News and Updates

 

March 2015

 

NOAA FY 16 Budget Request Documents

House Committee Markup

On March 25, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a markup of HR 1561, the Weather Research and Forecast Innovation Act of 2015. The Committee passed the bill which is similar to HR 2413, which was passed during the last Congress.

 

Senate Committee Markup

On March 25, the Senate Committee on Science and Transportation held a markup of several bills including two of interest NOAA:

The Committee passed both bills, which may now be sent to the Senate floor at a later date to be determined for a vote.

 

Senate and House Briefings During OAR Days on the Hill

On March 25-26, Senate and House Members and staff were briefed by officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) on the mission and activities of the OAR labs and programs. The offices briefed included:

NOAA FY 2016 Budget Hearing

On March 19, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee (Chair, Representative John Fleming, R LA-4) and the Subcommittee on Federal Lands (Chair, Representative Tom McClintock, R CA-4) held a joint hearing on NOAA’s  and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s FY 2016 budget request. NOAA’s Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, testified.

 

NOAA FY 2016 Budget Hearing

On March 18, the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (Chair, Representative John Culberson, R TX-7) held a hearing on NOAA’s FY 2016 budget request. NOAA’s Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, testified.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - March 2015

The NOAA Fleet Update - March 2015 [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.
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LCDR Didier and LTJG Doremus stand in front of the Jet Prop Commander aircraft they use to conduct snow surveys.
[Photo: Brian K. Sullivan/Bloomberg]

 

Senator Mikulski Announces Arrival of NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler

On March 12, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and its Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies issued a press release announcing the arrival of the NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler to the U.S. Coast Yard at Curtis Bay in Baltimore, Maryland. This is the first ship to arrive for repairs since NOAA signed a new five-year Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Coast Guard Yard at in August 2014.
http://www.mikulski.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/mikulski-announces-arrival-of-noaa-ship-at-curtis-bay

 

Senate and House FY 2016 Budget Briefings

Over the coming weeks, a number of Members of the Senate and House and congressional staff will be briefed by NOAA leadership on NOAA’s FY 2016 Budget Request (and/or the Line Office/Program FY 2016 request). The briefings held this past week and confirmed - noting date, Member or staff, primary briefer, and OLIA Lead - appear below:

March 26

March 25

March 24

March 23

March 19

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