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115th Congress: 2017-2018

 

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August 2017

 

Massachusetts Delegation Tours Fisheries Vessel

On August 10, Senate and House Members and staff of the Massachusetts Delegation joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for a tour of NMFS’ research vessel, the Gloria Michelle, in Boston, Massachusetts. The tour provided an opportunity to learn more about the exciting science that is conducted throughout New England.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

Representative Shea-Porter Tours Dam Removal Site

On August 10, Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D NH-1) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a tour of the Sawyer Mill Dam Removal site in Dover, New Hampshire.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

Representative Estes Visits WFO

On August 9, Representative Ron Estes (R KS-4) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Wichita, Kansas, where he was briefed on the Office’s mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Representative Huizenga Staff Tour Habitat Focus Area

On August 9, staff for Representative Bill Huizenga (R MI-2) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Muskegon Lake Habitat Focus Area in Muskegon, Michigan. Muskegon Lake is a 4,232 acre drowned river mouth of the Muskegon River. The lake provides important nursery habitat for Chinook salmon, largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, and threatened native species such as the lake sturgeon. Priorities for the Area include: improvements to lake and watershed health, restoration of  fish habitat, nutrient reduction, socio-economic research, and removal of dikes and dredging of former agricultural field to reconnect historic wetland to Bear Lake/Muskegon Lake system.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

Representative Carbajal Staff Visit Project Site

On August 9, staff for Representative Salud Carbajal (D CA-24) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to a rainwater harvesting demonstration project site in San Luis Obispo, California. This completed project improves stream flow and improves water quality in the Chorro Valley for South-central Steelhead trout.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Keating Staff Tour Restoration Sites

On August 8, staff for Representative Bill Keating (D MA-9) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to over 10 fish passage/dam removal project/restoration sites in Plymouth, Kingston, Scituate, Hanover and Braintree, Massachusetts.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

Representative Bonamici Visits Research Station

On August 8, Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D OR-1) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Pt. Adams Research Station in Hammond, Oregon. Representative Bonamici was briefed on the Station’s mission, programs, and activities including some of the current research projects taking place.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Schrader Staff Visit Project Site

On August 8, staff for Representative Kurt Schrader (D OR-5) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and project partners for a visit to the Southern Flow Corridor Project site in Tillamook, Oregon. The project restored 521 acres of habitat and opened 14 miles of new tidal channels, while reducing flooding and protecting private property.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Marshall Staff Visit CWSU

On August 7, staff for Representative Roger Marshall (R KS-1) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Center Weather Service Unit (CWSU) in Olathe, Kansas, where they were briefed on its mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Peters Visits Thunder Bay

On August 5, Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to Thunder Bay National marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan. During the visit, Senator Peters was briefed on current research, economic impact of the sanctuary and the proposed Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

Senator Schatz and Senator Hirono Send Letters of Greeting and Staff Attend
MOC-PI Change of Command

On August 4, staff for Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) joined the Director of NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, Rear Admiral David A. Score (two star) and other NOAA and federal partner officials at a Change of Command Ceremony for the Marine Operations Center - Pacific Islands (MOC-PI), in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In addition, Senator Hirono and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) both provided letters of greeting that were read during the event expressing their support of OMAO, the Corps, our ships, and mission.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

NOAA Fleet Update - August 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - August 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

 

Senate Committee Markup

On August 2, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [Chair, Senator John Thune (R-SD)] held a markup and executive session and discussed three bills related to NOAA including:

The Committee approved all three bills, which once reported out at a later date, will be sent to the Senate floor for a possible vote at a later date to be determined.

 

Senate Committee Hearing on Magnuson Reauthorization

On August 1, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard [Chair, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK)] held a hearing titled, “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: NOAA and Council Perspectives.” This hearing was the first in a series to examine the state of our nation’s fishery laws and guide the reauthorization of the Act. The Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Chris Oliver, testified.
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes

 

Senator Whitehouse Staff Visit WHOI

On August 1, staff for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for a visit to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. During the visit, the staff learned more about NMFS’s work with WHOI and their mission, programs, and activities in the region.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

July 2017

 

Senate Committee Staff Visit Fisheries Center

On July 31, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Falmouth, Massachusetts. During the visit, the staff learned more about the Center’s mission, programs, and activities in the region.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

Senate Staff Visit WFO

On July 31, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Burlington, Vermont. During the visit, the staff learned more about the WFO’s mission, programs, and activities and how it gathers and disseminates weather information.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Representative DeSantis Staff Host Hurricane Preparedness Workshop

On July 26, staff for Representative Ron DeSantis (R FL-6) were joined by officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) at a Hurricane Preparedness Workshop held in Bunnell, Florida. NWS provided a presentation and helped local constituents prepare for hurricane season and were joined by the Florida National Guard & Florida Emergency Division, and Flagler County Emergency Services.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senate Committee Hearing on Marine Debris

On July 25, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard [Chair, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK)] held a hearing on marine debris. The hearing was an opportunity to highlight efforts across the U.S. to assess, remove, and reduce marine debris. Other federal witnesses include the Department of State and the U.S. Coast Guard. The Director of the Marine Debris Program in the Office of Response and Restoration, at NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Nancy Wallace, testified.
OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

Senate Committee Markup

On July 25, the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) [Chair, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)] held a markup of the Fiscal Year 2018 CJS Appropriations bill, followed by the full committee markup on July 27. The Committee approved the bill that would give NOAA $5.6 billion, slightly less than the current fiscal 2017 level.
OLIA Lead: Rob Moller

 

Senator Murkowski Sends Letter of Greeting and Staff Attend NOAA Ship Rainier Change of Command

On July 22, staff for Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined 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 Rainier in Kodiak, Alaska. NOAA Ship Rainier, homeported in Newport, Oregon, is a hydrographic survey vessel that maps the ocean to aid maritime commerce, improve coastal resilience, and understand the marine environment. Rainier’s officers, technicians, and scientists log the data that NOAA cartographers use to create and update the nation’s nautical charts with ever-increasing data richness and precision.

Senator Murkowski also sent a letter of greeting for the ceremony to highlight her support for the key missions that our ships support and the work of the NOAA Corps.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Representative Marshall Visits WFO

On July 21, Representative Roger Marshall (R KS-1) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Goodland, Kansas, where he was briefed on the Office’s mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

House Committee Markup

On July 13, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill. The bill funds the Department of Commerce and other departments and agencies. The CJS bill contains $4.97 billion for NOAA, which is $710 million below the enacted level. Additional details on the markup, a copy of the bill summary, text, and more may be found at https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395000.
OLIA Lead: Rob Moller

 

Representative Kaptur Forum on Lake Erie

On July 10, Representative Marcy Kaptur (D OH-9) sponsored a public forum on the state of Lake Erie that was held in Rocky River, Ohio. Officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made short presentations and then answered questions from the public.
OLIA Lead: Mackenzie Solomon

 

Senator Warner Staff Visit Oyster Reef in Chesapeake Bay

On July 7, staff for Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) were joined by officials from NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a visit to an oyster reef in the Chesapeake Bay that was organized by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. OMAO provided a small boat and crew from the Marine Operations Center – Atlantic.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

NOAA Fleet Update - July 2017

 

The NOAA Fleet Update - July 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 Hirono Staff Attend NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Change of Command

On July 3, staff for Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) joined 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 Okeanos Explorer in Honolulu, Hawaii. NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, homeported in Davisville, Rhode Island, is "America's ship for ocean exploration." Dedicated to exploration and discovery, the ship maps the seafloor, explores shipwrecks, and characterizes largely unknown areas of the ocean.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

June 2017

 

Representative Peters Staff Tour Fisheries Center

On June 23, staff for Representative Scott Peters (D CA-52) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a tour of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California. During the tour, they were briefed on the Center’s missions, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Polis Hosts Earth and Space Science Caucus Exhibition

 

On June 22, Representative Jared Polis (D CO-2), Co-Chair of the House Earth and Space Science Caucus, joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) for an exhibition on Capitol Hill for all interested Senate and House staff. NWS teamed-up with the U.S. Geological Survey to have a water observation and prediction-themed display. This exhibition, co-sponsored by the American Geophysical Union, highlighted unique tools, businesses, and innovations that resulted from Earth and space science and showcase the applications of Earth and space science and the multitude of ways these sciences benefit society.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Cassidy Staff Tour WFO

On June 21, staff for Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a tour of the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Slidell, Louisiana. During the tour, the staff were briefed on the WFO’s mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Representative Jaypal Staff Visit NWFSC

On June 16, staff for Representative Pramila Jaypal (D WA-7) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Northwest Fisheries Science Center’s (NWFSC) Montlake Campus in Seattle, Washington, where they were briefed on the Center’s mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Senate and House Members and Staff Attend NOAA Fish Fry

On June 14, all interested Senate and House Members and staff joined NOAA officials for the 42nd Annual NOAA Fish Fry in Washington, DC. The event featured a variety of fish prepared by guest chefs from across the country. About 30 staffers attended as well as:

OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes

 

Senate and House Members and Staff Attend Capitol Hill Oceans Week

On June 13-15, all interested Senate and House Members and staff joined NOAA officials from numerous Line, Program, and Staff Offices for Capitol Hill Oceans Week. Capitol Hill Oceans Week is organized and hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

 

Hawaii Delegation Invited to World Oceans Day Celebration

On June 10, the Senate and House staff of the Hawaii Delegation joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and National Ocean Service and our community partners for a World Oceans Day Celebration in Ouhu, Hawaii. This event - in support of NOAA’s 2017 Year of the Monk Seal - provided an opportunity to learn about endangered monk seals and other marine protected resources.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama, Makeda Okolo, Mike Jarvis

 

Seattle Delegation Staff Invited to Tour Seattle Facilities

On June 9, Senate and House staff from the Washington Delegation joined NOAA officials for a tour of our facilities and programs in Seattle, Washington. The tour included the Seattle Weather Forecast Office, the Ocean Engineering Workshop, the NOAA Dive Center, Marine Mammal Research Bone Collection, and the Fishing Net Loft. The event was organized and hosted by the NOAA Regional Collaboration Team West.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

House Committee Markup

On June 8, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology [Chair, Representative Lamar Smith (R TX-21)] held an executive markup session to consider HR 2809, American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act - legislation that would reorganize current commercial sensing regulatory authority into the Office of Space Commerce, create the new position of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Space Commerce, among other mandates.

The bill was approved by the Committee and once reported out will go to the House floor for a possible vote at a later date to be determined.
OLIA Lead: Charlie Powell

 

Florida Delegation Attend AOC Grand Opening

On June 2, the Senate and House Members and staff of the Florida Delegation, in addition to congressional committee staff, were invited to join the Director of NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the Director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, Rear Admiral David Score (two star), and other officials during the grand opening/ribbon cutting for OMAO's new Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) in Lakeland, Florida.

Representative Dennis Ross (R FL-15) provided the keynote address and letters of support/greeting were read by the staff attending on behalf of Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). Staff for Representative Darren Soto (D FL-9) also attended, along with various local, state, and other federal and partner officials.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

NOAA Fleet Update - June 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - June 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

 

Senate and House Staff Tour Potomac

On June 1, all interested Senate and House from the Virginia and Maryland Delegations and House Committees joined official from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Geological Survey for a boat tour on the Potomac River outside of Annandale, Virginia. The tour will provide a chance to brief the staff on how science is used to inform partner decisions for restoring and conserving the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

Representative Wasserman Schultz Briefing on Hurricane Preparedness

On June 1, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D FL-23) was briefed by officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service on the approaching 2017 hurricane season when she hosted her annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting with district decision-makers in Plantation, Florida.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

May 2017

 

Representative Keating Hosts Fisheries Roundtable

On May 31, Representative Bill Keating (D MA-9) was joined by officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a NOAA Fisheries Stock Assessment Roundtable in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The Roundtable provided a venue for NOAA to meet with fishing industry representatives and discuss ways to maximize opportunities to engage industry on future fisheries actions, stock assessment processes, and scientific research initiatives.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

Representative Panetta Visits Marine Sanctuary

On May 31, Representative Jimmy Panetta (D CA-20) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Monterey, California.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

Senate and House Staff for the Colorado Delegation Attend Research Roundtable

On May 31, all interested Senate and House staff of the Colorado Delegation joined NOAA officials and our partners for a discussion on NOAA research related to fire, air, and water resources in the state during a roundtable in Boulder, Colorado. The event was being organized by the NOAA Regional Collaboration Team - West. Staff from the following offices attended:

OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates

 

Representative Panetta Visits Fisheries Science Center

On May 31, Representative Jimmy Panetta (D CA-20) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Senator Warren Staff Tour Boston Harbor

On May 30, staff for Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) for a boat tour of Boston Harbor, in Boston, Massachusetts. This tour was an opportunity for the Senator's staff to learn more about the USCG's and NOAA's missions, including how the two agencies work together to respond to oil and chemical releases.
OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

Senate and House Staff Attend NOAA Corps 100th Anniversary Celebration

On May 20, all interested Senate and House staff joined the Director of NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the Director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, Rear Admiral David Score (two star); other OMAO and NOAA Corps officials and officers (past and present); NOAA leadership (past and present); and officials from the Department of Commerce and other agencies for the NOAA Corps 100th Anniversary Celebration Dinner.
May 22, 2017, marked the 100th anniversary of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps – one of the nation’s seven uniformed services - originally formed as the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Commissioned Corps on May 22, 1917. The Anniversary dinner was hosted by the NOAA Corps Association of Commissioned Officers and sponsored in part with support from private sector partners. The NOAA Corps Centennial Honorary Committee includes:

OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Senate Committee Markup

On May 18, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [Chair, Senator John Thune (R-SD)] held a markup to consider a number of bills including a couple of interest to NOAA. The following bills passed the committee and once reported will be sent to the Senate floor for a possible vote at a later date to be determined.

OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes, Craig Woolcott, Mike Jarvis, Tim Bagley

 

Representative Schrader Hosts Fisherman’s Roundtable

On May 10, Representative Kurt Schrader (D OR-5) was joined by officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for the 7th Annual Fisherman’s Roundtable in Newport, Oregon. The Roundtable will provide an opportunity to discuss issues and challenges facing the fishermen of the state.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

House Members Visit Barrow Observatory

On May 9, a National Science Foundation organized congressional delegation of Members of the House joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research during a visit to the Atmospheric Baseline Observatories Barrow Observatory in Barrow, Alaska. During the visit they were briefed on the importance of long-term atmospheric monitoring. The Members included:

OLIA Lead: Mackenzie Solomon

 

Senate and House Staff Attend Hurricane Awareness Tour

On May 9, all interested Senate and House staff joined the Deputy Under Secretary for Operations Performing the duties of Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere/NOAA Administrator, Ben Friedman, and other NOAA officials for the Hurricane Awareness Tour’s stop at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. For the first time ever, four aircraft, include all three Hurricane Hunter aircraft visited Reagan Washington National Airport for the annual Tour. Hurricane experts from NOAA and the U.S. Air Force were on hand to raise awareness of our local threats from tropical cyclones, and the danger of being caught without a personal hurricane plan. Officials from the Department of Commerce (including Secretary Ross), Federal Emergency Management Agency, hurricane specialists, and meteorologists from the local National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office were on hand to educate residents of vulnerable communities about hurricane preparedness, and were available for interviews. Staff from local and state emergency management offices, non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross, and other partners were also a part of the event.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

House Hearing on Red Snapper

On May 2, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Interior, Energy, and Environment [Chair, Representative Blake Farenthold (R TX-14)] held a hearing titled "Examining the Management of Red Snapper Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico." Witnesses will discuss management of the rebuilding stock of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico, including the commercial sector, private anglers, and the for-hire fleet. The Director, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Earl Comstock, testified and a copy of the testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page.
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes

 

Senator Gardner Staff Visit Space Weather Prediction Center

On May 2, staff for Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service in Boulder, Colorado. First, the staff attended the Space Weather Workshop where they provided opening remarks on the Senator’s behalf, and then they toured the Space Weather Prediction Center.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

NOAA Fleet Update - May 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - May 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

 

April 2017

 

Representative Frelinghuysen School Tour With Hurricane Hunter Pilot

On April 24, Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R NJ-11) was joined by a Hurricane Hunter Pilot from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a series of visits to schools in the Morristown, New Jersey, area, where they spoke to hundreds of students. The purpose of the visit was to emphasize the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to educate the students on the work of NOAA and the valuable contributions our aircraft fleet and Corps pilots provide to the nation.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Senator Strange Visits Water Center

On April 18, Senator Luther Strange (R-AL) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) for a visit to the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. During the visit, the Senator was briefed on NWS and the NWS Hydrology program as well as how the National Water Center is helping to transform our decision support services for a water-ready nation.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Shaheen Staff Visit Dam Site

On April 14, staff for Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to a former dam site in Exeter, New Hampshire, to investigate the stability of the restored stream-bed after its first winter and confirm that migrating fish are able to travel upstream to important spawning habitat.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

Representative Ferguson Visits WFO

On April 13, Representative Drew Ferguson (R GA-3) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Peachtree City, Georgia. The visit provided an opportunity to learn more about the WFO’s mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Bennet Visits ESRL

On April 13, Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, the National Weather Service, the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a visit to the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) in Boulder, Colorado. The visit provided an opportunity to learn more about ESRL’s mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Mackenzie Solomon, Matt Borgia, Tim Bagley


Senator Schatz Attends Marine Debris Event

On April 13, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service at an event highlighting the impacts of marine debris in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands that took place in Honolulu, Hawaii. The event focused on the removal and transport of approximately 155,580 lbs of marine debris and derelict fishing nets from the beaches and reefs of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Kure Atoll State Wildlife Refuge to Honolulu.

OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis


Representative Crist Staff Visit Southeast Region

On April 10, staff for Representative Charlie Crist (R FL-13) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the regional offices in St. Petersburg, Florida. During the visit, the staff were briefed on fisheries issues as they relate to the 13th congressional district.
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes


Representative Bonamici Meets NOAA Officials

On April 7, Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D OR-1) was joined by officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps during a visit to the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. Representative Bonamici toured the Center then met with representatives from NOAA, Oregon Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and others.

OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama, Tim Bagley


Representative Weber Staff Visit Miami Lab

On April 7, staff for Representative Randy Weber (R TX-14) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the headquarters of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, Florida. During the visit, the staff were briefed on high-impact core programs and activities including next generation stock assessments, advanced technologies, fishery independent data collections; and a walk-about tour of the facility.
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes


Senator Sullivan Staff Visit NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson

On April 7, staff for Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer for a tour of the NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson in Kodiak, Alaska. The tour provided an opportunity to meet the officers, crew, and learn about the ship's mission, programs, and activities including its recent work collecting acoustic-trawl data necessary to determine the distribution, biomass, and biological composition of walleye pollock.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

NOAA Fleet Update - April 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - April 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

 

Senate Committee Markup

On April 5, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [Chair, Senator John Thune (R-SD)] held a markup of several items, including a couple of bills of interest to NOAA. The following bills were approved by the Committee and once reported out, will be sent to the Senate floor for a vote at a later date to-be-determined:

 

Senate Hearing on Forecasting Water-Related Hazards

On April 4, the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies [Chair, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)] held a hearing on mitigating the impacts of water hazards-including those from severe floods, droughts, and coastal storm surge, among others. The Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Weather Service, Dr. Louis Uccellini, testified and a copy of the final testimony may be viewed on the Congressional Testimony page.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

March 2017

 

Senator Murphy Staff Visit Aquaculture Lab

On March 29, staff for Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Aquaculture Laboratory in Milford, Connecticut. They were provided a tour and briefing on the Lab’s mission, programs, and activities in the region.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

Senator Scott  Sends Letter of Greeting for Ship Welcome Home

On March 27, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) provided a letter of greeting that was  read during the ceremony to welcome home the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown to Charleston, South Carolina. The Director of NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the Director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, Rear Admiral David Score (two star), and other officials were on hand to welcome back the ship and her crew, which returned after having spent over 3½ years away from home - one of the longest deployments of a NOAA research vessel – on a series of missions that took it from the North Atlantic to the Pacific and back.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

NOAA Fleet Update - March 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - March 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.

 

February 2017

 

Senator Thune Staff Attend Weather Workshop

On February 24, staff for Senator John Thune (R-SD) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) at the Integrated Weather Team Conference in Rapid City, South Dakota. The workshop brought together state and local emergency management, area media, NWS, and other partners for a facilitated meeting focused on identifying challenges, improving communications, and building stronger relationships related to weather warnings and preparedness. The event was co-sponsored by the NOAA Central Region Collaboration Team.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Representative Costa Meeting on Water

On February 24, Representative Jim Costa (D CA-16) was joined by officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service during a meeting in Los Banos, California, with state and federal agencies including General Managers and Board Chairmen of the water districts in the San Joaquin valley to discuss water operations.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Senate Committee Staff Visit AOC

On February 23, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined NOAA’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark Seiler, and 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 Tampa, Florida. The visit provided an overview of AOC’s mission, programs, and activities as well as an opportunity to tour the new AOC currently under construction in Lakeland, Florida.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Senate Committee Staff Visit Florida Keys Sanctuary

On February 22, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined NOAA’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark Seiler, and officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in Key West, Florida. The visit included a tour of the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, a discussion of operations and the history, regulations and current issues facing the Sanctuary including re-zoning and management plan review. The day closed with a visit to a damage assessment site for a briefing on seagrass bed damage from restoration and grounding.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

Senate Committee Staff Visit Fisheries Science Center

On February 21, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined NOAA’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark Seiler, and officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, Florida. The visit included a briefing on high-impact core programs and activities, as well as a round table discussion on emerging issues including next generation stock assessments, advanced technologies, fishery independent data collections, concluded with a walk-about tour of the facility.  
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes

 

Senate Committee Staff Visit AOML

On February 21, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined NOAA’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark Seiler, and officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research for a visit to the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) in Miami, Florida. The visit included a briefing on AOML's research program and demonstrations on global ocean observations, coral monitoring/ocean acidification, ocean carbon, and hurricane forecast improvement projects. The visit concluded with a discussion on observing system simulation experiments and AOML future capabilities, directions and priorities.
OLIA Lead: Mackenzie Solomon

 

Senate Committee Staff Visit NHC

On February 21, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined NOAA’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark Seiler, and officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and Weather Forecast Office in Miami, Florida. The visit included stops in, and discussions with, Center leadership, FEMA Liaison Room, NHC Forecast Operations Area, CARCAH - Chief Aerial Reconnaissance Coordination All Hurricanes (hurricane hunters), Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (TAFB or “Taff B”) operations area, and Storm Surge Unit.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Murkowski Staff Visit Fisheries Science Center

On February 17, staff for Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Washington. During the visit, they were briefed on the Center's activities, including the multidisciplinary research and monitoring that provides scientific advice and management information in support of sustainable fisheries and conserving protected species.
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes

 

NOAA Fleet Update - February 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - February 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

 

January 2017

 

Senate Committee Markup

On January 24, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [Chair, Senator John Thune (R-SD)] held a markup to consider a number of bills including several of interest to NOAA. The following bills were approved by the Committee and will be reported out at a later date to be determined, when they will then be sent to the Senate floor for a possible vote at a date to be determined.

 

Representative Bera Visits WFO and RFC

On January 17, Representative Ami Bera (D CA-7) and his staff joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) and California-Nevada River Forecast Center (RFC) in Sacramento, California. Central California has been hit by record rains, snowfall, and flooding recently and Representative Bera was provided a briefing on the flooding, including a rundown of the impacts to the District.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Merkley Sends Letter of Greeting for NOAA Ship Rainier Change of Command

On January 12, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) sent a letter of greeting for the Change of Command Ceremony for the NOAA Ship Rainier in Newport, Oregon. The Senator was unable to attend in person, but wished to express his support for the ship, her crew, missions, and to acknowledge the leadership of the outgoing Commander.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

NOAA Fleet Update - December 2016/January 2017

The NOAA Fleet Update - December 2016/January 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