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May 2017

 

Senate Committee Markup

On May 18, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [Chair, Senator John Thune (R-SD)] held a markup to consider a number of bills including a couple of interest to NOAA. The following bills passed the committee and once reported will be sent to the Senate floor for a possible vote at a later date to be determined.

OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes, Craig Woolcott, Mike Jarvis, Tim Bagley

 

 

Representative Schrader Hosts Fisherman’s Roundtable

On May 10, Representative Kurt Schrader (D OR-5) was joined by officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for the 7th Annual Fisherman’s Roundtable in Newport, Oregon. The Roundtable will provide an opportunity to discuss issues and challenges facing the fishermen of the state.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

House Members Visit Barrow Observatory

On May 9, a National Science Foundation organized congressional delegation of Members of the House joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research during a visit to the Atmospheric Baseline Observatories Barrow Observatory in Barrow, Alaska. During the visit they were briefed on the importance of long-term atmospheric monitoring. The Members included:

OLIA Lead: Mackenzie Solomon

 

Senate and House Staff Attend Hurricane Awareness Tour

On May 9, all interested Senate and House staff joined the Deputy Under Secretary for Operations Performing the duties of Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere/NOAA Administrator, Ben Friedman, and other NOAA officials for the Hurricane Awareness Tour’s stop at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. For the first time ever, four aircraft, include all three Hurricane Hunter aircraft visited Reagan Washington National Airport for the annual Tour. Hurricane experts from NOAA and the U.S. Air Force were on hand to raise awareness of our local threats from tropical cyclones, and the danger of being caught without a personal hurricane plan. Officials from the Department of Commerce (including Secretary Ross), Federal Emergency Management Agency, hurricane specialists, and meteorologists from the local National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office were on hand to educate residents of vulnerable communities about hurricane preparedness, and were available for interviews. Staff from local and state emergency management offices, non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross, and other partners were also a part of the event.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

House Hearing on Red Snapper

On May 2, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Interior, Energy, and Environment [Chair, Representative Blake Farenthold (R TX-14)] held a hearing titled "Examining the Management of Red Snapper Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico." Witnesses will discuss management of the rebuilding stock of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico, including the commercial sector, private anglers, and the for-hire fleet. The Director, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Earl Comstock, testified and a copy of the testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page.
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes

 

Senator Gardner Staff Visit Space Weather Prediction Center

On May 2, staff for Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service in Boulder, Colorado. First, the staff attended the Space Weather Workshop where they provided opening remarks on the Senator’s behalf, and then they toured the Space Weather Prediction Center.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

NOAA Fleet Update - May 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - May 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

 

April 2017

 

Representative Frelinghuysen School Tour With Hurricane Hunter Pilot

On April 24, Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R NJ-11) was joined by a Hurricane Hunter Pilot from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a series of visits to schools in the Morristown, New Jersey, area, where they spoke to hundreds of students. The purpose of the visit was to emphasize the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to educate the students on the work of NOAA and the valuable contributions our aircraft fleet and Corps pilots provide to the nation.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Senator Strange Visits Water Center

On April 18, Senator Luther Strange (R-AL) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) for a visit to the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. During the visit, the Senator was briefed on NWS and the NWS Hydrology program as well as how the National Water Center is helping to transform our decision support services for a water-ready nation.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Shaheen Staff Visit Dam Site

On April 14, staff for Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to a former dam site in Exeter, New Hampshire, to investigate the stability of the restored stream-bed after its first winter and confirm that migrating fish are able to travel upstream to important spawning habitat.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

Representative Ferguson Visits WFO

On April 13, Representative Drew Ferguson (R GA-3) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Peachtree City, Georgia. The visit provided an opportunity to learn more about the WFO’s mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Bennet Visits ESRL

On April 13, Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, the National Weather Service, the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a visit to the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) in Boulder, Colorado. The visit provided an opportunity to learn more about ESRL’s mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Mackenzie Solomon, Matt Borgia, Tim Bagley


Senator Schatz Attends Marine Debris Event

On April 13, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service at an event highlighting the impacts of marine debris in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands that took place in Honolulu, Hawaii. The event focused on the removal and transport of approximately 155,580 lbs of marine debris and derelict fishing nets from the beaches and reefs of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Kure Atoll State Wildlife Refuge to Honolulu.

OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis


Representative Crist Staff Visit Southeast Region

On April 10, staff for Representative Charlie Crist (R FL-13) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the regional offices in St. Petersburg, Florida. During the visit, the staff were briefed on fisheries issues as they relate to the 13th congressional district.
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes


Representative Bonamici Meets NOAA Officials

On April 7, Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D OR-1) was joined by officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps during a visit to the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. Representative Bonamici toured the Center then met with representatives from NOAA, Oregon Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and others.

OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama, Tim Bagley


Representative Weber Staff Visit Miami Lab

On April 7, staff for Representative Randy Weber (R TX-14) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the headquarters of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, Florida. During the visit, the staff were briefed on high-impact core programs and activities including next generation stock assessments, advanced technologies, fishery independent data collections; and a walk-about tour of the facility.
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes


Senator Sullivan Staff Visit NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson

On April 7, staff for Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer for a tour of the NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson in Kodiak, Alaska. The tour provided an opportunity to meet the officers, crew, and learn about the ship's mission, programs, and activities including its recent work collecting acoustic-trawl data necessary to determine the distribution, biomass, and biological composition of walleye pollock.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

NOAA Fleet Update - April 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - April 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 Committee Markup

On April 5, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [Chair, Senator John Thune (R-SD)] held a markup of several items, including a couple of bills of interest to NOAA. The following bills were approved by the Committee and once reported out, will be sent to the Senate floor for a vote at a later date to-be-determined:

 

Senate Hearing on Forecasting Water-Related Hazards

On April 4, the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies [Chair, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)] held a hearing on mitigating the impacts of water hazards-including those from severe floods, droughts, and coastal storm surge, among others. The Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Weather Service, Dr. Louis Uccellini, testified and a copy of the final testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia