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May 2018

 

House Markup for FY19

On May 17, the House Committee on Appropriations [Chair, Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R NJ-11)] held a markup of the FY19 Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill, which contains $5.2 billion for NOAA. The bill now heads to the House floor for consideration. A date for floor debate has not been scheduled.

 

House Committee Markup

On May 16, the House Committee on Natural Resources [Chair, Representative Rob Bishop (R UT-1) held a markup of several bills including HR 3916, FISH Act, a bill that will transfer the responsibilities over anadromous and catadromous species under the Endangered Species Act that were vested in NMFS to the Department of Interior (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). The Committee passed the bill, which once reported, may then go to the House floor for a vote at a later date to be determined.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Senator Schumer Requests Hurricane Hunter Pilot for Marine Science Student Conference

On May 9, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) requested that NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps send a Hurricane Hunter pilot to speak to 300+ students at the annual New York State Marine Education Association Student Conference in Brooklyn, New York. Hosted by Kingsborough Community College as part of their annual EcoFest celebrating Earth Day, the Conference was a continuation of the Marine and Atmospheric Science lecture series and provided students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to learn more about the mission, programs, and activities of NOAA and our aircraft platforms.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Representative Keating Staff Visit NEFSC

On May 4, staff for Representative Bill Keating (D MA-9) and members of the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Association joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The visit as an opportunity to meet with NEFSC leadership, discuss New England fisheries stock assessments, tour the facilities, and more.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

Senate and House Staff Visit Sanctuary and NOAA Ship

On May 3-4, staff for the Senate and House 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 provided an opportunity to learn more about the program and better understand site level efforts to engage the community, recover from hurricane impacts and work with partners to address coral issues in Florida.

On May 4, the staff joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, for a tour of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. The staff were from the offices of:

OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

Senate Committee Staff Visit Florida Facilities/Assets - Miami

On May 2, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined NOAA’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark Seiler, and other officials for a visit to NOAA facilities in the Miami area including the National Hurricane Center and Miami Weather Forecast Office, the Southeast Fishery Science Center, and the Atlantic Oceanographic Meteorological Laboratory.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo, Matt Borgia, Topher Holmes, Elizabeth Clark

 

Senator Burr and Senator Tillis Staff Visit NCEI

On May 1, staff for Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined officials from NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service for a visit to the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) in Asheville, North Carolina.
OLIA Lead: Sierra Jones

 

April 2018

 

House Committee Hearing - Space Weather

On April 26, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Space [Chair, Representative Brian Babin (R TX-36)] and the Subcommittee on Environment [Chair, Representative Andy Biggs (R AZ-5)] held a hearing titled, “Surveying the Space Weather Landscape.” NOAA’s Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction, Dr. Neil Jacobs, testified.
OLIA Lead: Sierra Jones, Matt Borgia

 

Senate Committee Hearing - MMPA

On April 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 reauthorization of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and potential changes to the statute. The Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Chris Oliver, testified.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Senate Committee Markup

On April 25, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [Chair, Senator John Thune (R-SD) held an executive session to consider several nominations and to markup legislation including:

Both bills were approved by the Committee and when, or if, they are reported out, they may be sent to the Senate floor for a possible vote at a later date to be determined.
OLIA Lead: Elizabeth Clark, Topher Holmes

 

Representative Schrader Hosts Fishermen’s Roundtable

On April 20, Representative Kurt Schrader (D OR-5) was joined by officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for his annual fishermen's roundtable in Newport, Oregon, where they discussed the state of our fisheries.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Senator Murkowski Staff Visit PMEL

On April 18, staff for Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research for a visit to the Pacific Marine Environmental Lab (PMEL) in Seattle, Washington. During the visit, the staff will be briefed on arctic technology plans for the 2018 field season.
OLIA Lead: Elizabeth Clark

 

House Committee Hearing - Fisheries Bills

On April 17, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans [Chair, Representative Doug Lamborn (R CO–5)] held a hearing on three bills related to fisheries:

The Director of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, Alan Risenhoover, testified.
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes, Craig Woolcott

 

Representative Khanna Staff Visit Sanctuary

On April 14, staff for Representative Ro Khanna (D CA-17) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Santa Cruz, California. The staff were briefed on the Sanctuary’s mission, programs, and activities and toured the sanctuary exploration center and also Breakwater Cove at Monterey Harbor.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

Senate Committee Hearing - Hurricane Preparedness and Response

On April 12, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science [Chair, Senator John Thune (R-SD)] held a hearing on hurricane preparedness and response. NOAA’s Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, testified.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

House Committee Hearing - NOAA’s FY19 Budget

On April 12, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans, [Chair, Representative Doug Lamborn (R CO-5)] held a hearing titled, "Examining the Proposed FY 2019 Spending, Priorities and Missions of the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Four Power Marketing Administrations." NOAA’s Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, testified.

 

House Committee Markup

On April 11, the House Committee on Natural Resources [Chair, Representative Rob Bishop (R UT-1)] held a markup of several bills including:

The Committee passed the bill and when, or if, it is reported out, may be sent to the House floor for a possible vote at a later date to be determined.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

House Committee Hearing - NOAA’s FY19 Budget

On April 11, the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee [Chair, Representative John Culberson (R TX-7)] held a hearing on NOAA’s FY19 budget request. NOAA’s Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, testified.

 

Representative Cleaver and Representative Moore Staff Visit the IRC

On April 6, staff for Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D MO-5) and Representative Gwen Moore (D WI-4) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a tour of the NOAA Inouye Regional Center (IRC) in Honolulu, Hawaii. During the tour, the staff were briefed on OMAO, the NOAA Corps, and the missions, programs, and activities that support Hawaii, the Pacific region, and the nation, including the NOAA Ships Oscar Elton Sette and the Hi'ialakai that are homeported in Honolulu, and our aircraft services that support soil moisture surveys in the Midwest.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Representative Hanabusa Staff Visit the Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center

On April 6, staff for Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D HI-1) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a tour of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. During the visit, the staff learned about the Center’s activities, priorities, and focus areas in the Pacific Islands.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Ross Staff Visit AOC

On April 5, staff for Representative Dennis Ross (R FL-15) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a visit to the Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) in Lakeland, Florida. During the visit, the staff were briefed on OMAO, the NOAA Corps, and AOC’s mission, programs, activities, and the aircraft platforms we use.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Representative Wagner Visits WFO

On April 5, Representative Ann Wagner (R MO-2) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in St. Louis, Missouri, where she was briefed on NWS's unique task of weather modeling, forecasting, and the technology used.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Representative Gabbard Staff Visit the IRC

On April 2, staff for Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D HI-2) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a tour of the NOAA Inouye Regional Center (IRC) in Honolulu, Hawaii. During the tour, the staff were briefed on OMAO, the NOAA Corps, and the missions, programs, and activities that support Hawaii, the Pacific region, and the nation, including the NOAA Ships Oscar Elton Sette and the Hi'ialakai that are homeported in Honolulu.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

NOAA Fleet Update - April 2018

The NOAA Fleet Update - April 2018 [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

 

Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO): Aircraft Flights and Mission Info Summary for April 2018

Whether studying severe weather, assessing marine mammal populations, surveying coastal erosion, investigating oil spills, flight checking aeronautical charts, or improving hurricane prediction models, OMAO's flight crews, scientists, and partners, operate all across the United States and beyond, including in some of the world's most demanding flight regimes.

The Mission Summary provides an overview of the status or location(s) and mission(s) for each aircraft for the month. Please note all mission bases, projected flight locations, and mission parameters and requirements may shift based on changing needs and circumstances.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley