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June 2018


NOAA Fleet Update - June 2018

The NOAA Fleet Update - June 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


Senate Markups for FY19

On June 12, the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies [Chair, Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS)] held a markup the FY19 Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill. On June 14, the Senate Committee on Appropriations  [Chair, Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)] held their markup and affirmed the Subcommittee’s draft that would appropriate $5.48 billion for NOAA. This would be a $426 million decrease below the FY18 enacted level.

The draft funding bill approved by the House Committee on Appropriations last month House bill would give NOAA $5.2 billion for FY19.


House Hearing on ESA

On June 7, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy [Chair, Representative Fred Upton (R MI-6)] held a hearing on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and hydropower. The hearing focused broadly on the permitting process including the ESA and forward looking plans to reduce project timelines, including implementation of the Executive Order 13807, Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure. The Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Chris Oliver, testified and a copy of the final testimony may be viewed on the Committee’s website.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama


House Hearing on the Arctic

On June 7, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation [Chair, Representative Duncan Hunter (R CA-50)] held a hearing on the United States' role with maritime transportation in the Arctic. NOAA’s Senior Arctic Advisor, David Kennedy, testified and a copy of the final testimony may be viewed on the Committee’s website.
OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis


House Committee Markup

On June 6, the House Committee on Natural Resources [Chair, Representative Rob Bishop (R UT-1)] held a markup to consider several bills including HR 4528, which would amend the Billfish Conservation Act and the Shark Conservation Act. The Committee passed the bill, and if or when it is reported, it may then go to the House floor for a vote at a later date to be determined.
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes


Senate Hearing on Digital Coast

On June 5, 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, “A Decade of the Digital Coast Partnership Program: Successes and Opportunities.” The hearing covered the initiation of the program, community engagement and the Digital Coast Partnership. The Deputy Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Nicole LeBoeuf, testified and a copy of the final testimony may be viewed on the Committee’s website.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo


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