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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.

12 Mar 2010

Important efforts are underway in the House of Representatives to demonstrate Member support for the DOE Office of Science and the National Science Foundation.  Constituent expressions of interest will be important to the success of these efforts.

“Dear Colleague” letters are a time-tested method for representatives and senators to show their support for a federal program or pending legislation.  Two “Dear colleagues” are circulating among representatives requesting signatures on letters that will be sent to key appropriators.

28 Jan 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:

7 Nov 2011

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NASA’s  successful launch of a next generation Earth-observing satellite late last  month is a significant milestone in a program to replace America’s aging system  of weather satellites.  But there are  major problems that continue to face this program that were discussed at a  joint hearing by two subcommittees of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee  earlier this fall.

30 Jun 2011

The  House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a divisive hearing recently  to examine the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) proposal  to create a Climate Service. Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX) opened the hearing by  noting his “irritation” with the lead witness, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco,  whose written testimony was delivered to the Committee late. Said Hall, “The Committee invited NOAA more than three  weeks ago. It is truly appalling that this testimony was 26 hours late and is  27 pages.”

6 Nov 2012

The House Committee on Science Space and Technology’s  Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight held a September 12 hearing to examine  unauthorized reprograming of funding within the National Weather Service (NWS).  A 2011 National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration (NOAA) report and a 2012 joint NOAA and Department of Commerce (DOC)  report provided the basis for memos issued by NOAA and DOC.  These memos provided details about the  transfer of NWS funds without Congressional authorization or notification.  This led to NOAA and DOC investigations which  culminated in a May 11 inv

20 Jul 2012

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee  on Investigations and Oversight and the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held  a joint hearing on June 27 to examine the costs and performance capabilities of  the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) and the Geostationary Observational  Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R). 

A hearing charter, prepared by the Republican committee staff, provided  background information about the satellite program:

26 Jun 2014

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on June 10 to discuss the potential benefits of earthquake early warning systems.  Representatives heard from witnesses about warning systems used in other countries including Japan, Mexico, Romania and Mongolia and discussed the cost benefits of developing a national warning system for the United States. 

12 Jun 2014

The Senate Appropriations Committee released its report on Tuesday accompanying the FY 2015 Commerce Justice, Science Appropriations Bill.  Report 113-181 provides the appropriators’ recommendations regarding the agencies funded by S. 2437.  The House Appropriations Committee developed its own version of this funding legislation in early May.