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115th Congress: 2017-2018

 

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April 2018

 

 

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, if it is reported out, it may go the House floor for a 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