News and Updates Archive

115th Congress: 2017-2018

 

 

March 2017

 

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.

 

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.