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November 2017

 

Senate Committee Votes on Nomination of Dr. Jacobs

On November 8, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [Chair, Senator John Thune (R-SD)] held an executive session where they discussed and voted on several nominations including Dr. Neil Jacobs of North Carolina to be the Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Environmental Observation and Prediction, among other business. Dr. Jacob’s nomination was approved by the Committee and now goes to the Senate floor for a vote at a later date to be determined.

 

Representative Gabbard Sends Letter of Greeting for NOAA Ship Change of Command

On November 3, Senate and House Members of the Hawaii Delegation, and their staff, were invited to join 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 Hi'ialakai in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Ceremony honored the work of the current Commander and welcomed the new Commander aboard.

Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D HI-2) was unable to attend, but sent a letter of greeting highlighting the important work of the ship and her crew.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

NOAA Fleet Update - November 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - November 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

 

House Legislative Hearing

On November 2, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans [Chair, Representative Doug Lamborn (R CO-5)] held hold a legislative hearing. The Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Dr. Russell Callender, testified and provided the Administration's views on HR 221 and HR 1176. The three bills the hearing addressed included:

OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis, Makeda Okolo

 

Senate Confirmation Hearing for Dr. Jacobs

On November 1, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [Chair, Senator John Thune (R-SD)] held a confirmation hearing for Dr. Neil Jacobs, of North Carolina, to be the Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Environmental Observation and Prediction, among other business. The Committee may now schedule a markup to discuss and vote on the nomination at a later date to be determined.

 

Senator Warner Staff Tour Wallops

On October 31, staff for Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) joined officials from NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service for a tour of the Wallops Command and Data Acquisition Station in Wallops Island, Virginia. The Station is the primary uplink/downlink facility for NOAA's geostationary orbiters.
OLIA Lead: Charlie Powell

 

October 2017

 

Representative Abraham - House Floor Speech on NOAA Aircraft

On September 23, Representative Ralph Abraham (R LA-5) joined officials from NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps at OMAO's Aircraft Operations Center in Lakeland, Florida, for a briefing and tour before joining the officers, crew, and scientists aboard a WP-3 Hurricane Hunter aircraft for a flight into Hurricane Maria.

On October 25, Representative Abraham gave a 5-minute speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives about the critical work NOAA and our Hurricane Hunters and other aircraft do to preserve and prevent loss to life and property, post-storm assessments, and more. His speech starts at around 16:15. https://www.c-span.org/video/?436133-1/us-house-meets-morning-hour
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Senate and House Committee Staff Attend GEO Reception

On October 24, Senate and House Committee staff joined the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, Dr. Stephen Volz, at the GEO Plenary XIV in Washington, DC, with over 100 countries represented. The reception provided an after-hours tour of the USGEO exhibit, put on by 13 federal agencies and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The committee staff attending represented the:

OLIA Lead: Charlie Powell

 

Gulf Coast Delegation Invited to IOOS Meeting

On October 24, Senate and House Members and staff of the Gulf Coast Delegation were invited to join officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee Meeting at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. The IOOS Advisory Committee meets annually in a region involved in ocean observing to meet local stakeholders and IOOS end-users to strengthen ties between the local and national levels and gain a better sense of regional needs. During the course of the meeting, the Committee develops recommendations for the Interagency Ocean Observing Committee (IOOC) and NOAA to guide the continued implementation of U.S. IOOS. The Members invited included:

OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

South Carolina Delegation Staff Attend Open House

On October 21, Senate and House staff for Members of the South Carolina Delegation joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for the Marine Resources Center Open House in James Island, South Carolina. Every two years, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and its partners at the Marine Resources Center in Charleston invite the public to an Open House at their Ft. Johnson campus. Staff learned about SCDNR's Marine Resources Division, the College of Charleston Grice Marine Lab, NOAA, the Medical University of South Carolina, and Hollings Marine Lab. Staff scheduled to attend included the offices of:

OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

House Members and Staff Visit IRC

On October 20, Members and staff who were part of a congressional delegation organized by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, National Weather Service, and National Marine Fisheries Service for a tour of the Inouye Regional Center (IRC) in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Members in attendance included:
Representative Lamar Smith (R TX-21) [Chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology]

OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley, Becky Cruz Lizama, Matt Borgia

 

Senator Nelson Staff Visit AOC

On October 20, Staff for Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a visit to OMAO’s Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) in Lakeland, Florida. The visit provided an opportunity to brief the staff on AOC’s mission, programs, and activities in support of our aircraft fleet.

OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Representative Kilmer Tours Research Station

On October 19, Representative Derek Kilmer (D WA-6) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a tour of the Manchester Research Station in Port Orchard, Washington, where he was briefed on the Station’s mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Senator Sullivan Tours Marine Institute

On October 10, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a tour of the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute in Juneau, Alaska.
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes

 

House Members Tour Charleston Harbor

On October 6, Representative Mark Sanford (R SC-1), Representative Bill Schuster (R PA-9), Representative Jeff Denham (R CA-10), and Representative David Joyce (R OH-14) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a tour of the harbor in Charleston, South Carolina. Organized by the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston, the tour was an opportunity to give the Members an overview of the maritime transportation system at the harbor and to discuss the harbor deepening. Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA's Office of Coast Survey, and SC Ports also attended.  As part of this tour, NOAA's Southeast Navigation Manager briefed the Members about recent harbor survey efforts and chart updates in the area.
OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

Hurricane Maria Reconnaissance, Response, and Recovery Aircraft Flight and Mission Info Recap

The Hurricane Maria Flight and Mission Info Recap provides a summary of OMAO's aircraft flights in support of hurricane reconnaissance, response, and recovery missions related to Hurricane Maria that includes dates and times of flights, data gathered, and images of the flight paths.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

NOAA Fleet Update - October 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - October 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 Cochran and Representative Palazzo Staff Attend Anniversary for Oregon II

On October 5, staff for Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Representative Steven Palazzo (R MS-4) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, and other NOAA Line, Staff, Corporate, and Program Offices as well as our federal and private partners for an event honoring the 50th Anniversary of the NOAA Ship Oregon II and tour of the Fisheries Labs in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The ship, first launched in 1967, has served NOAA since 1975 and conducts a variety of fisheries, plankton and marine mammal surveys in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Senate and House Staff Attend NOAA Industry Day

On October 5, all interested Senate and House staff joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service; National Weather Service; and National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service for a NOAA Industry Day for Recreational Navigation Systems in Annapolis, Maryland. The event offered a series of presentations and discussions by experts on a number of topics of interest including:

OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

Senator Schatz and Senate and House Staff Visit NOAA Ship

On October 1, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and staff for Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D HI-1), and Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D HI-2) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research for a tour of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer in Honolulu, Hawaii. The tour highlighted new discoveries of previously unexplored seafloor from the last three years of NOAA’s central Pacific Ocean exploration and research, a first-hand view of the advanced ship and scientific technologies, and opportunity to talk with the talented explorers dedicated to increasing our understanding of the ocean planet.

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is managed and operated by staff and officers from NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama