On February 28, the House Committee on Natural Resources (Chair, Representative Doc Hastings, R WA-4) held a hearing to discuss Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) reauthorization with a focus on the Pacific. The Director of the Pacific Island Science Center of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Dr. Sam Pooley, testified. A copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page of the OLIA website.
On February 27, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Energy, Health Care, and Entitlements (Chair, Representative James Lankford, R OK-5) is held a hearing on Endangered Species Act (ESA)implementation. The Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs at NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Sam Rauch, testified and a copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page.
On February 27, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard (Chair, Senator Mark Begich, D-AK) held the fourth, and final, of a series of hearings to discuss Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA)reauthorization and regional fisheries management issues, this one on the North Pacific perspective. The Alaska Regional Administrator for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Dr. Jim Balsiger, testified and a copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page.
February 23, the Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, attended the Western Governors' Association breakfast meeting as part of the National Governors' Association Winter Meeting in Washington, DC. The meeting was hosted by the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy, and held at the EPA. In addition to Dr. Sullivan and Administrator McCarthy, cabinet members included Secretary Vilsak (Department of Agriculture), Secretary Jewell (Department of Interior) and Secretary Moniz (Department of Energy).
On February 21, interested Senate and House staff joined officials from NOAA’s National Environmental Data, Satellite, and Information Service and National Weather Service for a visit the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland. During the visit to the Center, the staff met with scientists at the Ocean Prediction Center, Weather Prediction Center, Satellite Analysis Branch, and the Air Resources Laboratory. In addition, a series of briefings were held on select NOAA activities including lightning mapping, building resilience to coastal inundation in the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland Sea Grant, satellite altimetry, and the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites. Staff from the following offices attended:
On February 21, staff for Representative Rich Nugent (R FL-11) visited MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa, Florida, where they met with officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) and the NOAA Commission Officer Corps. Representative Nugent is interested in learning more about the various commands and federal functions at MacDill and his staff received a briefing by members of the Corps and other staff on the Center’s mission, programs, and activities as well as our aircraft research platforms including the WP-3D Hurricane Hunters.
On February 19, staff from the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology visited the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, Maryland. During the visit, staff toured the facility, viewed a demonstration of Satellite and Product Operations by the Satellite Analysis Branch, and had a tour of the National Ice Center.
NOAA Fleet Update - February 2014
The NOAA Fleet Update - February 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.
The NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research project on Atmospheric Rivers over the Pacific was very busyrecently as major storm activity moved into the North American Coast. Here, OMAO Flight Meteorologist Rich Henning is shown at his workstation in the NOAA G-4 aircraft helping coordinate the work.
On February 12, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (Chair, Senator Robert Menendez, D-NJ) will hold a hearing on the four International Fisheries Treaties (Port State Measures, North Pacific, South Pacific and North Atlantic Fisheries Organization treaties) currently under review by the full Committee. NOAA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries, Russell Smith, testified and a copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page.
On February 11, several Members of the California Delegation and all interested congressional staff, joined NOAA’s Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Conservation and Management and Deputy Administrator, Dr. Mark Schaefer, and other federal officials at a briefing on California drought issues. This was the first in a series of planned briefings to inform Congress of the status of the administration’s efforts to address California water issues, to walk through the latest science, and the nature and availability of federal programs and funding to assist. The Members in attendance included:
On February 11, several Members of the Northeast Delegation met with NOAA’s Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, to discuss funding for fisheries disasters. The Members included:
On February 4, the House Committee on Natural Resources (Chair, Representative Doc Hastings, R-WA-4) held a hearing to discuss Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) reauthorization. The Deputy Assistant Administrator for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Sam Rauch, testified and a copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony.
On February 4, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation (Chair, Representative Duncan Hunter, R CA-52) held a hearing entitled "Finding Your Way: The Future of Federal Aids to Navigation." The Director of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey, Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, testified and a copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page.