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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

FYI covers NOAA’s weather and climate research supported through the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, operational weather forecasting capabilities at the National Weather Service, and its extensive monitoring of the atmosphere through ground, air, and space –based sensors.

 
19 Feb 2015

A joint hearing last week by two subcommittees of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee provided an update on the status of a program to replace key aging satellites providing critical data used in weather predictions.  Among the witnesses was Alexander MacDonald, President of the American Meteorological Society, a Member Society of the American Institute of Physics.

 
6 Feb 2015

The Obama Administration has requested an increase of 9.8 percent in the budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in FY 2016.  Under this request, sent to Congress on Monday, the total budget would increase from $5,448.9 million to $5,982.6 million.

 
16 Dec 2014

Congress has completed the FY 2015 appropriations cycle with House and Senate approval of a $1.1 trillion bill providing funding through September 30, 2015 for all departments and agencies with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security that will be funded through early 2015. 

 
13 Apr 2001

President Bush's FY 2002 budget request would cut funding for the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) by nearly 20 percent. Support for NIST's in- house laboratories would increase, but funding for new Advanced Technology Program (ATP) awards would be suspended while the program is evaluated. Also part of the Commerce Department, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would see a 2.0 percent decrease under this request.

 
13 Aug 2002

On July 24, the Environment, Technology, and Standards Subcommittee examined the ability of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to handle and utilize satellite data. The hearing focused on the difficulties experienced by NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service in providing data to DOD and the National Weather Service, and whether NOAA will be prepared for the tremendous influx in data when the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System becomes operational later this decade.

 
30 Mar 2005

Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) is the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Environment, Technology and Standards of the House Science Committee (see http://www.house.gov/science/committeeinfo/members/environment/index.htm ). In this role, he recently appeared before the newly established House Appropriations Subcommittee on Science, State, Justice, and Commerce and Related Agencies, chaired by Rep.

 
9 Nov 2006

"We in Congress need to provide NOAA and its employees clear direction and the tools they require to perform critical missions and functions that affect the everyday lives of all Americans. This bill provides that direction, strengthens science at the agency, and improves Congressional oversight of NOAA." - Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI)

 
29 Jan 2007

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives is scheduled to take up legislation to complete the FY 2007 appropriations cycle. This $463.5 billion bill will contain funding for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The bill will then go to the Senate, where the schedule is much less certain.

 
5 Sep 2008

"The next president's ability to meet key challenges facing the nation will depend upon a high-quality team in the White House to evaluate and shape the government's approximately $142 billion investments in Science and Technology as well as the broader S&T underpinnings of complex national and international issues." - Lee H. Hamilton, president and director of the Woodrow Wilson Center

 
9 Jul 2010

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report requested by the  House Committee on Science and Technology’s Subcommittee on Investigations and  Oversight sheds light on years of technical delays, administrative mismanagement,  and the spiraling cost of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental  Satellite System (NPOESS).

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