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CORE Board of Governors. Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.) Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere NOAA Administrator March 7, 2007. Today’s Agenda. Hill and the Budget Organic Act Question and Answers. Hill and the Budget FY 07 Continuing Resolution.

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COREBoard of Governors

Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere

NOAA Administrator

March 7, 2007


Today’s Agenda

  • Hill and the Budget

  • Organic Act

  • Question and Answers

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Hill and the Budget FY 07 Continuing Resolution

  • Joint Resolution 20 signed into law on February 15th, 2007

  • Funds the Federal government through September 30th, 2007

  • Joint Resolution provides NOAA with continued funding at the FY06 Enacted level ($3.9 billion)

    • Possible small upward adjustments to some items

  • FY 2007 spending plan is still under development

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Hill and the BudgetNOAA Funding TrendsIncluded House Marks & 2007 Senate Mark

($ in Billions)

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*In FY’03, the House did not report or pass an SJC appropriations bill. The House-Introduced bill total is used here.

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Hill and the BudgetFY 2008 Budget Context

  • NOAA Services Crucial to Our Nation’s Competitiveness

  • Increasing Need to Preserve Ocean and Coastal Resources

  • Severe Weather Impacting Our Economy and Public Safety

  • Understanding Climate Change to Manage Resources Better

  • NOAA Environmental Information Key to Millions of Decisions

  • Fiscal Environment Requires Careful Resource Decisions

Pfiesteria HAB in Lake Erie

Hurricane Frances—2004

Planting Oysters in Chesapeake Bay NERR

Sinking Oil Tanker (JESSICA)

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Hill and the BudgetFY 2008 Budget Highlights

  • Request of $3,815.4M is $131.3M or 3.4% above the FY 2007 President’s Budget

  • Request is $96.1M or 2.5% below the FY 2006 Enacted Level

  • Reflects the Administration’s Guidance on Discretionary Spending

  • Supports Core Mission Services

  • Includes $51.5M for Adjustments to Base and $79.9M in Program Increases

  • Supports President’s U.S. Ocean Action Plan

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Ocean Action PlanFY 2008 President Budget Increases over FY 2007

($ in Millions)

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NOAA’s Organic ActHistorical Perspective

  • Organic Acts establish a statutory basis of an agency or office within the government: priorities, mission & functions

  • Provide basic authorities to conduct activities needed to meet an agency‘s mission

  • NOAA was created by President Nixon in 1970 by Reorganization Plan No. 4

  • Formed from existing bureaus grouped together

  • Since then:

    • NOAA has accumulated diverse responsibilities and hundreds of separate legislative authorities

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NOAA’s Organic ActRationale

  • Time is right to advance from an outdated Reorganization Plan to a 21st century agency that:

  • Can meet today’s needs and plan for the future

  • U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and others, recognize the needs for NOAA to be strengthened and have an organic act

    • The Commission’s report: An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century, recommends immediate Congressional action on an organic act to enhance NOAA’s ability to conduct operations “consistent with the principles of ecosystem-based management and with its primary functions.”

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NOAA’s Organic ActLegislative Implications/language

  • The Administration’s proposed NOAA Organic Act:

  • Establishes NOAA within the Department of Commerce

  • Sets primary purposes & functions along current NOAA Mission Statements

  • Provides authorities such as:

    • Authority to operate through partnerships and enter into agreements with non-Federal entities to facilitate cooperative conservation and research activities.

    • Authority to conduct education and outreach activities for all NOAA programs and not just a few specifically authorized programs including Sea Grant, National Marine Sanctuary Program, and Coral Reef Conservation Program.

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NOAA’s Organic ActLegislative History

  • Congress has examined NOAA Organic Acts for 20 years – not much success

    • Competitive Jurisdiction has been focused on “wet vs. dry”

  • Administration sent Organic Act legislation to 108th Congress

  • House Science introduced own version in 108th Congress

  • House Science re-introduced Bill to 109th Congress

    • Passed the House, but did not include fisheries & resource management issues under jurisdiction of House Resources

    • Senate did not take action

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NOAA’s Organic ActAdministration vs. Congress

  • Administration’s Bill

  • Simply lays out general mission and authorities for NOAA, provides flexibility to Agency as needed

  • House Science Bill

  • More representative of an authorization bill, it re-structures NOAA into 3 categories:

    • Resource Management

    • Research and Education

    • Operations and Services

  • This Bill does not allow sufficient flexibility to make those organizational and programmatic changes that may be needed to meet future developments and challenges

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NOAA’s Organic ActWhere are we today?

  • Administration plans to re-submit the 2004 version of the NOAA Organic Act to the 110th Congress

  • Congressman Sam Farr introduced Oceans-21 Bill (HR-21), January 4. This bill included the House Science’s last version of the NOAA Organic Act

    • Co-sponsors of Oceans-21: Reps Allen, Gilchrest and Saxton

    • Senate Staff seems interested in the NOAA Organic Act

Sam Farr—CA

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Questions?


Back up Slides


Ocean Action PlanFY 2008 President Budget Increases over FY 2007

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Hill and the BudgetNOAA Funding Trends2007 Constant Dollars

($ in Billions)

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