On June 15, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a markup to consider several items including, S 3038, the Coastal Coordination Act of 2016, which makes changes to the Coastal Zone Management Act, a 1972 law that gives states some leverage to require that federally permitted projects follow their coastal protection policies. S 3038 would update the law, putting new emphasis on coastal resilience, sea-level rise and regional coordination. The Committee passed the bill, which once reported out, will go to the Senate floor for a possible vote at a future date to be determined.
On June 14-15, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup of a number of bills, including three of interest to NOAA:
The Committee passed all three bills, which once reported out, will go to the House floor for a possible vote at a future date to be determined.
On June 11, staff for Representative Carlos Curbelo (R FL-26) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and the National Weather Service for a community workshop on hurricane preparedness in Homestead, Florida.
On June 11, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) visited NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) located at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. The Senator and his staff were briefed by officials from OMAO and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps on AOC, its mission, programs, and activities and received a tour of the facilities and aircraft fleet.
The NOAA Fleet Update - June 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.