduled for a date to be
    determined after October 1, 2010.

Data Raster – Orthoimagery

   Received 8 areas of High Resolution Orthoimagery (HRO) to be processed
    for NGA Homeland Defense Division (PMH). The total size of the datasets is
    1,929 gigabytes.
   Continue to work on final steps of service overview creation and releasing of
    HRO.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Support

No input this reporting period.

Cross Cutting Enablers – Program Capability - General Information
Technology (IT)

   Staff continues to review power and environment requirements, as an
    ongoing process, with results being shared with Computer Room 1 group.
   Several minor technology discovery and research endeavors have been
    completed where Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices have been
    located, overviewed and availability and web accessible or street pricing has
    been gathered. Equipments identified, include NAS devices from IBM, Dell,
    Oracle, Overland and Virtual Graffiti.

Cross Cutting Enablers - Information Technology (IT) Security


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   Staff completed software scans on 14 development servers and on 0
    production servers with results being forwarded to appropriate skill groups for
    analysis and resolution as needed.
   Staff manually imaged 14 IADD windows servers in preparation for monthly
    Microsoft patches.
   Staff continues to internally review and prepare as necessary, Certification
    and Accreditation (C&A) documentation for re-population of the Cyber
    Security Assessment and Management (CSAM) System following the
    systems crash and inability to restore with the most recent information.
   Staff continues to review latest security outputs from the most recent scans.

Services Delivery – Viewer Web Services

No input this reporting period.

Services Delivery – Data production Download

   Through the Tiled Data Delivery System (TDDS) and the National Map
    Seamless Server delivered 3,893 files of data by direct downloads.

National Elevation Dataset (NED)

No input this reporting period.

National Landcover Dataset (NLCD)

No input this reporting period.

Emergency Operations (EO or EMOPS)

   Continued work on the Emergency Operations (EO) search tool and post
    event (baseline) TDDS access.

Geography Websites

No input this reporting period.

Geographic Analysis and Monitoring (GAM) Websites

   Completed 508 compliance check and update website.

Land Remote Sensing (LRS) Websites

No input this reporting period.

Common Data Integration (CDI) Task

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No input this reporting period.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

   Continued work on new FEMA tasks, as outlined in June 23, 2010 email from
    P. Rooney.
   Continue ingesting of Digital Orthophoto Quadrangles – Black and White
    (BW) to the Image Server Storage Area Network (SAN).

Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS)

   Staff continues to participate in weekly planning and engineering
    teleconferences supporting Computer Room readiness for additional
    equipment.
   Fire Aviation Management (FAM) equipment (partial shipment) was received
    onto the Computer Room 1 operations floor. Subsequent installation,
    pending power pedestal installations, is to be determined but anticipated by
    the end of the calendar year.
   Staff completed 1 out-of-cycle scan for WFDSS/ Fire Program Analysis (FPA)
    as requested.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) - Geospatial Intelligence
(GeoINT)

   Continue to update the portal with links to Emergency Operations Crisis
    datasets (Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill).
   Staff continues to participate in weekly planning and engineering telecom
    supporting data preparation and compression status, distribution, system
    deployment and operational readiness.
   Staff completed distributing introductory email to the appropriate NGA
    partners detailing the NGA Distribution process.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) – GeoINT Data
Transformation Service (GDTS)

No input this reporting period.

Long Term Archive (LTA)

   Single Frame Metadata for last week involved 33 indexes generating 1,558
    records. To date, the team has converted 1,861,714 records from photo
    indexes and 143,191 from map-line plots generated for a total of 2,004,905
    single frame records. Land mark note - The last of the USGS indexes
    archived at EROS were completed as of October 15, 2010.



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   Work continues toward web-enabling additional Heat Capacity Mapping
    Mission (HCMM) data which arrived at EROS on DVD but originally came
    from a digital source rather than scanned from film.
   Produced 182 on demand scanning service requests this week. Scanning
    backlog is 839 frames. A total of 1,004 frames have been completed to date.
   The Phoenix V scanning systems imaged 6,148 frames this week resulting in
    a cumulative total of 408,499 frames (2,284 vinegar syndrome rolls) ingested
    into the archive and web enabled.
   Scanned and web enabled 41 DeClass images bringing the total collection to
    7,418.
   Completed and web enabled 8 composites for the historical 2009 Alaska
    Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) Greenness Maps.
   Work is underway to switch the AVHRR production from NOAA 18 to NOAA
    19. The anticipated cutover date is January 1, 2011.
   L1A SPOT scenes were acquired, archived and processed to an L1Gst
    product for subsequent archive and distribution. To date the archive totals
    22,279 SPOT 5 and 30,700 SPOT 4 scenes for a total of 52,424 scenes web
    enabled.
   Ingested 4,481 PALSAR scenes resulting in a total of 121,204 scenes web
    enabled through EarthExplorer.
   Ingested 4 Worldview and 52 QuickBird scenes to the commercial data
    archive and web-enabled with attendant license restrictions.

Upcoming Events

   Web-enable scanned Thematic Mapper film, Eagle Vision Generic,
    Worldview-2, GEOEYE-1, Global Fiducials Library, Digital Elevation Model
    and the GLS2010 data sets.
   Release full resolution Browse for Landsat data in Earth Explorer in
    November 2010 with data being released as it is created.
   Release of the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LPDAAC)
    Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data collections in
    Earth Explorer in March 2011.
   Switch from NOAA 18 to NOAA 19 AVHRR data for Greenness Mapping on
    January 1, 2011.

Remote Sensing Technologies (RST)

Visit to the University of North Dakota

   The Remote Sensing Technologies (RST) Project and the RS Branch Chief J.
    Willems traveled to the University of North Dakota to investigate potential
    opportunities in remote sensing collaboration. The primary focus of this visit
    was the J. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at University of North
    Dakota. The visit was hosted by Dr. Seelan, Chair of the Space Studies
    Department. Highlights from the visit include:

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   Aviation School – Has multiple contracts with over 15 countries, such as,
    Japan, Saudi Arabia, Norway, China and more in flight training and air traffic
    control training. In addition, it has a fleet of over 140 aircraft and dozens of
    flight and air traffic control simulators for training.
   The EROS contingent met with the Dean of the School of Aerospace, Dr.
    Smith. Dr. Smith described the school and their future plans. They currently
    have ~1875 students and a budget of $92 million per year, of which only $7
    million is from state appropriations. Their model of maintaining a constant
    ambitious, entrepreneurial external focus has made them the best aviation
    school in the nation and arguably one of the best aerospace colleges. Dr.
    Smith would like to visit EROS in the near future and discussed a possible
    visit on November 29, 2010.
   Dr. Smith identified Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) as the biggest areas for
    growth and opportunity for the School of Aerospace Sciences. Since every
    UAS is, by default, a remote sensing platform, this is a growing area that
    should be investigated by EROS as well.
   At a meeting with staff and students from the Space Studies and Earth
    System Science and Policy, J. Willems presented a brief overview of EROS
    and some of the plans and possible directions that EROS and future Landsat
    activities.
   Recommended the establishment of an MOU with the University of North
    Dakota to work not only with the School of Aerospace Sciences, but also with
    other departments within the university, such as Geography. This was
    heartily agreed to by the University of North Dakota staff with whom we
    spoke.
   Visited the research building housing the International Space Station
    Agriculture Camera (ISSAC). We
    observed the flight hardware and also
    the operations center for this system at
    the School. This coming weekend the
    camera system will be sent to NASA for
    final tests and then on to Japan for
    launch aboard an H2V rocket top supply
    the International Space Station in
    January 2012. RST staff members have
    recently been involved with UND staff in
    this development, providing calibration
    ideas and support.
   In many discussions the importance of                          ISSAC Camera
    Landsat to the ongoing research at
    University of North Dakota was brought up. Also discussed the need for
    additional data sets, including access to high-resolution data for validation of
    findings with Landsat and other uses. Also briefed the UND staff about the
    availability of commercial imagery through EROS and the CIDR tool.
   Internship opportunities were also discussed, and EROS contact information
    was distributed.

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   Overall the visit to the University of North Dakota School of Aerospace
    Science was a very stimulating and thought-provoking. The entrepreneurial
    energy and successes that they were able to demonstrate on the Dakota
    prairie was inspiring.

Digital Imagery Quality Assurance Plan (DIQAP) & Optical Science
Laboratory:

   The RST project met with the EROS Senior Staff and after which it was
    decided to move forward with a briefing on the DIQAP and the plan for the
    future of analog camera calibration Optical Science Laboratory (OSL) in
    Reston, Virginia.
   The OSL plan includes an immediate update to the calibration fee structure.
    The fee update is scheduled to be done every 3 years but is behind schedule
    and causing operational cost issues. It was determined to move the fee
    update forward for signature and present the plan for the future of the OSL.
   The implementation proposal for USGS Quality Assurance Plan for Digital
    Aerial Imagery provided to USGS Program stakeholders will need to be
    presented to NGP and LRS for implementation recommendations and
    approval. The plan has been developed in the research mode by RST with
    support from LRS and NGP and is ready to be completed by making
    decisions about the implementation/operational phase within USGS.

JACIE Workshop Site Visit

   The USGS, EROS Remote Sensing Team (RST) project evaluated Boulder,
    Colorado as the site for the 2011 Civil Commercial Imagery Evaluation
    Workshop sponsored by the Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation
    (JACIE) team. As a result, the workshop will be held at the Marriott in
    Boulder, Colorado on March 29-31, 2011. The Boulder, Colorado location
    looks very good to accommodate the workshop, and the evaluation team
    visited Microsoft Imaging as part of the visit. Microsoft Imaging has agreed to
    provide an optional tour and abstracts/presentations as part of the JACIE
    workshop.
   The Workshop abstracts are due November 15, 2010 and the JACIE
    committee is looking to finalize Government and keynote speakers as well as
    listing the technical presentations for the preliminary agenda by November
    20, 2010. USGS headquarters has agreed to help establish the USGS
    speaker. Registration, abstract and poster submission information can be
    obtained at http://jacie.nvisionsolutions.com/. 2011 commemorates 10 years
    of commercial and federal industry calibration and validation via the JACIE
    effort. For more information, contact G. Stensaas at stensaas.usgs.gov, or
    605-594-2569.

Remote Sensing Consultation and Coordination (RSCC)


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No input this reporting period.

Data and Information Management

No input this reporting period.

Major Upcoming Events/Activities

No input this reporting period.

Engineering and Information Technology Project Management

   All activities of the project are reviewing Technical Services Support
    Contractor (TSSC) Project and Task Manager Summary Reports (TMSR).
    These contractor financial reports indicate actual contractor spending levels
    vs. planned spending levels. The review of these reports is in preparation to
    accept or reject the TSSC activity invoice for the expense period.

Enterprise Information Technology (IT) Support and Security

   The weekly USGS Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT)
    teleconference was held this week. Due to the USGS reorganization, this
    team has been newly constituted and since EROS now has a formal member
    on this team, the participation by EROS is much more formal. The
    teleconference again discussed logistical aspects of the team
    communications, reporting and administrative processes. The team is
    embarking on a campaign to review and strengthen its ability to analyze
    infected computer systems and network traffic.
   Updated Adobe Reader and Flash Player products on project laptops and
    desktops.
   Participated in a bureau teleconference focusing on EROS File Transfer
    Protocol (FTP) servers and associated waivers for operation.
    Understandably, the bureau is hoping to reduce the number of FTP servers
    and EROS continues to convert anonymous FTP servers to secure servers
    wherever feasible.
   EROS continues involvement in the Bureau Windows Technical Support
    Team (BWTST) and the Bureau UNIX Technical Support Team (BUTST)
    teleconferences. BUTST discussions focused on application of Security
    Technical Information Guides (STIG) and anti-virus software for Linux and
    UNIX systems, and projected support levels for MAC systems. The BWTST
    has planned an annual face-to-face meeting in Denver, Colorado in
    November 2010, discussed the 1st blush of issues surrounding the
    implementation of a new messaging system this fiscal year, and addressed
    various administrative and logistical issues facing the team.

Network Services O&M

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   Updated Adobe Reader and Flash Player products on project laptops and
    desktops.
   Conducted tests on recently upgraded backbone switch operating system
    software and determined a patch was required. A new version will be
    installed on 3 core switches in a week.

Network Services Development and Planning

   Briefed Center management on the future configuration of federal civil
    networks as mandated under Office of Management and Budget‘s Trusted
    Internet Connection (TIC) initiative, deployed under Office of Homeland
    Security operational oversight. A condensed version of the briefing will be
    included in the agenda for M. Larsen‘s visit.
   Participated in a TIC Implementation teleconference with representatives of
    DOI, USGS headquarters and Verizon Business. Engaged DOI Enterprise
    Services Network (ESN) staff in a review of EROS‘ proposed mitigation of
    current security-non-compliant networks. The networks involved are the a)
    StarLight circuit connecting to NASA Integrated Services Network (NISN) and
    to private advanced networks such as Internet2 and National Lambda (light)
    Rail; and, b) South Dakota Research, Education and Economic Development
    (REED) network, which is being used as an experimental very high-speed
    test bed and operational network. DOI staff expressed numerous uninformed
    opinions hostile to private networks. Another teleconference is scheduled for
    November 1, 2010. Efforts are on-going to enlighten the DOI staff. The TIC
    briefing presented to EROS management will be sent to the USGS TIC point-
    of-contact to assist her in better informing her DOI counterparts.
   Tested the Development version of the Web Applications Firewall (WAF) at
    Menlo Park, California, once it had been upgraded to the same software
    revision level as the 2 units at EROS. The Development unit did not exhibit
    any loss of data during testing, whereas both the primary and backup WAF
    units at EROS failed testing. There have been extensive discussions
    between the manufacturer and TSSC network engineers. At this point it
    appears there is an architectural difference between the Development unit at
    Menlo Park, California and the operational units here. The Development unit
    is a less powerful 660 model, whereas the operational units are the
    considerably faster 860 model. Discussions with the manufacturer and the
    Western Region IT Security Operations Team (ITSOT) specialist are on-
    going. Please note the ‗Development‘ unit at Menlo Park, California is a
    production unit primarily used as a test bed for patch release testing prior to
    operational deployment at EROS.
   Developed a plan to implement a standardized test server for network
    performance testing. The server will run a public-domain software suite used
    to compile and archive network performance metrics for private networks
    such as Internet2, Energy Sciences network, REED and other accessible
    networks. The metrics benefit EROS as well as users nationwide who seek
    to evaluate and/or troubleshoot specific network performance characteristics.

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Desktop Services Support (DSS)

 Facilitated the Desktop Services User Advisory Panel (DSUAP) meeting this
  week. The panel again reviewed their stance on the options for desktop
  acquisition and installation processes. The major issue at hand focuses on
  the designation of the Chief Property Officer (CPO) property management
  function, either to the Contracting Officer‘s Representative (COR) or to the
  Project Managers (PM). EROS Senior Management is focusing on this issue
  this week to determine the best alternative for the Center. The panel also
  initiated a discussion regarding the scope of Desktop Services Support
  activities and will continue the discussion at the next meeting.
 Adobe Reader and Flash Player Patches – DSS Technical Support staff are
  researching effective alternatives to accommodate the most recent USGS
  security mandate involving many Adobe products, no formal plan as of yet.
 DSS Document/Process Control System (DPCS) – DSS continues progress
  on the formal process of managing all necessary DSS related documents
  (SOPs, Checklists, etc.). The new Document Control implementation will
  provide DSS standard conventions for managing and updating the many
  inherent processes within DSS.
 DSSHelp.gov – DSS implemented a new release this week that assist users
  logging in, enables easier uploads of new users and provides admins and
  approving officials a smoother ―request for service‖ process by validating and
  auto-uploading existing employees. A new upgrade is planned in 2 weeks
  that create better access for all users that need to request processes in DSS.
 DSS Capacity Planning - DSS continues plan work using capacity planning.
  Typical services that took days are now planned for weeks later. DSS is
  looking into revising its current resources to allow better flexibility to provide
  DSS deliverables.
REUSE SYSTEMS AVAILABLE = 0.
 PC Metrics October 11-15, 2010 (Based on Current Contract).
       o New Installations: 4 Provided / 5 Pending / 59 Total to Date (planned
          30).
       o Reuse Installations: 2 Provided/ 0 Pending / 10 Total to Date (20
          planned).
       o Functional Requests: 0 Provided/1 Pending.
       o Rework: 0 Provided/3 Pending/22 Total to Date (10 planned).
       o Active Directory (AD) System Conversion: 0 Provided/2 Pending/31
          Total/ 43 Remaining (0 planned).
       o Data Cleanses: 1 Provided / 5 Pending / 29 Total to Date.
       o Office 2007 Upgrades (FBMS): 6 Provided / 5 Pending / 6 Total (0
          planned).

Landsat

Travel

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   R. Headley – at EROS

Flight Operations

   Landsat 5 – Continue planning for upcoming Delta-i (Inclination Maneuver) on
    October 26, 2010.
     High probability of conflict with Shuttle Discovery launch.
        Perform first burn on October 26, 2010.
        No imaging while Delta-i is performed.
        Burns scheduled for November 2, 2010 and November 9, 2010 may be
          delayed until November 16, 2010 and November 23, 2010.
   Landsat 5 – Special request over Senegal.
   Landsat 5 – Special request over Atlantic Islands.
   Landsat 5 – began collections over Maspalomas until December 31, 2010 for
    seasonal campaign.
   Landsat 7 – Special request for Typhoon Megi.
   Landsat 7 – Special request for the Azores.

Ground Operations/Web-enabling

   Processed 7,429 standard recipe scenes (October 15-21, 2010).
     Downloads = 33,462 (October 15-21, 2010).
   Assembled draft set of special data acquisition request test cases for LDCM
    Ground Readiness Tests (GRT) derived from Landsat 7 examples.
   Held ORR for Level-1 Product Generation System (LPGS) 11.2.1, Image
    Assessment System (IAS) 10.2.2, Landsat Archive Manager (LAM) 6.2.1 &
    Landsat Archive Conversion System (LACS) 6.3.0.
     Installation and setup of Conservation International equipment.
     System down on October 20, 2010 and returned to Ops on October 22,
       2010 (morning).
   Scheduled Integral Systems integration of 5.4-Meter automation system for
    November 10-19, 2010.
     Final visit for automation system including acceptance test, review of
       documentation and training.
     Three phases for operational certification of the automation system.
        Phase I - automation of RF gear.
        Phase II - automation of 10-Meter antenna and S-band gear.
        Phase III wraps up operational certification period by tying in 5.4-Meter
           antenna.
        Expect full certification by end of the calendar year.
   Attended Ground Network Element (GNE) Build 2 Preliminary Ship Review
    (PSR).

**Remote Sensing Branch


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Landsat Data Continuity Mission

Staffing

      The Project Manager position has not opened and is still waiting direction
       from headquarters.

Upcoming Events/Meetings

      Mission Operations Review (MOR), GSFC, October 26-28, 2010.
      Information Technology Investment Review Board (IT IRB) Meeting,
       Reston, Virginia, October 27, 2010 – Cancelled.
      Landsat Science Team technical workshop on November 1-3, 2010 in
       Boston, Massachusetts.

Accomplishments / Status

Project Management (PE) / Systems Engineering (SE)

      Ground Readiness Test 2 (GRT 2) Test Planning & Level 3 (L3)
       Requirements Verification was October 18-22, 2010.
      The Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) Spacecraft Monthly Status
       Review (MSR) was held in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 19-20, 2010 and
       the Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation (BATC) Project Monthly
       Review (PMR) was held in Boulder, Colorado on October 20-21, 2010.
      Refined the Land Satellites Data System (LSDS) Work Breakdown
       Structure (WBS) in preparation for establishing new baselines for TSSC
       task orders.
      Reviewed draft outline of the NASA/USGS Programmatic Transition Plan.

LSDS IC

      Assisted Mexico (CONABIO) and Germany (DLR) with Landsat 5 ground
       station downlink validation utilizing our Framed Raw Expanded Data
       (FRED)-to-Raw Computer Compatible (RCC) converter. Testing was
       unsuccessful due to incompatibilities with our converter only accepting
       FRED framed data as an input rather than the RAW format provided by
       CONABIO/DLR.

Development

Flight Systems Development/Flight Operations Segment (FDS/FOS)

      Work on CAPE 2.0 continues; Coding has been completed and the
       developers are working on integration and test plans; CAPE management



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      is evaluating a potential schedule discrepancy to ensure the planned
      delivery date is met.
     GNET2a regression testing was completed on Tuesday morning and a
      pre-ship review (PSR) for GNE 2.0 was held on Thursday. The release
      was conditionally approved following minor changes to the final report
      asking the team to provide more detail of the changes between release 1
      and release 2.
     The MOE build 3.3 lab acceptance test (LAT) was completed this week
      and a post-test review will be held on Friday.

Data Processing and Archive System (DPAS)

     The Data Processing and Archive System (DPAS) development teams are
      continuing full development activities for subsystem releases.
     The DPAS team is working with the Ground System (GS) engineering
      team to resolve the issue of certain pieces of spacecraft ancillary data
      being marked as proprietary (thus introducing issues with being able to
      share documentation and code related to this data with external entities).
     The DPAS team is working with the GS engineering team on assessing
      the impact of recent changes in the Flight Software (FSW) delivery
      schedules and contents. The latest strategy is to add reserve to the
      schedule between element delivery and Ground Readiness Tests (GRTs)
      and continue performing regular analysis of the existing baseline the team
      is working against and the emerging changes. The goal is to ensure that
      the team will be able to provide a product that closely maps to emerging
      engineering data.
     Formal I&T is underway for Release 1.0 of the User Portal subsystem.
      Initial test case execution completed on Friday, October 8, 2010. The
      engineering team has resolved the 6 Test Discrepancy Reports (TDRs)
      that resulted from this testing and is currently engaged in regression
      testing and preparing artifacts for a November 2010 Pre-Ship Review
      (PSR).
     The formal subsystem I&T cycles will continue with TRRs for Release 1.0
      of the Ingest and Subsetter subsystems this fall, as well as Release 2.0 of
      the Storage and Archive subsystem.
     Significant DPAS Formal Qualification Test 1 (FQT 1) planning activities
      are underway; this first element-level test cycle will commence in February
      2011.
     The DPAS team is working with the Ground System Infrastructure (GSI)
      team to coordinate the installation and configuration of major components
      of the DPAS Ground Readiness Test (GRT) and Operations environment
      that arrived at EROS on October 14, 2010. This includes all servers for
      image processing, data access and infrastructure.

Development Infrastructure



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      The Ground System Infrastructure folks are planning installation of
       operational servers received this week.
      The Network Interface Test (level 5 requirements) is being prepared.

Operations

      Received a Communications Security (COMSEC) briefing to allow the
       NASA Flight Operations Team (FOT) to manage the keys for the MYK-
       15A encryptor.
      The NASA FOT participated in the Spacecraft Fault Management (FM)
       Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM).
      The DPAS Operations Training Plan was signed off and baselined in the
       Landsat Operations Project's Ground System Configuration Control Board
       (GCCB).
      The Mission Readiness Test (MRT) Working Group focused on defining
       MRT #5, Instrument Operations.

LDCM Science

Science Research and Development

      Web-enabled Landsat Data (WELD) version 1.5 was released (October
       15, 2010).
      Preparation and presentation of briefing to the Associate Director for
       Climate and Land Use Change on USGS status and plans for developing
       climate data records and essential climate variables from Landsat data.

Landsat Science Team

      Prepared for the upcoming Landsat Science Team technical workshop
       scheduled for November 1-3, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Calibration Validation

Instrument status:
Operational Land Imager (OLI):

      Ball Aerospace Technology Corp (BATC) has started the set up of the OLI
       in the Brutus Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) chamber for flight unit testing. The
       schedule for the Spatial Test Setup (SPATS) is from October 24, 2010 to
       November 30, 2010.

Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS):

      The Focal Plane Module (FPM) 3 testing has started.



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     The TVAC chamber has been pumped down and a bake-out of the
      chamber will be performed starting October 21, 2010 which will take 24
      hours. Cool-down of the chamber will follow and the GSFC engineers
      should have the TIRS sensor at temperature and ready to take science
      measurements by October 23, 2010.


**Communications and Outreach

     2010 EROS Annual Report manuscript sent to J. Faundeen and G.
      Johnson for peer review. Should be ready for Rolla PSC editorial review
      by November 8, 2010.
     Finalized preparations for Smithsonian Earth from Space exhibit at the
      Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Exhibit will be on
      display November 8, 2010 – January 9, 2011. EROS will participate in
      SciPub presentation on remote sensing December 3, 2010.
     Developed looping slide presentation for use in exhibit booth at the GEO-
      VII Plenary Session, Beijing, China, November 2-5, 2010.
     Image of the week – Devils Lake, North Dakota Flooding -
      ftp://edcftp.cr.usgs.gov/pub/edcuser/neugebau/outgoing

WWW

     EROS Internal Redesign:
        o Release delayed because errors discovered in final review
     Change Requests (6)

Front Desk

     Tours: 17
     Visitors: 53

Media Services

     Framed North Dakota State mosaic for University of North Dakota visit.

Outreach

     L. Hansen replaced L. Hurley at Reception Desk.
     Produced inventory schedule for outreach conference equipment. Should
      help with scheduling requests from USGS entities outside EROS.
     Supported exhibit booth at Women In Science event in Yankton, South
      Dakota.
     Received 2 job shadow request to work with Aerospace Engineer. D.
      Daniels will host.
     Upcoming schedule of events:

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         o GSA Annual Meeting – October 31 – November 3, 2010, Denver,
           Colorado
         o ASPRS 2010 Fall Conference, November 15 – 19, 2010, Orlando,
           Florida
         o AGU Fall Meeting – December 13-17, 2010, San Francisco,
           California
         o Edison Middle School Science Club – February 10, 2011, Sioux
           Falls, South Dakota
         o 8th Grade Career Fair – February 13, 2011, Wagner, South Dakota

Pub Review

     Approved: (6)
         o IP-025222 — B. Peterson — Abstract — Vegetation structure
            estimation for the Yukon Flats using lidar
         o IP-025233 — B. Wylie — Abstract — Monitoring boreal forest
            performance related to weather and non-weather in the Yukon
            River Basin
         o IP-025256 — L. Ji — Abstract — Aboveground biomass estimation
            for the Yukon River Basin with Landsat data
         o IP-025266 — S. Boyte — Abstract — Mapping future big sagebrush
            productivity and extent in a northern Great Basin rangeland
            ecosystem
         o IP-025294 — R. Headley — Abstract — Expanding the Reach of
            Landsat Data by Reducing Barriers
         o IP-025363 — P. Danielson — Abstract — Development of a New
            Protocol for Mapping Crop and Hay/Pasture Areas for the National
            Land Cover Database 2011 (NLCD2011)
     Entered: (12)
         o IP-025256 — L. Ji — Abstract — Aboveground biomass estimation
            for the Yukon River Basin with Landsat data
         o IP-025263 — J. Nelson — Conference proceedings — Landsat
            Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Space to Ground Mission Data
            Architecture
         o IP-025266 — S. Boyte — Abstract — Mapping future big sagebrush
            productivity and extent in a northern Great Basin rangeland
            ecosystem
         o IP-025278 — S. Chen — Abstract — Fire disturbance detection
            using multi-temporal SLC-off gap-filled and SLC-on Landsat data
         o IP-025290 — L. Jonescheit — Web site content — Landsat Ground
            Station Operators Working Group (LGSOWG#39)
         o IP-025294 — R. Headley — Abstract — Rachel M.K. Headley -
            Expanding the Reach of Landsat Data by Reducing Barriers
         o IP-025313 — J. Rover — Abstract — Investigation of weather
            influences on surface water extents in Alaska


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       o IP-025335 — J. Rover — Abstract — Remote sensing of
           Landscapes and Ecosystems in Alaska
       o IP-025363 — P. Danielson — Abstract — Development of a New
           Protocol for Mapping Crop and Hay/Pasture Areas for the National
           Land Cover Database 2011 (NLCD2011)
       o IP-025273 — J. Fry — Abstract — Completion of the National Land
           Cover Database (NLCD) 2006 Update Products
       o IP-025377 — S. Pervez — Abstract — Monitoring the spatio-
           temporal change in irrigated areas between 2002 and 2007 in the
           conterminous U.S.
       o IP-025385 — J. Long — Abstract — Mapping and Monitoring
           Louisiana‘s Mangroves in the Aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico
           Oil Spill
   Edited: (9)
       o S. Chen — Abstract — Fire disturbance detection using multi-
           temporal SLC-off gap-filled and SLC-on Landsat data
       o G. Chander — Journal article — Introduction: Terrestrial reference
           standard test sites for post-launch calibration [1 ½ page
           introduction to a special issue of Canadian Journal of Remote
           Sensing]
       o L. Zhang/L. Ji/B. Wylie — Journal article — Upscaling carbon fluxes
           over the Great Plains grasslands: sinks and sources [the authors
           asked me to edit this previously approved article before submission
           to journal]
       o L. Jonescheit — Web site content — Landsat Ground Station
           Operators Working Group (LGSOWG#39)
       o P. Danielson — Abstract — Development of a New Protocol for
           Mapping Crop and Hay/Pasture Areas for the National Land Cover
           Database 2011 (NLCD2011)
       o J. Fry — Abstract — Completion of the National Land Cover
           Database (NLCD) 2006 Update Products
       o J. Long — Abstract — Mapping and monitoring Louisiana‘s
           mangroves in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill
           G. Xian — Journal article — Effects of land cover and regional
           climate variations on long-term spatiotemporal changes in
           sagebrush ecosystems [re-review after approval, authors requested
           another copyedit before submitting to journal]
       o K. Sayler — Abstract — Contemporary land cover and land use
           change in the eastern region of the United States
   IPDS Support: (21)
   Publications totals (FY11)




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       Abstracts                  7
       Book reviews               0
       Book chapters              0
       Cooperator publications    0
       Journal articles           1
       Posters and PPTs           1
       Conference papers          0
       Web site content           6
       USGS series                1
       Total                     16


Library

       Literature Research/Assistance
            o Ongoing literature search updates/bibliography deliveries: (8)
            o Update of other scheduled searches: (14)
       Miscellaneous
            o Monthly Report sent to Library Advisory Committee.
            o Assisted L. Jonesheit with EndNote and formatting references for
               the Landsat publications page.
            o Processed 25 new books for addition to the collection.
            o Assisted J. Nelson with Fedlink registration.
       Stats
            o Electronic resource assistance: EndNote (2); Other (1)
            o Reference questions/Document access and delivery (excluding
               ILL): (23)
            o ILL requests: (21 outgoing; 0 incoming)

**Administrative Services Branch

Workforce Planning and Staff Development

       S. Thorson accepted Director‘s Office Secretary position. Promotion
        effective October 24, 2010.
       J. Fry accepted NLCD position and will in-process October 24, 2010.
       J. Nelson accepted Ground Systems Manager position and will in-process
        on November 7, 2010.
       J. Rowland in-processing date moved to November 7, 2010.
       Entered actions to promote T. Sohl and D. Gesch effective October 24,
        2010 based on RGEG board recommendations.
       Held monthly admin meeting on October 20, 2010. Topics included event
        planning process and holiday coverage.
       Held Workforce Planning meeting on October 19, 2010. Discussed results
        of SPIT briefing and next steps to complete Gap Analysis.


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      Completed Hiring Reform training for Supervisors, Managers and HR
       Professionals on October 19, 2010.
      Rolla transfers will be effective October 24, 2010 as follows:
          o R. Alexander, K. Karstensen, and J. Cox to Land Cover and Trends
              Team - Supervisor: C. Homer
          o J. Kaufmann, L. Lansbery (SCEP), and C. Watkins (SCEP) to the
              Early Warning Team - Supervisor: C. Trautwein until J. Rowland in-
              processes on November 7, 2010
          o D. Shaver, K. Landgraf, and A. Lingelbach (SCEP),to the
              Landscape Dynamics and Global Change Team - Supervisor: C.
              Trautwein
          o B. Fiehler and T. Hale to the Information Solutions Team -
              Supervisor: D. Binnie
          o M. Lewis to MST - Supervisor: L. Oleson
          o M. Starbuck to the Remote Sensing Science Team - Supervisor: J.
              Willems

Planning

      Continued working with Facilities to prepare a communication package on
       Computer Room support.
      Presented New Event Planning Process to Senior Staff.
      Met with PMO and LDCM staff to discuss FAC P/PM training
       requirements.
      Reviewed old procedures that are out of date and needed to be removed
       from internal webpage.
      Updated ASB Webpage.

Systems

      Maintained and supported ASB owned/operated servers.
      Maintained and supported Credit Card Transaction Log.
      Assisted users with the new requisition and credit card process.
      Held FBMS Implementation Team Meeting.

Agreements

      Finalized Agreements/modifications/MOU‘s:
       o NASA #NNG09HP16I Mod #10
      New Agreements/modifications/MOU‘s for action:
       o NASA #NNG09HP16I Mod #10
      In progress Agreements/modifications/MOU‘s:
       o TAA (# TBD) DiMAC Systems s.à.r.l.,Belgium
       o USFWS #601819N405 Mod #1
       o National Guard Bureau MOU (HQ review)
       o UNEP PA 12a (pending signatures)

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       o UNEP PA #14 (pending signatures)
       o Pueblo County, Colorado MOU
       o City of Rolla, Missouri & Phelps County, Missouri, USGS/EROS,
           USGS/Rolla – MOU
       o NGA #F2BDEV0071G001 Mod #1
       o Dept. of Natural Resources, Canada PA #24 (Pending HQ/Intl Prog.
           discussion)
       o Vexcel Imaging GmbH TAA – On hold
       o Chinese Academy of Science Protocol agree (English & Chinese
           versions finalized. Pending signature by Marcia McNutt at signing
           Ceremony in China)
       o United Sioux Tribes of South Dakota (MOU pending UST response)
      Agreement Training: provide ongoing on-the-job training and information
       to Budget Analysts and Technicians in the following: Agreement review,
       Agreement Checklist preparation, Agreements Coordination Information
       System (ACIS), DUNS numbers, Appropriation Symbols, Fund Codes,
       ALC, etc

Finance

      FBMS Training
      IPA discussion with LDGC
      IDIQ Tracking
      FY 2011 Requisition Tracking
      Bill Paying
      285 FFS Monthly Report Reconciliation
      Processing of new agreements for FY 2011
      Gathering/providing information for KPMG Audit

Facility Management

      Installed new primary switchgear.
      Working on Federal Real Property Report.
      Working on New Greenhouse Gas and Energy Data Call.

Property

      Created 2011 recycle spreadsheet.
      Compiled list for GSA postings.
      Working on excess for Property Announcement.

Security

      Work continuing on Continuity of Operations Plan.
      New Card Key System Replacement Contract: EROS Procurement
       solicitation advertised on GSA eBuy.

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       Work on contract transition


**Technical Support Services Contract (TSSC/SGT)

No input this reporting period.

**Project Management Team

   Continuing work on FY 2011 budgeting for LSDS.
   Received LSDS EV data and compiling the EVM report.
   Reviewed procedure EROS-GEN-02 USGS EROS Trip Reports for its
    practical use, and determined its termination was appropriate.
   Reviewed outdated EROS policies and procedures for practical use and need
    of update or termination. The following policies and procedures are being
    terminated:
        o P007 Official Designation for EROS
        o I006 Government Travel Policies and Procedures
        o I010 EROS Simplified Procurement and Bankcard Processing
        o I019 EROS Building Access During Homeland Security Advisory
            System Threat Condition Levels
        o I021 EROS Conference Rooms
        o I037 EROS Cell Phone Procurement and Use
   Continued work on EROS FY 2010 Annual Report preparation.
   Tuesday, November 2, 2010, is the date scheduled for 1st FY 2011 progress
    briefing for October 2010 programmatic reporting period. It will also be used
    to review and prioritize EROS FY 2011 milestones.
    Issued call for compiling biographies for use during M. Larsen‘s visit to
    EROS.




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