News and Updates Archive

114th Congress: 2015-2016

 

March 2015

 

NOAA FY 16 Budget Request Documents

 

NESDIS Newsletter- March 2015

The NESDIS Newsletter- March 2015 [PDF], provides an update on the operations, key data sets, messages, activites, and programs for NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.

 

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.

 

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 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

March 18

March 17

March 12

March 11

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March 9

March 6

March 3

March 2

 

February 2015

 

Senate and House Great Lakes Briefings

From February 25-27, Senate and House Members and staff were briefed by the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Craig McLean, or other officials, during the 2015 Great Lakes Days on the Hill. These briefings provided an update on NOAA’s research and activities in the Great Lakes region, and include:

NESDIS Newsletter- February 2015

The NESDIS Newsletter- February 2015 [PDF], provides an update on the operations, key data sets, messages, activites, and programs for NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - February 2015

The NOAA Fleet Update - February 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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NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson is a key ship in counting fisheries populations in Alaska for the U.S. Economy, but is also equipped to support other NOAA missions. The Dyson recently launched a number of oceanographic buoys in Alaskan waters that will help monitor ocean acidification in the region. More info:http://1.usa.gov/16i4fhB


 

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 recently held - noting date, Member or staff, primary briefer, and OLIA Lead - appear below:

February 24

February 25

February 26

February 19

February 18

Senator Stabenow Visits Heritage Center

On February 18, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) visited NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS), Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center and Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan. During the visit, Senator Stabenow was briefed by NOS officials on expansion, tourism and the marine tech education program and the Sanctuary Nomination Process and the growing interest in the Great Lakes.

 

Senate and House Staff Briefings on NOAA’s FY 2016 Budget Request

On February 13, all interested Senate and House staff were briefed by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, on NOAA’s FY 2016 budget request, where they learned more about NOAA’s priorities, mission, programs, and activities. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hosted the Senate briefing and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hosted the House briefing.

 

House Hearing on Satellites

On February 12, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Environment (Chair, Representative Jim Bridenstine, (R OK-1) and the Subcommittee on Oversight (Chair, Representative Barry Loudermilk, (R GA-11), held a hearing on satellite issues titled, “Bridging the Gap: America’s Weather Satellites and Weather Forecasting”. The purpose of the hearing was to provide Congress with an update on NOAA's polar-orbiting and geostationary weather satellite programs. The Assistant Administrator of NOAA's National Environmental, Science, and Information Service, Dr. Stephen Volz, testified.

 

Florida Delegation and State Officials Attend Satellite Launch

On February 8, Members of the Florida Delegation and state officials joined NOAA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Operations, Vice Admiral Michael Devany; the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, Dr. Stephen Volz; and other officials from NOAA, NASA, and the U.S. Air Force, for the launch of the DSCOVR satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The launch had to be rescheduled for a later date, but the event provided an opportunity for a series of discussions on satellite issues. The Members of the Delegation and state officials who attended were:

 

Senate and House Staff Attend Satellite Launch Viewing Event

On February 8, Senate and House Committee staff joined the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Commerce, Bruce Andrews; the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Weather Service, Dr. Louis Uccellini; and other NOAA officials for a viewing event at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Maryland, of the launch of the DSCOVR satellite. The launch had to be rescheduled for a later date, but the event provided an opportunity for a series of discussions on satellite issues. Staff from the following committees attended:

 

NOAA Heritage Week Open House for Senate and House Staff

On February 7, all interested Senate and House staff attended NOAA's Heritage Week Open House in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Open House provided opportunities for staff to meet and talk with scientists, weather forecasters, hurricane hunters, and others who work to understand our environment, protect life and property, and conserve and protect natural resources.


January 2015

 

OAR Newsletter- January 2015

Please see attached for the inaugural research newsletter from NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)!  This quarterly edition features stories on predicting future droughts in California, NOAA deploying an unmanned aircraft directly inside a hurricane, a study that reveals a new pattern of tornado activity in recent years, an in depth look on a research to operations (R2O) success story, and R2O on tsunami detection buoys over the past 10 years.

 

 

NESDIS Newsletter- January 2015

The NESDIS Newsletter- January 2015 [PDF], provides an update on the operations, key data sets, messages, activites, and programs for NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.

 

Mississippi Delegation Staff Attend Change of Command Ceremony for NOAA Ship Pisces

On January 22, staff for Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) joined Rear Admiral (two star) David Score, Director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps and NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, at the Change of Command Ceremony for the NOAA Ship Pisces in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Senator Cochran also sent a letter of greeting that was read during the ceremony.

 

NOAA Fleet Update - January 2015

The NOAA Fleet Update - January 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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Re-winging of N42RF is scheduled to commence in March 2015 and finish in May 2016.

Re-wing Kit Consists of:
-Outer Wing Assembly (OWA)
-Center Wing Box (CWB)
-Horizontal Stabilizer (Hstab)
-Installation