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NOAA FY17 Budget Request Documents

April 2016

 

Senator Graham Staff Visit Coastal Management Office

On April 28, staff for Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Office for Coastal Management in Charleston, South Carolina, where they were provided a short tour of the office, followed by a demonstration of Digital Coast tools and a briefing on the Office’s mission, programs, and other activities.

 

Senate Committee Holds Markup

On April 27, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a markup of several bills including:

The Committee approved the bills, which once reported out, may go to the Senate floor for a possible vote at a later date to be determined.

 

Representative Frelinghuysen School Tour With Hurricane Hunter Pilot

On April 25, 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.

 

Washington Delegation Staff Attend Marine Debris Event

On April 8, staff for Members of the Washington Delegation joined the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, and officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service, National Weather Service, and our partners, for a marine debris event in Long Beach, Washington, that highlighted the Marine Debris Program's 10th year anniversary and recognized the 5-year anniversary of the tsunami in Japan. Staff attended from the offices of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R WA-3).

 

Oregon Delegation Staff Visit MOC-P

On April 7, staff for Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Representative Kurt Schrader (D OR-5) joined NOAA’s Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, for a visit to NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, Marine Operations Center - Pacific (MOC-P) in Newport, Oregon. During the visit, staff were briefed on MOC-P’s mission, programs, and activities by officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps.

 

Oregon Delegation Staff Visit Trawl Site

On April 7, staff for Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Kurt Schrader (D OR-5) joined NOAA’s Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, for a visit to a facility that designs and tests bycatch reduction devices in Newport, Oregon.

 

Representative Schrader Hosts Fisherman’s Roundtable

On April 7, Representative Kurt Schrader (D OR-5) was joined by NOAA’s Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, for the 6th Annual Fisherman’s Roundtable in Newport, Oregon. The Roundtable provided an opportunity to discuss issues of importance to fishermen in the state.

 

Senator Rubio Staff Visit AOC

On April 6, staff for Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) visited NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) in Tampa, Florida. During the visit they were briefed by officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps on the AOC’s mission, programs, and activities.

 

Representative Huffman Visits Wetland Restoration Project

On April 5, Representative Jared Huffman (D CA-2) joined NOAA’s Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, for a visit to the Sears Point Wetland restoration project in Petaluma, California. The visit highlighted how wetland restoration benefits several Magnuson-Stevens Act-managed species and Endangered Species Act-listed species such as Dungeness crab and salmon that migrate through San Francisco bay.

 

Representative Polis Visits Boulder Facilities

On March 28, Representative Jared Polis (D CO-2) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research for a visit to our facilities in Boulder, Colorado. During the visit, Representative Polis was briefed on the collaboration between NOAA and both the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University. This was followed by science displays from all the divisions at NOAA Boulder and finished with remarks from Representative Polis.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - April 2016 and the Federal Fleet Status Report: Current Capacity and Near-Term Priorities

The NOAA Fleet Update - April 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.

Also, please find below a link to the Federal Fleet Status Report: Current Capacity and Near-Term Priorities, a product of the Interagency Working Group on Facilities and Infrastructure, dated March 2016. 
https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/NSTC/federal_fleet_status_report_final.pdf

 

March 2016

 

New Jersey Delegation Staff Attend Roundtable

On March 23, staff for the Senate and House Members of the New Jersey Delegation joined NOAA officials for a roundtable in Hoboken, New Jersey, that was hosted by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and facilitated by NOAA's North Atlantic Regional Collaboration Team titled, “Community Resilience in the Urban Environment.” This was a staff-to-staff level meeting with the goal of elevating the understanding of NOAA's products and services and enhancing relationships between NOAA, its partners and the Delegation. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection participated in the roundtable along with municipal officials, academic institutions, and industry partners including; Sandy Hook Pilots Association, the Port Authority of New York, Nurture Nature Center, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Camden County Municipal Water Authority, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Rutgers University, Monmouth University, and the New Jersey fishing industry.

 

House Hearing on FY17 Budget Request

On March 22, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans [Chair, Representative John Fleming (R LA-4)] held a hearing on NOAA’s FY17 budget request. The Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Eileen Sobeck, testified and a copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page of the OLIA website.

 

Senator Nelson Visits AOC

On March 21, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, as well as the United States Air Force, for a visit to OMAO’s Aircraft Operations Center in Tampa, Florida. During the visit, the Senator toured, and was briefed on, the aircraft in our fleet, their missions, programs, and activities and will have a chance to meet with members of our local workforce.

 

Senator Cantwell Attends Roundtable on Tsunamis

On March 19, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research for a Tsunami Roundtable in Long Beach, Washington, that discussed threats, response capabilities, and more.  Other attendees included Washington Sea Grant, local officials, school principals, and emergency managers.

 

House Hearing on FY17 Budget Request

On March 16, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on the Environment [Chair, Representative Jim Bridenstine (R OK-1)] held a hearing on NOAA’s FY17 budget request. NOAA’s Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, testified and a copy of the written testimony may be viewed on theCongressional Testimony page of the OLIA website.


House Committee Markup

On March 16, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup of several bills, including, HR 3070, EEZ Clarification Act, which passed the committee and may be sent to the House floor for a vote at a later date to be determined.

 

House Hearing on FY17 Budget Request

On March 15, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation [Chair, Representative Duncan Hunter (R CA-50)], held a hearing on the President's Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request for the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs. NOAA’s Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, submitted a Statement for the Record, and a copy may be viewed on theCongressional Testimony page of the OLIA website.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - March 2016

The NOAA Fleet Update - March 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.

 

Senator Mikulski Announces Arrival of NOAA Ship at Curtis Bay

On Tuesday, March 1, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced the arrival of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ship Thomas Jefferson at the U.S. Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay.
[Full Press Release]

 

House Legislative Hearing on Fisheries Conventions

On March 1, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans [Chair, Representative John Fleming (R LA-4)] held a legislative hearing on the Administration’s draft proposals of S 1335 and S 1336, the North Pacific Fisheries Resources Convention and South Pacific Fishery Resources Convention Implementation Act (to implement the Conventions on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fisheries Resources in the North Pacific Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, and for other purposes). The Deputy Assistant Administrator for International Fisheries, Russell Smith, testified and a copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page of the OLIA website.