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National Weather Service 4 th Quarter Review 2001. Draft December 6, 2001. Action Items. Milestones and Accomplishments. 90% of Milestones Completed Completed 109 of 120 Milestones. Milestones and Accomplishments. Significant Milestones Completed Deliver Better Products and Services

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National Weather Service4th Quarter Review 2001

Draft

December 6, 2001


Action Items


Milestones and Accomplishments

  • 90% of Milestones Completed

  • Completed 109 of 120 Milestones


Milestones and Accomplishments

  • Significant Milestones Completed

  • Deliver Better Products and Services

    • Extend public weather forecasts from five to seven days (1st Quarter)

    • Implement graphical 96-hour wave period and dominant wave direction forecast (2nd Quarter)

    • Establish “TsunamiReady” Program (3rd Quarter)

    • Implement 24 hour operation of the Aviation Weather Center’s Collaborative Convective Forecast Product (3rd Quarter)

    • Develop implementation plan to install 7 buoys in Alaska per Congressional direction (3rd Quarter)


Milestones and Accomplishments

  • Significant Milestones Completed

  • Deliver Better Products and Services

    • Implement procedures to improve NWS fire weather incident response system (3rd Quarter)

    • Complete assessment of FY 2000 fire weather services (2nd Quarter)

    • Issue daily 6-10 day and week 2 probabilistic outlooks (1st Quarter)

    • Award contract to improve NWR voice transmission (4th Quarter) (OST)

    • Complete installation of backup site for the AWIPS Master Ground Station (4th Quarter) (OST)

    • Award contract for a permanent S-band Doppler Radar at Evansville, IN (4th Quarter)

    • Generate operational probabilistic flood forecast maps for Juniata River near Lewiston, PA to serve as prototype for national AHPS implementation (4th Quarter)


Milestones and Accomplishments

  • Significant Milestones Completed

  • Capitalize on Scientific and Technological Advances

    • Establish Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (2nd Quarter)

    • Begin Design and coding of AWIPS 5.2 Software (3rd Quarter)

    • Improve resolution of the global climate model’s from 300 kilometers to 200 kilometers (4th Quarter)

    • Complete study of the January 2000 East Coast snow storm (2nd Quarter)

    • Incorporate moisture data from NOAA’s 15 Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit into the data assimilation and forecast models (4th Quarter)


Milestones and Accomplishments

  • Significant Milestones Completed

  • Exercise Global Leadership

    • Establish new river and flood forecast centers in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua (4th Quarter)

    • Install EMWIN receivers in Chuuk, Yap, and Palau (2nd Quarter)

    • Host 4 visiting Chinese scientists in the Office of Science and Technology (2nd Quarter)

    • Establish and conduct the first training course for international and domestic commercial pilots and air traffic controllers for volcanic ash avoidance (3rd Quarter)

    • Host 20 meteorologists from Latin America, Africa, and Pacific Islands NWS International Training Desks at NCEP and Pacific Region Headquarters (4th Quarter)


Milestones and Accomplishments

  • Significant Milestones Completed

  • Change the NWS Organizational Culture

    • Implement new web-based numerical weather prediction training (2nd Quarter)

    • Recruit 4 students for the High School/High Tech and the Workforce Recruitment Program (3rd Quarter)

    • Participate in the NOAA Graduate Science Program (2nd Quarter)

    • Develop an exit survey as a means of gathering information on how to make the NWS a better place to work (3rd Quarter)


Milestones and Accomplishments

  • Significant Milestones Completed

  • Manage NWS Resources

    • Develop the new NWS Financial Management System (3rd Quarter)

    • Complete installation of Phase II of the IBM Supercomputer (1st Quarter)

    • Complete plan to implement cost accounting in all regions (4th Quarter)

    • Issue request for proposals for new Central Computer System (4th Quarter)


Milestones and Accomplishments

Milestones Not Completed


Milestones and Accomplishments

Milestones Not Completed


Milestones and Accomplishments

  • Forecasting

    • Provided Advanced Lead Time for Tornados

      • WFOs Provide Accurate Warnings for Record Number of Tornados

      • Siren, Wisconsin Tornado

    • Provided Support and Forecasts for Florida Drought/Fires

    • Issued Updated 2001 Hurricane Outlook

    • Forecasted Tropical Storm Allison


Milestones and Accomplishments

  • Organizational/Programmatic

    • NWS Receives Straight A’s

    • Provided Weather Support in Aftermath of September 11th Attacks

    • Joint NWS and Coast Guard NOAA Weather Radio Expansion

  • Products

    • Lighting Public Awareness Campaign Launched: “Lightning Kills, Play it Safe”


Resources--Budget

  • FY 2001 Obligations

  • (Dollars in Thousands)

ORF

PAC


Resources--FTEs

  • FY 2001 FTE Utilization


Resources—Workforce Demographics


Resources--Infrastructure

  • Identified 162 Critical Infrastructure Resources

  • Vulnerability Assessments(91% Completed)

    • 144 Completed

    • 3 Declined for audit by NOAA (AWIPS Connected)

    • 15 Were Scheduled by NOAA via NSA for Review

    • NSA workload hindering scheduling efforts;

    • NWS OCIO reviewing alternatives in cooperation with NOAA

      • outsourcing

      • in-house teams

  • Contingency/ Disaster Recovery Plan(All Exist)

    • 140 Reviewed for compliance, corrective actions identified

    • 22 Scheduled for review FY02


  • Congressional, GAO, and OIG Reports

    • Congressional Reports

      • Cooperative Observers Network

    • GAO Reports

      • USAID

      • U.S. Assistance to Micronesia and Marshall Islands

    • OIG Reports

      • WFO Reports

      • NWS Weather Observer Program

      • National Data Buoy Center

      • NOAA Weather Radio


    EEO, MSI, Diversity Accomplishments

    EEO Accomplishments

    • Converted 3 Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) positions to permanent positions (1st Quarter)

    • Provided Special NOAA Weather Radios to Deaf Families (2nd Quarter)

    • NWS employees participated in 2002 Workforce Recruitment Program (4th Quarter)

    • 1st Native Alaskan promoted to Meteorological Technician (3rd Quarter)

      Minority Serving Institutions (MSI)

    • 2MSI Faculty Members Appointed to NOAA Faculty Research Program (4th Quarter)

    • 8 MSI Scholarship Students visit NWS Headquarters (4th Quarter)

      Diversity Accomplishments

    • Began Weekly Publishing of NWS Focus (2nd Quarter)

    • OHD begins Telecommuting Program Pilot (3rd Quarter)

    • WFO Midland Expands local BLAST Initiative (4th Quarter)

    • Aviation Weather Center Begins Trial Shift-Evaluation Program (4th Quarter)


    Class I

    Class II

    Class III

    Health & Safety

    Open NWS Environmental / SafetyAudit Findings – 4th Quarter FY 2001

    10

    1

    34

    25

    10

    1

    0


    Upcoming Activities

    • Alaska Region, Coast Guard to Sign MOA

    • Host 34th Session of ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee and Workshop on Development of a Unified Northwest Pacific (NWPAC) Best-Track Tropical Cyclone Data Set

    • National Academy Committee of Public-Private Partnerships Meeting in Washington, D.C.

    • Implementation of 12 km Eta scheduled for November 27, 2001

    • NOAA, NWS Praised for Hurricane Michelle Forecast Accuracy

    • Eastern Region Conducts MIC/HIC Workshop focused on Customer Service

    • Establishment of additional “TsunamiReady” Communities


    Management Issues


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