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June 2017


Senate and House Members and Staff Attend NOAA Fish Fry

On June 14, all interested Senate and House Members and staff joined NOAA officials for the 42nd Annual NOAA Fish Fry in Washington, DC. The event featured a variety of fish prepared by guest chefs from across the country. About 30 staffers attended as well as:

OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes


Senate and House Members and Staff Attend Capitol Hill Oceans Week

On June 13-15, all interested Senate and House Members and staff joined NOAA officials from numerous Line, Program, and Staff Offices for Capitol Hill Oceans Week. Capitol Hill Oceans Week is organized and hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.


Hawaii Delegation Invited to World Oceans Day Celebration

On June 10, the Senate and House staff of the Hawaii Delegation joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and National Ocean Service and our community partners for a World Oceans Day Celebration in Ouhu, Hawaii. This event - in support of NOAA’s 2017 Year of the Monk Seal - provided an opportunity to learn about endangered monk seals and other marine protected resources.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama, Makeda Okolo, Mike Jarvis


Seattle Delegation Staff Invited to Tour Seattle Facilities

On June 9, Senate and House staff from the Washington Delegation joined NOAA officials for a tour of our facilities and programs in Seattle, Washington. The tour included the Seattle Weather Forecast Office, the Ocean Engineering Workshop, the NOAA Dive Center, Marine Mammal Research Bone Collection, and the Fishing Net Loft. The event was organized and hosted by the NOAA Regional Collaboration Team West.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates


House Committee Markup

On June 8, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology [Chair, Representative Lamar Smith (R TX-21)] held an executive markup session to consider HR 2809, American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act - legislation that would reorganize current commercial sensing regulatory authority into the Office of Space Commerce, create the new position of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Space Commerce, among other mandates.

The bill was approved by the Committee and once reported out will go to the House floor for a possible vote at a later date to be determined.
OLIA Lead: Charlie Powell


Florida Delegation Attend AOC Grand Opening

On June 2, the Senate and House Members and staff of the Florida Delegation, in addition to congressional committee staff, were invited to join the Director of NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the Director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, Rear Admiral David Score (two star), and other officials during the grand opening/ribbon cutting for OMAO's new Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) in Lakeland, Florida.

Representative Dennis Ross (R FL-15) provided the keynote address and letters of support/greeting were read by the staff attending on behalf of Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). Staff for Representative Darren Soto (D FL-9) also attended, along with various local, state, and other federal and partner officials.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley


NOAA Fleet Update - June 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - June 2017 [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.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley


Senate and House Staff Tour Potomac

On June 1, all interested Senate and House from the Virginia and Maryland Delegations and House Committees joined official from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Geological Survey for a boat tour on the Potomac River outside of Annandale, Virginia. The tour will provide a chance to brief the staff on how science is used to inform partner decisions for restoring and conserving the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates


Representative Wasserman Schultz Briefing on Hurricane Preparedness

On June 1, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D FL-23) was briefed by officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service on the approaching 2017 hurricane season when she hosted her annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting with district decision-makers in Plantation, Florida.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia