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July 2017

 

House Committee Markup

On July 13, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill. The bill funds the Department of Commerce and other departments and agencies. The CJS bill contains $4.97 billion for NOAA, which is $710 million below the enacted level. Additional details on the markup, a copy of the bill summary, text, and more may be found at https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395000.
OLIA Lead: Rob Moller

 

Representative Kaptur Forum on Lake Erie

On July 10, Representative Marcy Kaptur (D OH-9) sponsored a public forum on the state of Lake Erie that was held in Rocky River, Ohio. Officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made short presentations and then answered questions from the public.
OLIA Lead: Mackenzie Solomon

 

Senator Warner Staff Visit Oyster Reef in Chesapeake Bay

On July 7, staff for Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) were joined by officials from NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a visit to an oyster reef in the Chesapeake Bay that was organized by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. OMAO provided a small boat and crew from the Marine Operations Center – Atlantic.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

NOAA Fleet Update - July 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - July 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

 

Senator Hirono Staff Attend NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Change of Command

On July 3, staff for Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) 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 Okeanos Explorer in Honolulu, Hawaii. NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, homeported in Davisville, Rhode Island, is "America's ship for ocean exploration." Dedicated to exploration and discovery, the ship maps the seafloor, explores shipwrecks, and characterizes largely unknown areas of the ocean.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

June 2017

 

Representative Peters Staff Tour Fisheries Center

On June 23, staff for Representative Scott Peters (D CA-52) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a tour of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California. During the tour, they were briefed on the Center’s missions, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Polis Hosts Earth and Space Science Caucus Exhibition

On June 22, Representative Jared Polis (D CO-2), Co-Chair of the House Earth and Space Science Caucus, joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) for an exhibition on Capitol Hill for all interested Senate and House staff. NWS teamed-up with the U.S. Geological Survey to have a water observation and prediction-themed display. This exhibition, co-sponsored by the American Geophysical Union, highlighted unique tools, businesses, and innovations that resulted from Earth and space science and showcase the applications of Earth and space science and the multitude of ways these sciences benefit society.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Cassidy Staff Tour WFO

On June 21, staff for Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a tour of the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Slidell, Louisiana. During the tour, the staff were briefed on the WFO’s mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Representative Jaypal Staff Visit NWFSC

On June 16, staff for Representative Pramila Jaypal (D WA-7) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Northwest Fisheries Science Center’s (NWFSC) Montlake Campus in Seattle, Washington, where they were briefed on the Center’s mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

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