News and Updates

 

NOAA FY17 Budget Request Documents

 

 

July 2016

 

NOAA Fleet Update - July 2016

The NOAA Fleet Update - July 2016 [PDF] provides the status of NOAA’s fleet of ships and aircraft, which play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s current fleet of 16 ships – the largest civilian research and survey fleet in the world – and nine aircraft, are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO). OMAO includes civilians, mariners, and officers of the United States NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the nation’s seven Uniformed Services.

 

June 2016

 

Senate Committee Markup

On June 29, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [Chair, Senator John Thune (R-SD)] held a markup and considered several items, including bills of interest to NOAA:
·         S 3084, The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act
·         S 3087, American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act
·         S 3059, Marine Mammal Research and Response Act of 2016
·         S 3086, A bill to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris and for other purposes
·         S. 3099, Access for Sportfishing Act of 2016
The bills were all approved by the committee and once reported out, will go the Senate floor for a possible vote at a later date to be determined.

 

NESDIS News - June 2016

The NESDIS Newsletter- June 2016 [PDF] provides an update on the operations, key data sets, messages, activities, and programs for NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.

 

Senator Schatz Sends Letter of Greeting and Representative Gabbard Staff Attend NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette Event

On June 23, staff for Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D HI-2) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps at a Change of Command Ceremony for the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette in Honolulu, Hawaii. A tour of the ship and briefing on her mission, programs, and activities was provided after the ceremony.

Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) provided a formal letter of greeting for the event recognizing the importance of the ship and her crew, thanking the outgoing commander, and welcoming the new commander aboard.

 

Senator Reed Sends Greetings and Local Officials Attend NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow Event

On June 17, local officials joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps at a Change of Command Ceremony for the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow in Newport, Rhode Island. A tour of the ship and briefing on her mission, programs, and activities were provided after the ceremony.

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) provided a formal letter of greeting for the event recognizing the importance of the ship and her crew, thanking the outgoing commander, and welcoming the new commander aboard.

 

Representative Bridenstine Visits WFO

On June 17, Representative Jim Bridenstine (R OK-1) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During the visit, Representative Bridenstine toured the facility and was briefed on its operations and services and meet with office leadership and staff.

 

Senate Committee Markup

On June 15, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a markup to consider several items including, S 3038, the Coastal Coordination Act of 2016, which makes changes to the Coastal Zone Management Act, a 1972 law that gives states some leverage to require that federally permitted projects follow their coastal protection policies. S 3038 would update the law, putting new emphasis on coastal resilience, sea-level rise and regional coordination. The Committee passed the bill, which once reported out, will go to the Senate floor for a possible vote at a future date to be determined.

 

House Committee Markup

On June 14-15, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup of a number of bills, including three of interest to NOAA:

The Committee passed all three bills, which once reported out, will go to the House floor for a possible vote at a future date to be determined.

 

Representative Curbelo Staff Attend Hurricane Preparedness Workshop

On June 11, staff for Representative Carlos Curbelo (R FL-26) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and the National Weather Service for a community workshop on hurricane preparedness in Homestead, Florida.

 

Senator Rubio Visits AOC

On June 11, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) visited NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) located at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. The Senator and his staff were briefed by officials from OMAO and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps on AOC, its mission, programs, and activities and received a tour of the facilities and aircraft fleet.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - June 2016

The NOAA Fleet Update - June 2016 [PDF] provides the status of NOAA’s fleet of ships and aircraft, which play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s current fleet of 16 ships – the largest civilian research and survey fleet in the world – and nine aircraft, are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO). OMAO includes civilians, mariners, and officers of the United States NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the nation’s seven Uniformed Services.