The Future Of The Fleets

2018-10-15T16:14:58+00:00 October 15, 2018|

(Credit: Chief Petty Officer David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing titled: “The Future of the Fleets: Coast Guard and NOAA Ship Recapitalization” Why It [...]

August’s Congressional Wrap Up

2018-09-10T11:53:07+00:00 September 10, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed Last month the Senate passed two bills that would advance ocean science and an appropriations minibus (H.R. 6157), which included a spending package for the Department of Defense, Department of Education, and Department of Labor, and Health and Human Services. The Commercial Engagement Through [...]

Senators See Disconnect Between Dollars And Deliverables Of NOAA’s Priorities

2018-07-30T15:03:45+00:00 July 30, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing titled, “NOAA’s Blue Economy Initiative: Supporting Commerce in American Oceans and Great Lakes.” Why It Matters Sectors of the economy that involve the ocean and Great [...]

Preparing Coastal Communities For Change

2018-07-02T17:06:27+00:00 July 2, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Sea Grant Association, in conjunction with the House Oceans Caucus (chaired by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) and Don Young (AK-At-Large)), sponsored a congressional briefing titled, “Preparing Coastal Communities for Change: Economic Resiliency, Fisheries, Coastal Erosion, Sea Level Rise, and Ocean Acidification.” Why [...]

Senate Spending Bill Supports Ocean Science, Research, And Education

2018-06-18T17:31:45+00:00 June 18, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was Senate appropriators marked up and approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Commerce-Justice-Science  (CJS) appropriations bill (S. 3072) with strong bipartisan support in both the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies and in the full Appropriations Committee.   Why It Matters Through the annual appropriations process, [...]

NOAA Digital Coast: Panel Praises The Power Of Partnerships

2018-06-11T16:54:00+00:00 June 11, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What it was The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing titled “A Decade of the Digital Coast Partnership Program: Successes and Opportunities.” Why it matters From planning infrastructure to making evacuation recommendations during a [...]

CJS Appropriations Bill Favoring NASA Space Science Flies Towards House Floor

2018-05-21T16:14:27+00:00 May 21, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Appropriations Committee held a markup on the fiscal year (FY) 2019 commerce, justice, and science (CJS) appropriations bill, which passed with some bipartisan support. Why It Matters Ensuring our nation’s security and prosperity relies in part on education, scientific discovery, competitive [...]

Draft House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill Includes Increases For NSF And NASA And Cuts For NOAA

2018-05-15T08:53:39+00:00 May 14, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Consortium for Ocean Leadership Staff What It Was House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies held a markup titled, “Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill.” Additionally, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, and Related Agencies held a hearing to [...]

Deep Dive Into NOAA’s Core Priorities

2018-04-30T15:22:15+00:00 April 30, 2018|

What It Was Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet (Acting Undersecretary of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)), after delivering the keynote address for the American Meteorological Society’s Washington Forum, hosted a conversation with science writers from the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and the American Institute of Physics. The following contain the highlights of that [...]

Congress Concerned About President’s Proposed Cuts For NOAA In FY 2019

2018-04-16T13:41:55+00:00 April 16, 2018|

What It Was The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies held a budget hearing titled, “Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.” Why It Matters The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the key federal agency responsible for understanding our ocean, managing commercial fisheries, forecasting weather and [...]

March’s Congressional Wrap Up

2018-04-02T13:04:17+00:00 April 2, 2018|

(Credit: Getty Images) What Passed Congress kept us on the edge of our seats last month; with only hours remaining before the continuing resolution expired, the omnibus appropriations package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 was signed into law (P.L.115-141). Thanks to the February budget deal, the final bill included increases across federal [...]

Budget Questions For Commerce

2018-03-26T14:41:00+00:00 March 26, 2018|

What It Was The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies held a budget hearing on the administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Department of Commerce budget request. Why It Matters The Department of Commerce (DOC), which includes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), promotes economic growth in the U.S., from [...]

Ocean Sciences Win In Omnibus

2018-03-26T14:38:07+00:00 March 26, 2018|

What It Was The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 omnibus appropriations bill passed on Friday. As expected (thanks to the February budget agreement’s increase to budget caps), many funding levels for science; technology; and ocean agencies, programs, projects, offices, and initiatives saw increases over the previous FY 2018 congressional proposals and the FY 2018 president’s [...]

Investments In Ocean Science and Technology That Underpin Our Nation’s Security Left Out Of President’s Budget

2018-02-14T13:49:37+00:00 February 14, 2018|

(Washington, D.C.) – In response to the release of the president’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2019, Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White, president and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, released the following statement. “I am deeply disturbed by the proposed cuts to ocean and Earth sciences and technology in the president’s budget [...]

Fifth Time’s The Charm?

2018-02-12T17:34:15+00:00 February 12, 2018|

What It Was Last week the House and Senate worked on buying more time to address FY 2018 appropriations. After arduous debate back and forth, progress was made by passing another continuing resolution (CR), an increase to the budget caps, and raising the debt ceiling. Why It Matters The delays in funding the government [...]

Nomination Déjà Vu

2018-01-22T14:25:52+00:00 January 22, 2018|

What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a nomination markup on seven presidential appointed positions, including Mr. Barry Myers for Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Representative James Bridenstine (OK-1) for Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). All seven nominations passed out of [...]

Streamlining Or Undermining?

2018-01-16T16:49:20+00:00 January 16, 2018|

What It Was The House Natural Resources Committee held a markup of six environmental bills, including the Streamlining Environmental Approvals Act of 2017 (SEA Act; H.R. 3133), which amends the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (MMPA, P.L. 92-522). All bills passed out of committee.  Why It Matters The ocean has myriad uses, from [...]

Nomination For NOAA Administrator Moves Forward

2018-01-22T13:55:44+00:00 December 18, 2017|

What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a confirmation vote for presidential nominee Mr. Barry Myers (CEO, AccuWeather, Inc.) to serve as the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and a markup of the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2018 (S. 2200) and the [...]

Fisheries Bills Swim Towards House Floor

2018-01-09T17:19:29+00:00 December 18, 2017|

(Credit: NOAA) What It Was The House Natural Resources Committee held a markup of 15 bills including two on fisheries— Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act (H.R. 200) and RED SNAPPER Act (H.R. 3588). Both pieces of legislations passed by votes of 23-17 and 22-16, respectively. Why It [...]

Is NOAA One Step Closer To Having An Administrator?

2018-01-08T14:09:42+00:00 December 4, 2017|

(Credit: AccuWeather) What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a nomination hearing to consider presidential nominee Mr. Barry Myers (CEO, AccuWeather, Inc.) to serve as the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Why It Matters Executive leadership is vital to, implementing missions, executing projects, creating an organizational [...]

A Less Frozen Frontier

2018-08-06T16:20:38+00:00 December 4, 2017|

Northwest Passage (Credit: NASA) What It Was A coalition of geoscience organizations and Representative Don Young (AK-At-large) hosted a briefing in the Geosciences and the U.S. Economy Series titled, “Geosciences in the Artic: Permafrost, Energy, and Trade Routes in the Last Frontier.” Why It Matters The United States is an Arctic nation [...]

Science Serving Communities

2017-11-30T15:26:25+00:00 November 13, 2017|

The Sea Grant Association, in conjunction with Representatives Lee Zeldin (NY-1) and Joe Courtney (CT-2), hosted a briefing, “Using science and outreach to assist state and local decision makers in disaster preparedness and public safety.” Hurricanes Maria, Harvey, Irma, and Nate, along with raging wildfires, have wreaked havoc on the lives of Americans this year, leading Congress to appropriate $50 billion in emergency disaster aid since September. Sea Grant supports research that seeks to understand natural disasters, how humans and nature respond, and how to prepare for the future based on past outcomes.

Bridenstine Nomination Approved By Committee On Party-line Vote

2017-11-30T15:26:55+00:00 November 13, 2017|

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to be NASA Administrator this morning on a party-line vote. The committee also approved Neil Jacobs to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction on a voice vote. The nominations next will go to the full Senate for a vote. Dates have not been announced.

Questions On The Road To Confirmation

2018-01-22T10:30:45+00:00 November 6, 2017|

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing to consider four presidential nominees subject to Senate confirmation, including The Honorable James Bridenstine (OK-1) to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Dr. Neil Jacobs to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Environmental Observation and Prediction at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Working Together On Water

2017-11-30T15:27:56+00:00 November 6, 2017|

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans held a hearing on three water bills, including the Hydrographic Services Improvement Amendments Act (H.R. 221) and Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act (H.R. 1176). The use of our ocean is increasing, and this hearing focused on two pieces of legislation that would address the backlog of coastal surveys (which could help prevent oil spills, ship collisions, and habitat destruction) and ensure working waterfronts persist through coastal development.

NOAA’s Office Of National Marine Sanctuaries And Liquid Robotics Collaborate To Protect Vulnerable Marine Sanctuaries And Ecosystems

2017-10-17T15:45:19+00:00 October 17, 2017|

Liquid Robotics and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) Pacific Islands Region (PIR) announced a multi-year agreement to develop solutions to help protect and preserve the Hawaiian and American Samoa marine sanctuaries and monuments. Liquid Robotics’ Wave Glider, an autonomous surface ocean robot, will be the core technology to conduct long-term environmental monitoring and surveillance of the Pacific’s most diverse and endangered underwater ecosystems. This partnership will help address the critical long-term monitoring and scientific data collection gaps that are not economically feasible with traditional research assets.

Trump Administration Science Leadership Roles Move Forward

2017-11-30T15:31:42+00:00 October 16, 2017|

On Wednesday, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Mr. Barry Myers (CEO, AccuWeather) to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Several other science and technology nominations and confirmations of interest to the ocean science community also occurred. Why It Matters- As our nation recovers from extreme weather events from coast to coast, the importance of NOAA to public safety cannot be understated.

Trump Taps AccuWeather CEO To Head NOAA, Breaking With Precedent Of Nominating Scientists

2017-11-30T15:50:46+00:00 October 12, 2017|

Barry Myers, the chief executive of the private weather forecasting company AccuWeather, is President Trump’s pick to run the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The appointment of Myers, a businessman and lawyer, breaks from the recent precedent of scientists leading the agency tasked with a large, complex and technically demanding portfolio.

Trump Taps AccuWeather CEO To Head NOAA

2017-11-30T15:53:30+00:00 October 12, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) NOAA Logo (Credit: NOAA) President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Barry Myers, the CEO of private weather company AccuWeather, to lead the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the country's foremost scientific agency for oceanic and climate research. (From EcoWatch / by Lorraine Chow) -- The White House praised Myers and his company for its [...]

White House Will Nominate AccuWeather’s Barry Myers To Lead NOAA

2017-11-30T15:53:56+00:00 October 12, 2017|

President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed Barry Myers as the next administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency whose budget the administration has proposed slashing for fiscal year 2018. (From EOS / By Randy Showstack) -- Myers, who is chief executive officer of AccuWeather, Inc., would be just the second nonscientist nominated to lead NOAA [...]

Trump Taps AccuWeather CEO To Head NOAA, Breaking With Precedent Of Nominating Scientists

2017-11-30T15:56:47+00:00 October 12, 2017|

(Click to Enlarge) NOAA's new weather satellite GOES-16 captures stunning high-resolution imagery that will aid weather system monitoring and forecasting. (Credit: NOAA) Barry Myers, the chief executive of the private weather forecasting company AccuWeather, is President Trump’s pick to run the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The appointment of Myers, a businessman and [...]

President and CEO RADM Jon White (Ret.): Myers Nominated to Join Gallaudet, Bringing Weather and Ocean Expertise to NOAA

2018-02-14T14:32:42+00:00 October 12, 2017|

In response to President Trump’s nomination of Mr. Barry Lee Myers to be Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, Department of Commerce and following on the heels of Rear Admiral (Ret.) Tim Gallaudet’s confirmation as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White, president and CEO of the Consortium [...]

National Security Briefing: Science & Technology To Prevent Ocean Crimes

2018-06-28T12:59:49+00:00 October 11, 2017|

(Credit: International Conservation Caucus Foundation) On October 3rd, the Oceans Caucus Foundation hosted the first in a series of briefings on National Security. This briefing, featuring speakers from the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), centered on the role of science and technology in preventing ocean [...]

What Scientists Are Learning About The Impact Of An Acidifying Ocean

2017-10-03T16:43:44+00:00 October 3, 2017|

The effects of ocean acidification on marine life have only become widely recognized in the past decade. Now researchers are rapidly expanding the scope of investigations into what falling pH means for ocean ecosystems. The ocean is becoming increasingly acidic as climate change accelerates and scientists are ramping up investigations into the impact on marine life and ecosystems. In just a few years, the young field of ocean acidification research has expanded rapidly – progressing from short-term experiments on single species to complex, long-term studies that encompass interactions across interdependent species.

Science: Predicting The Future, Saving Lives

2017-11-30T15:51:25+00:00 October 2, 2017|

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), the National​ ​Oceanic​ ​and​ ​Atmospheric​ ​Administration (NOAA) and partners, in conjunction with Senators Shelley Moore Capito (WV) and Bill Nelson (FL) hosted a briefing, “How Science Supports Flood Forecasting and Public Safety.”

Debate Continues Over Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization

2017-11-30T15:51:55+00:00 October 2, 2017|

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a hearing to address four federal fisheries management bills. Two would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA; PL 109-479) – the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act (H.R. 200) and the Strengthening Fishing Communities through Improving Science, Increasing Flexibility, and Modernizing Fisheries Management Act (a discussion draft that has not been introduced).

A #2 For NOAA?

2017-11-30T15:52:06+00:00 October 2, 2017|

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing to consider four presidential nominees subject to Senate confirmation, including Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet (Ret.) to be deputy administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Trump Sets Record With Delay In Nominating Administrator

2017-09-21T11:45:46+00:00 September 21, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) The U.S. Capital at night. (Credit: Will Ramos) It's official: Donald Trump has waited longer than any president in history to pick a NOAA administrator. Trump yesterday broke the record set by Republican President George W. Bush, who delayed his decision until Sept. 19, 2001, when he nominated former Navy Vice [...]

Trump Picks Scientist Who Accepts Warming For NOAA Role

2017-09-07T11:58:27+00:00 September 7, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) Global warming in the USA (Credit: Andrea Della Adriano/Flickr) There is something unusual about the Trump administration's appointment of NOAA's new deputy administrator: He believes climate change is real. Tim Gallaudet was nominated to be deputy administrator at NOAA last week. He will take the No. 2 slot at the agency [...]

At Drought Hearing, Senators Worry National Weather Service Funding Will Dry Up

2017-08-07T16:24:15+00:00 August 7, 2017|

Dry weather continues to be problematic for Western states, and climate change predictions indicate droughts will only worsen. The president’s budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 proposes funding cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by 16 percent – and the proposed four percent decrease to the agency’s National Weather Service would challenge the program. The National Weather Service plays a crucial role in understanding drought patterns, preparing communities for limited water availability, and helping scientists understand the changing climate. Stakeholders say forecasting research and technology innovations are key to future preparedness.

Senate Appropriators Find Science Funding Appropriate

2017-07-31T14:47:39+00:00 July 31, 2017|

On Thursday, the Senate Committee on Appropriations passed the $53.4 billion Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2018 (S.1662) bill in a 30-1 vote. “The committee has made difficult but responsible decisions to produce a bill that strikes a financial balance between the competing priorities of law enforcement, national security, scientific advancement, and economic development,” declared Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Richard Shelby (AL). In the Senate bill, the National Science Foundation (NSF) would be funded at $7.31 billion, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at $5.59 billion, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at $19.5 billion, representing cuts from FY 2017 of 2.2 percent, 1.5 percent, and 0.6 percent, respectively. The total reductions in the bill amount to $3.2 billion below the FY 2017 enacted level, but overall funding remains $4.4 billion above the president’s budget request.

Focus on Justice, Not Climate Science, In House Commerce, Justice, and Science Bill — Which Drastically Cuts NOAA Funding

2017-07-17T16:19:59+00:00 July 17, 2017|

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee passed their version of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which includes funding proposals for the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). During the full committee markup of the bill, which covers a vast array of other agencies and largely prioritizes law enforcement issues like terrorism, cybersecurity, espionage, the opioid epidemic, and border security, both subcommittee Chairman John Culberson (TX-7) and Ranking Member José Serrano (NY-15) expressed their appreciation for each other’s collaboration and friendship during the drafting of the bill, despite their dissimilar policy stances.

Earth Science Given “Low Priority” Status In House Appropriations Bill That Would Also Reduce NOAA Funding?

2017-07-05T14:04:46+00:00 July 5, 2017|

While President Trump proposed some of the most dramatic budget cuts in recent history, Congress ultimately has the responsibility of  appropriating funds. Last week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science marked up their Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 bill, which funds the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), [...]

A Month Into Hurricane Season, Charlie Crist Says Donald Trump Needs To Fill NOAA Post Now

2017-06-27T14:42:55+00:00 June 27, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) The U.S. Capital at night. (Credit: Will Ramos) Among the many positions in the federal government that have gone unfilled during the first five months of the Donald Trump administration is someone to lead the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). With hurricane season only about to get more intense in the coming [...]

Hurricane Season Starts Without Heads Of FEMA Or NOAA

2017-06-03T14:55:05+00:00 June 3, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) Atmospheric gravity waves are thought to relate to hurricane intensity. (Credit: NOAA) The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season officially started June 1. With the forecast for "above-normal" storm activity predicted, the two federal agencies most responsible for predicting weather and managing disasters face budget cuts and temporary bosses. In a statement on [...]

Atmospheric Waves Can Be Used To Detect Hurricane Intensity, Researchers Say

2017-05-22T08:22:46+00:00 May 22, 2017|

A new way to measure hurricane intensity from hundreds of miles away has been found radiating from the eyewall of powerful tropical systems. Direct observations taken by NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft and buoys in the Pacific Ocean have shown gravity waves may be an indicator of changes in hurricane strength, according to a new study from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) and the Hurricane Research Division of NOAA.

Barry Myers, AccuWeather Chief Executive, Emerges As Front-runner For NOAA’s Top Job

2017-05-15T15:33:00+00:00 May 15, 2017|

Nearly four months into his administration, President Trump has yet to name the next leader of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But several individuals in the weather community say Barry Myers, chief executive of AccuWeather in State College, Pa., is the leading candidate. (The Washington Post/ Jason Samenow) --- Myers, who holds business and [...]

5 Things The Weather-Climate Community Needs In The Next NOAA Administrator

2017-05-15T15:20:09+00:00 May 15, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) North Atlantic weather has been felt through seismic waves in Japan (Credit: NOAA) The Washington Post's Jason Samenow broke a story today that Barry Myers, chief executive of Accuweather, has emerged as the front-runner to be selected as the next Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Filling this position [...]

Congress’s March Madness

2017-03-27T15:43:27+00:00 March 27, 2017|

While the budget, health care, and Supreme Court hearings dominated the news this month, members of Congress were also busy introducing bills and passing the first science-related acts of the new year.

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