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“The bill before us today will help us reclaim superior weather prediction and forecasting capabilities.  Our citizens deserve this” said Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) at last week’s markup of H.R. 1561, “The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2015.” 

Lucas made his comments during a thirty minute session of the full House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.  The bill was passed by a bipartisan voice vote with no apparent opposition.

31 Mar 2015

“Weather forecasting is so vital and the work that you're doing in ocean mapping and exploration is absolutely essential. And we'll do our very best to protect you” said House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson (R-TX) at the start of last week’s hearing on the FY 2016 request for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

26 Mar 2015

House and Senate appropriators have held important hearings in the last two weeks on the FY 2016 budget request for the Department of Commerce.  Among the topics discussed at these hearings were the weather satellite program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and manufacturing programs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

10 Mar 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.

19 Feb 2015

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. 

16 Dec 2014

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 Apr 2001

"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)

9 Nov 2006

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).

9 Jul 2010

The May 21 meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) featured discussions ranging from oceans to energy, and touched on several pending PCAST reports.

2 Jun 2010

On January 20, Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN)  gaveled the first hearing of the House Committee on Science and Technology of  2010 into session, beginning what will be a legacy effort to reauthorize the  America COMPETES Act (see FYI #84) set to expire at  the end of this fiscal year.

Gordon provided an overview of the committee’s work in 2010 saying:

28 Jan 2010

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