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October 2018

NOAA Fleet Update - October 2018

The NOAA Fleet Update - October 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 October 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 [PDF] 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

 

September 2018

Representative Larsen and Representative Jaypal Staff Tour Puget Sound

On September 27, staff for Representative Rick Larsen (D WA-2) and Representative Pramila Jayapal (D WA-7) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries for a tour of Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington. The tour provided an opportunity to discuss how NOAA’s habitat program and partnerships have funded specific projects on the ground.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Keating Visits NEFSC Lab

On September 19, Representative Bill Keating (D MA-9) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) Woods Hole Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The visit provided an opportunity for representative Keating to meet with NEFSC leadership and discuss recent shark and seal interactions on Cape Cod.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

Senator King Staff Tour Habitat Focus Area

On September 19, staff for Senator Angus King (I-ME) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a tour of the Penobscot River Habitat Focus Area in Orono, Maine. The Penobscot is New England’s second largest river, draining nearly one-third of the state of Maine with a watershed area of 8,570 square miles not including tributaries to Penobscot Bay; is used as a spawning or nursery area by 11 migratory fish species, including three listed under the Endangered Species Act; and hosts the largest run of Atlantic salmon left in the United States. This site tour included trips to the Millford Dam fish lift, Weldon dam & hydropower facility, and Howland dam fish bypass project.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

Senate Hearing on Maritime Security and IUU Fishing

On September 18, 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, “Fish Fights: An Examination of Conflicts Over Ocean Resources,” that focused broadly on maritime security and NOAA’s role in combating Illegal, Unregulated, Unreported (IUU) fishing in domestic waters and on the high seas, as well as seafood fraud at our nation’s ports. The Deputy Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Paul Doremus, testified and a copy of the written statement and additional details of the hearing may be viewed on the Committee’s website.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

Representative Panetta Visits Lab

On September 18, Representative Jimmy Panetta (D CA-2) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Santa Cruz Lab in Santa Cruz, California.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

NOAA Fleet Update - September 2018

The NOAA Fleet Update - September 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 September 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 [PDF] 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

 

Senate Committee Markup

On September 5, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [Chair, Senator John Thune [(R-SD)] held an executive session to consider nominations and to markup several bills including S 2773, the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act. The Committee approved the bill and once reported, it may be sent to the Senate floor for a vote at a later date to be determined.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

August 2018

Hurricane Lane Reconnaissance, Response, and Recovery Aircraft Flight and Mission Info Recap

The Hurricane Lane Flight and Mission Info Recap [PDF] provides a summary of OMAO's aircraft flights in support of hurricane reconnaissance, response, and recovery missions related to Hurricane Lane that includes dates and times of flights, data gathered, and images of the flight paths.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

House Staff Visit Sanctuary - Massachusetts

On August 27, staff for Representative Seth Moulton (D MA-6) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Scituate, Massachusetts.  During the visit, the staff participated in a wildlife observation cruise on the research vessel Auk; learned about the vessel; received a mission brief; and then spent time visiting a real-time whale listening buoy where they viewed feeding whales and birds and gained a better understanding of general user activity in the sanctuary.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

Senate and House Committee Staff Visit Boulder

On August 20-22, staff for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology joined NOAA officials for a visit to Boulder, Colorado. The visit highlighted NOAA's important work and partnerships in the region, including programs from NOAA’s National Weather Service, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.
OLIA Lead: Rachel Fontana, Elizabeth Clark, Matt Borgia

 

Senate Hearing on Oil Spill Response

On August 20, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [hearing chair, Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)] held a field hearing titled, "Pipeline Safety in the Great Lakes: Incident Prevention and Response Efforts at the Straits of Mackinac” in Traverse City, Michigan. The Chief of the Emergency Response Division of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Office of Response and Restoration, Scott Lundgren, testified and copy of the written statement may be viewed on the Committee’s website.
OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

Senate Staff Visit Sanctuary - Massachusetts

On August 20, staff for Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Scituate, Massachusetts. During the visit, the staff participated in a wildlife observation cruise on the research vessel Auk; learned about the vessel; received a mission brief; and then spent time visiting a real-time whale listening buoy where they viewed feeding whales and birds and gained a better understanding of general user activity in the sanctuary.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

Senator Rubio and Representative Ross Staff Attend Air Museum Event

On August 17, staff for Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representative Dennis Ross (R FL-15) and state and local representatives joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for the ribbon cutting ceremony of a new NOAA exhibit at the Florida Air Museum in Lakeland, Florida. The event was organized and hosted by the Museum.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Senator Hirono Sends Letter and Hawaii Delegation Invited to Marine Center Ceremony

On August 17, Senate and House Members of the Hawaii Delegation and their staff were invited to join officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a Change of Command Ceremony. The Ceremony thanked the outgoing Commander of the Marine Operations Center - Pacific Islands, and welcomed the new Commander. The Members invited included:

Staff for Senator Hirono were scheduled to attend and the Senator also sent a letter of greeting that was read during the Ceremony.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

House Committee Staff Visit Sanctuary - Hawaii

On August 17, staff for the House Committee on Natural Resources joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Hawaii Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kauai, Hawaii. During the visit, discussions focused on the Sanctuary's north shore boundary, current issues, and the past year’s unusual flooding event.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

House Committee Staff Visit Seal Habitat Area

On August 16, staff for the House Committee on Natural Resources joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to Fuji Beach - an area that is frequented by monk seals in Kauai, Hawaii. The visit was an opportunity for the staff learn more about the seals and NOAA’s efforts to protect the species.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Shea-Porter and Staff For Senator Shaheen Tour Dam Site

On August 16, Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D NH-1) and staff for Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a tour of the Exeter Great Dam removal site in Dover/Exeter, New Hampshire. The Great Dam Removal Project restored approximately 21 miles of the Exeter River and its tributaries to a free-flowing condition, eliminating a barrier to migrating anadromous fish, improving water quality, and reducing flooding from coastal storms.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

House Committee Staff Visit Estuarine Reserve and IRC

On August 13, staff for the House Committee on Natural Resources joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve in Honolulu, Hawaii, where they learned about the unique and diverse upland, estuarine, and marine habitats within the estuary and Kāne‘ohe Bay. The staff then visited the NOAA Inouye Regional Center (IRC) where they received a tour and learned about NOAA's work in the region.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

Senator Hoeven Hosts Roundtable on Tornado Preparedness

On August 10, Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) was joined by officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a roundtable discussion in Waterford City, North Dakota. The discussions focused on the recent Watford City/ McKenzie County tornado, NOAA’s Doppler Radar coverage, and how to better prepare citizens in Watford City, the County, and other underserved areas in the state.
OLIA Lead: Rachel Fontana, Matt Borgia

 

Representative Kildee Staff Attend Roundtable

On August 9, staff for Representative Daniel Kildee (D MI-5) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for a Great Lakes Congressional Roundtable discussion in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Roundtable provide an opportunity for NMFS to highlight the Restoration Center’s habitat conservation programming in the Great Lakes Region.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

House Committee Staff Visit Tsunami Warning Center

On August 9, staff for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, as part of a Federal Emergency Management Agency congressional staff trip. During the visit, the staff toured the Center and were briefed on its activities and mission responsibilities.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Collins Staff Visit Field Station

On August 8, staff for Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center Field Station in Orono, Maine. During the visit, the staff were briefed on NOAA’s Atlantic salmon recovery programming at the Station and at nearby ecosystem restoration sites.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

Senator Schatz Staff Visit Fisheries Science Center

On August 8, staff for Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Pacific Islands Regional Office and the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center at Ford Island in Honolulu, Hawaii. During the meeting, the staff met with regional officials and toured the lab.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Herrera Beutler Hosts Grants Seminar

On August 7, Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R WA-3) was joined by officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a Guide to Grants Seminar she hosted in Vancouver, Washington.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Senate Staff Visit Boulder Facilities

On August 6-10, staff for the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined NOAA’s Assistant Secretary of Environmental Observation and Prediction, Dr. Neil Jacobs and other officials for the American Meteorological Society meeting and a visit to NOAA and NOAA partner facilities and programs in Boulder, Colorado. The NOAA programs highlighted included those for NOAA’s National Weather Service, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.
OLIA Lead: Mackenzie Solomon, Tanya Dobrzynski

 

Representative Carter Visits Sanctuary on NOAA Ship

On August 6, Representative Buddy Carter (R GA-1) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a tour of the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary in Savannah, Georgia, aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. The tour provided the staff a chance to learn about the current research expedition at the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo, Tim Bagley

 

Alaska Delegation Invited to Change of Command Ceremony

On August 3, Senate and House Members of the Alaska Delegation, their staff, and local officials were invited to join officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a Change of Command Ceremony for the NOAA Ship Fairweather in Nome, Alaska. The Ceremony honored the outgoing commander and welcomed the new commander aboard. The Members invited included:

Senator Murkowski, Senator Sullivan, and Representative Young each sent a letter of greeting that was read during the Ceremony.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Representative Pittenger and Senator Burr Staff Meeting on NEXRAD

On August 3, Representative Robert Pittenger (R NC-9) and staff for Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) joined the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Weather Service, Dr. Louis Uccellini, and local constituents in Charlotte, North Carolina, for a meeting on NEXRAD radar coverage in the area.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Representative Bonamici Staff Visit Research Station

On August 3, staff for Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D OR-1) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Newport Research Station in Newport, Oregon. During the visit, the staff met with research personnel to learn about how fisheries are responding to environmental stressors such as ocean acidification and harmful algal blooms.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

NOAA Fleet Update - August 2018

The NOAA Fleet Update - August 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 August 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

 

Representative Kennedy Attends NWS Ribbon Cutting

On August 1, Representative Joseph Kennedy III (D MA-4) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office (WFO) Boston and Northeast River Forecast Center for a Ribbon Cutting in concert with the General Services Administration to celebrate the relocation of this office to Norton, Massachusetts.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senate Committee Markup

On August 1, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held an executive session to consider and markup several bills including:

The Committee passed the bills and when/if they are reported, may then go to the Senate floor for a vote at a later date to be determined.

 

July 2018

 

Representative Higgins Attends Habitat Event

On July 30, Representative Brian Higgins (D NY-26) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for the Buffalo River Habitat Restoration Project Celebration Event in Buffalo, New York. The Project has restored nearly two miles of shoreline and twenty acres of habitat in eight project sites.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

Senator Nelson Staff Visit AOC

On July 30, staff for Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps during a visit to OMAO’s Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) in Lakeland, Florida. During the visit, they toured the facilities and were briefed on the work of our officers, staff, and crew at AOC, its mission, programs, and activities, and OMAO’s aircraft services.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Senate Staff Visit Bay Hydro II

On July 27, staff for Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) and the Senate Committee on Appropriations joined officials from the National Ocean Service for a visit to the Bay Hydro II in Annapolis, Maryland. NOAA relies on the research vessel Bay Hydro II, which is homeported in Solomons, Maryland, to identify hazards to navigation and collect data needed to keep NOAA nautical charts up-to-date. During the visit the staff toured the vessel, learned more about its work, and about the mission of the Coast Survey and NOAA's navigation programs.
OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

Representative Perlmutter and Representative Brooks Attend Space Weather Conference

On July 25, Representative Ed Perlmutter (D CO-7) and Representative Mo Brooks (R AL-5) provided opening remarks and joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service and National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service at the 2018 Space Weather Enterprise Forum in Washington, DC. The Forum has been conducted by the NOAA Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology on behalf of the National Space Weather Partnership, since 2009. About 130 people from the U.S. Government, industry, and academic sectors attended along with congressional staff, and media.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senate Hearing on the Blue Economy

On July 24, 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, “NOAA’s Blue Economy Initiative: Supporting Commerce in American Oceans and Great Lakes.” A vibrant U.S. economy depends on healthy ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes’ resources - the "blue economy" - and the science and management to conserve and sustainably use these resources is at the heart of NOAA’s mission. 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 and copy of the written testimony may be viewed on the Committee’s website.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

Senator Reed Staff Tour Marine Lab

On July 24, staff for Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a tour of the Narragansett Marine Laboratory in Narragansett, Rhode Island, where they were briefed on the Lab’s and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

Florida Delegation Invited to Hurricane Preparedness Briefing

On July 12, House Members of the Florida Delegation joined NOAA’s Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction, Dr. Neil Jacobs, for a briefing on 2018 Hurricane Season Preparedness. Representatives Alcee Hastings (D FL-20) and Representative Vern Buchanan (R FL-16) co-chaired the briefing, which consisted of a panel including NOAA, the Palm Beach Co. Emergency Management, and the Florida National Guard Liaison to the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The additional Members in attendance included:

OLIA Lead: LCDR Wendy Lewis, Matt Borgia

 

Senate and House Staff Briefing on the Blue Economy

On July 11, all interested Senate and House staff attended a briefing hosted by the Senate Oceans Caucus titled, “Buoying our Nation's Economy: The Role of Ocean Data in Support for the Blue Economy”. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) offered opening remarks and NOAA’s Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, provided an overview of NOAA's blue economy initiative, and introduced and moderated the panel.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo, Mike Jarvis

 

House Committee Staff Visit Tsunami Center

On July 5, staff for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The visit - part of a trip organized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency - provided staff with a tour and a briefing on the Center's activities and mission responsibilities.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

NOAA Fleet Update - July 2018

The NOAA Fleet Update - July 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 July 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

 

June 2018

 

Senator Cantwell Staff Visit Lab

On June 29, staff for Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Montlake Lab in Seattle, Washington. The lab serves as the headquarters of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center and the visit provided an opportunity to learn more about the Center’s mission, programs, and activities.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

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

 

May 2018

 

Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) Research Flight and Mission Info Recap: Tornado Formation, Intensity, and Path for the Southeast United States

The WP-3 (Tail ID# N42RF) Hurricane Hunter aircraft conducted a number of missions from March 9 - April 14, 2018, and operated in conjunction with ground based mobile radar platforms. The flights were based out of Huntsville International Airport in Huntsville, Alabama, and occurred over:

The Mission Info Recap provides an overview of the flights, the science conducted, and the importance of the research obtained.

 

Senator Kennedy Staff Visit WFO

On May 31, staff for Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) and Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell, Louisiana. During the visit, the staff were briefed on their mission, area of responsibility, and forecast and warning services for Louisiana constituents.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Rubio Staff Visit AOC

On May 30, staff for Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined 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 Lakeland, Florida. The visit provided an opportunity for the staff to learn more about OMAO, the Corps, AOC, and the missions, programs, and activities of our aircraft operations and how these vital platforms serve the nation.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Senate Committee Staff Visit NCWCP

On May 29, staff for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS); National Environmental, Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS); and the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) for a visit to the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP) in College Park, Maryland. The visit included a tour of all of NOAA's units in the building (the five NWS/NCEP centers, two NESDIS centers, and OAR's lab), and the briefings focused on NOAA's use of data, modeling, the creation of products/services at the centers, and how they work with their users/customers.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Representative Wasserman Schultz Hosts Hurricane Briefing

On May 25, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D FL-23) was joined by officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for her annual hurricane season preparedness briefing, which was held in Plantation, Florida.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Representative Gabbard Staff Visit Estuarine Reserve

On May 25, staff for Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D HI-2) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service, the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps for a visit to the He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve in Honolulu, Hawaii. During the visit, they were provided an overview of the National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) program, the Pae Pee o He'eia fish pond activities, and how those and Kako'o Oiwi play key roles in the NERR construct.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

Senate Committee Markup

On May 22, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation  [Chair, Senator John Thune (R-SD)] held an executive session to consider pending nominations and to markup several bills including S 2764, Sustainable Shark Fisheries & Trade Act. The Committee passed the bill, which once reported, may then go to the Senate floor for a vote at a later date to be determined.
OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes, Craig Woolcott

 

Senator Reed Visits NOAA Ship and Facilities in Rhode Island

On May 18, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined NOAA’s Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, and other officials for a visit to NOAA facilities and platforms, academic/partner institutions, and naval facilities in Rhode Island, including; the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow in Newport, the U.S. Maritime Resource Center in Middleton, and NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center and the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in Narragansett.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott



Senator Whitehouse Attends Ocean Summit

On May 18, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for the Ocean Summit in Newport, Rhode Island, during a session about Taking Action at the Local, State, and Private Sector Level. A series of seven Ocean Summits, held during the 2017 - 2018 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, aim to bring together the worlds of sport, science, government, NGOs, and the private sector to heighten awareness of the need to address marine debris and ensure clean oceans for the future.
OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

March 2018

 

Representative Larsen Visits Fisheries Research Station

On March 29, Representative Rick Larsen (D WA-2) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC) for a visit to the Mukilteo Research Station in Mukilteo, Washington. VCC is a program of the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs that provides opportunities for veterans to restore Washington's natural resources. The NOAA/VCC internships are based at NMFS offices and research stations in Washington.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Senator Hirono Staff Visit the Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center

On March 27, staff for Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) 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 their activities, priorities, and focus areas in the Pacific Islands. The visit was sponsored and coordinated through the U.S. Navy.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Senator Cassidy Staff Visit WFO

On March 27, staff for Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the New Orleans/Baton Rouge Weather Forecast Office (WFO) and Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center (RFC) in Slidell, Louisiana. During the visit, the staff were given a tour of the WFO and RFC, were provided presentations on the offices' operations, and were updated on the latest products and services that support Louisiana constituents.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Representative Denham Staff Visit Marine Sanctuary

On March 26, staff for Representative Jeff Denham (R CA-10) joined officials from NOAA’s National Ocean Service for a visit to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Monterey Bay, California. In addition to being briefed on the Sanctuary’s mission, programs, and activities, the staffreceived a tour of the primary sanctuary facility and also tour a research vessel.
OLIA Lead: Makeda Okolo

 

Oregon and Alaska Delegations Invited to 50th Anniversary Ship Ceremony

On March 22, Senate and House Members of the Alaska and Oregon Delegations and their staff were invited, and local and state officials joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corp, and other NOAA Line, Staff, Corporate, and Program Offices as well as our federal and private partners for a ceremony honoring the 50th Anniversary Ceremony of the NOAA Ships Rainier and Fairweather at OMAO’s Marine Operations Center – Pacific in Newport, Oregon. The Ceremony celebrated the important missions of these vessels and the work that their officers and crew have done over the past 50 years on behalf of the nation.

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) provided a letter of greeting that was read during the ceremony acknowledging the important work of the ships and their crews and their value to Alaska and the nation.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Senator Whitehouse Addresses Marine Debris Conference

On March 14, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) presented a video address to the 6th International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC) in San Diego, California. The Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Dr. Russell Callender, provided remarks at the conference's welcoming ceremony and opening plenary on March 12. NOAA and UN Environment co-hosted the conference, which built upon past successes and share innovative ideas for advancing progress in the areas of marine debris prevention, education, reduction, and research.
OLIA Lead: Mike Jarvis

 

Senator Peters Visits GLERL

On March 12, Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research for a visit to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During the visit, Senator Peters toured the Lab and participated in a round table discussion with NOAA and partners that provided an overview of the cooperation involved in monitoring and protecting the Great Lakes.
OLIA Lead: Mackenzie Solomon

 

Representative Ross Staff Attend and Senator Nelson Sends Greetings for AOC Change of Command

On March 2, staff for Representative Dennis Ross (R FL-15) joined the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, RDML Tim Gallaudet; the Director of NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), Rear Admiral Michael J. Silah (two star); and other officials at a Change of Command Ceremony for OMAO’s Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) in Lakeland, Florida. The Ceremony honored the work of the current Commander and welcomed the new Commander aboard.

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Representative Ross provided letters of greeting that were read during the event.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley

 

Senator King and Representative Pingree Attend Fisheries Meeting

On March 2, Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Representative Chellie Pingree (D ME-1) joined the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Chris Oliver, and other officials for a meeting on New England fisheries management and science in Rockland, Maine.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

Line Office Two-Pagers

Below are NOAA Line Office two-pagers that provide an overview of each Office and recent mission highlights. Each document is a PDF file that may be downloaded and printed, or viewed online:

National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service

National Marine Fisheries Service

National Ocean Service

National Weather Service

Office of Marine and Aviation Operations

Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

 

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

 

NOAA Fleet Update - March 2018

The NOAA Fleet Update - March 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

 

February 2018

 

Senate Committee Markup

On February 28, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation [Chair, Senator John Thune (R-SD)] held an executive session to consider several items including:

The Committee passed the bill, which once reported out of committee, may be sent to the Senate floor for a vote at a later date to be determined.

OLIA Lead: Topher Holmes

 

Senator Shelby Staff Visit WFO

On February 23, staff for Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Huntsville, Alabama. During the visit, the staff were briefed on the office's current service areas, initiatives, and priorities for services to Alabama constituents and core partners.

OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

Senator Murray Visits Research Station

On February 22, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) joined officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for a visit to the Mukilteo Research Station in Mukilteo, Washington. During the visit, Senator Murray was briefed on the latest research and findings on Southern Resident killer whales and where their research might need more support.
OLIA Lead: Becky Cruz Lizama

 

Representative Perlmutter Visits Boulder Facilities

On February 22, Representative Ed Perlmutter (D CO-7) joined officials from NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research; National Weather Service; and the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service for a visit to NOAA facilities in Boulder, Colorado.
OLIA Lead: Mackenzie Solomon

 

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

 

NOAA Fleet Update - February 2018

The NOAA Fleet Update - February 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

 

 

Representative Bonamici Staff Tour Bonneville Dam

On February 14, staff for Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D OR-1) joined the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, RDML Tim Gallaudet, for a tour of the Bonneville Dam in Bonneville, Oregon.
OLIA Lead: Chris Hayes

 

Senator Merkley and Representative Schrader Staff Tour Port and NOAA Ship

On February 13, staff for Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Kurt Schrader (D OR-5) joined the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, RDML Tim Gallaudet, in Portland, Oregon, for a tour of the Port and the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette, which is currently in dry dock undergoing repairs.
OLIA Lead: Chris Hayes

                                                                                                           

Representative Brown Visits NSOF

On February 12, Representative Anthony Brown (D MD-4) joined officials from NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service for a visit to NOAA's Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, Maryland.
OLIA Lead: Sierra Jones

 

Representative Conaway Visits WFO

On February 9, Representative Michael Conaway (R TX-11) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) and West Gulf River Forecast Center in Fort Worth, Texas. During the visit, Representative Conaway and his staff were briefed on the weather and water forecasts and warnings provided for the 11th District.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia

 

January 2018

 

Representative Keating Sponsors Fishing Industry Roundtable

On January 30, Representative William Keating (D MA-9) sponsored a fishing industry roundtable in New Bedford, Massachusetts, which was attended by officials from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, the New Bedford Harbor Commission, and industry representatives. The topics of discussion included the Cooperative Research Program and Study Fleet.
OLIA Lead: Craig Woolcott

 

Senate and House Staff Briefing on 2017 Hurricane Season

On January 18, all interested Senate and House were be briefed by the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, RDML Tim Gallaudet, and other NOAA officials on the 2017 hurricane season. The briefing, titled 2017 Hurricane Season: How NOAA Supported Communities, Reduced Risk, and Aided in Recovery, will present how NOAA assets and services provided key information before and during the storms that translated into lives saved and costs avoided.
OLIA Lead: Kelly Cates, Chris Hayes

 

Senator Peters’ Staff Visit WFO

On January 11, staff for Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia