News and Updates




April 2014


NOAA Fleet Update - April 2014

The NOAA Fleet Update - April 2014 [PDF], provides the status of the ships and aircraft in NOAA’s fleet, including current location and planned mission(s), information on our Teacher at Sea program, as well as support provided for unmanned systems and to our federal partners.

NOAA’s ships and aircraft play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s fleet of research aircraft and ships are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), which includes both civilians and the commissioned officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States.


Senate Committee Markup

On April 9, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Chair, Senator Jay Rockefeller, D-WV) held an executive session and markup in which the following bills were considered:

The bills passed out of committee and were sent to the Senate floor for consideration, date: TBD.


Hearing on Legislation to Amend the Endangered Species Act

On April 8, the House Committee on Natural Resources (Chair, Representative Doc Hastings, R WA-4) held a hearing on four bills to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The bills are:

The Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Sam Rauch, testified. A copy of the written testimony can be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page.


NWS StormReady and TsunamiReady Recognition Ceremony in Guam

On April 4, Delegate Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) and Governor Eddie Baza Calvo (R-GU) participated in a StormReady and TsunamiReady Recognition Ceremony hosted by officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office. The event took place at the 36th Air Base Wing at Andersen Air Force Base, which is the first facility in the Micronesia region to be recognized as StormReady and TsunamiReady.


FY 2015 Budget Briefings for Congress

Recently, a number of Members of the Senate and House and congressional staff were briefed by NOAA leadership on the FY 2015 NOAA Budget Request (and/or the Line Office/Program FY 2015 request). Below are the briefings that occurred, noting date, Member or staff, briefer(s), and OLIA Lead(s):

April 10


April 9

April 4