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Town Hall Honolulu. VADM Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., USN (Ret.) Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere NOAA Administrator February 21, 2006. NOAA’s Vision and Mission Leadership Changes Corporate NOAA Employee Information Updates NOAA Budget. Current Events

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town hall honolulu

Town HallHonolulu

VADM Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., USN (Ret.)Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere NOAA Administrator

February 21, 2006

menu slide
NOAA’s Vision and Mission

Leadership Changes

Corporate NOAA

Employee Information


NOAA Budget

Current Events

Hurricane Response

NOAA in the Media


Ocean Action Plan

Challenges / Opportunities

“One NOAA”

Menu Slide

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noaa s vision
NOAA’s Vision
  • An informed society that uses a comprehensive understanding of the role of the oceans, coasts and atmosphere in the global ecosystem to make the best social and economic decisions

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noaa s mission goals
NOAA’sMission & Goals
  • To understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment and to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet the Nation’s economic, social and environmental needs
  • Mission Goals:
    • Protect, restore, and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through an ecosystem approach to management
    • Understand climate variability and change to enhance society’s ability to plan and respond
    • Serve society’s needs for weather and water information
    • Support the Nation’s commerce with information for safe, efficient, and environmentally sound transportation
    • Provide critical support for NOAA’s mission

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noaa leadership changes
NOAA Leadership Changes

Organizational chart available at

  • Corporate Functions
    • Education—Louisa Koch
    • Legislative Affairs—Eric Webster
    • Military Affairs—CAPT (sel) R. Scott Steadley, USN
    • Decision Coordination Office & Program Coordination Office—Tim McClung
  • Operating Branches
    • OAR—Dr. Rick Spinrad
    • NOS—Jack Dunnigan
  • Program Goal Leads
    • Ecosystem—Steve Murawski (NMFS) (A)
    • Weather & Water—George Smith (NWS)
    • Commerce & Transportation—CAPT Steven Barnum (NMAO) (A)
  • Mission Support
    • Satellite Services—Gary Davis (NESDIS) (A)

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corporate noaa
Corporate NOAA

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corporate noaa1
Corporate NOAA

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employee information
Employee Information
  • Workforce Management
    • QuickHire – continuing to makeimprovements.
    • Contract expires Sept. 2006 – We are working with Department of Commerce to create the best Statement of Work to improve current system or purchase better system.

QuickHire Login Screen

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employee information pay banding demonstration project
Employee InformationPay Banding Demonstration Project
  • NOAA working with Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to expand participation under the guidelines used by the DOC Pay Banding Demonstration project
    • In order to make this demo project permanent, NOAA is seeking OPM’s approval to change from a demo project to an Alternate Personnel System
  • OPM has the next action
    • NOAA Workforce Management Staff meeting with OPM on January 26, 2006.
    • Pending positive meeting with OPM, NOAA’s Workforce Management Office will conduct the necessary management and employee briefings, including negotiating terms with our bargaining units

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employee information 5 level performance management system
Employee Information5-Level Performance Management System
  • Covered Employees: GS, Wage System, Wage Marines
  • Linking individual performance with NOAA goals
  • Performance Awards linked to achievement of NOAA goals
  • Rollout:
    • 11/05 – 03/06: union briefings, negotiations
    • 04/06 – 08/06: employee, managers training
    • 09/30/06: closeout of two-level system; five-level effective 10/01/06

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employee information noaa aviation safety
Employee Information NOAA Aviation Safety
  • November 29, 2004: Safety Stand-Down
  • July 1, 2005, Aviation Safety Policy, Executive Council approved
  • Full implementation required by October 1, 2006
    • Establishes a corporate NOAA Aviation Safety Board & Aviation Safety Program
    • Brings NOAA into compliance with 41 Code of Federal Regulation 102-33 Management of Government Aircraft
    • Provides for Aviation Safety Management
  • Interim Directive continuing “safety stand-down”

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noaa combined federal campaign
NOAA Combined Federal Campaign


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honolulu updates and information
Honolulu Updates and Information
  • Pacific Region Center Project
  • Weekly Emails
  • Office of Communications:Provide effective communications both within and outside of NOAA
    • Required notification to Hill is at OMB
    • Chief Administrative Office working necessary steps to make Communications Office a reality

Ford Island & Pearl Harbor

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noaa budget1
NOAA Budget

($ in Billions)

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noaa fy06 budget top 20 impacts
NOAA FY06BudgetTop 20 Impacts

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noaa fy06 budget successes
NOAA FY06 Budget Successes
  • NPOESS request funded 100% and increased funding for Operations Research and Facilities by $24.6M over request
  • Marine Operations and Services funded at $111.3M and increase of $11.5M over request including full year days at sea for HI’IALAKAI and OSCAR DYSON
  • Fully funds Tsunami Warning Network and includes earmarks for enhancing the program
  • $54.6M Emergency Supplemental Funds for Katrina and future hurricane related costs
  • Procurement Acquisition and Construction request fully funded including Supercomputing, NEXRAD, ASOS, AWIPS, WFO Construction
  • Includes $27M to construct joint NOAA/NASA facilities for the National Data Buoy Center

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one noaa vs budget year 2007
One NOAA vs. Budget Year 2007
  • Strength in numbers!
  • OR
    • NASA vs. NOAA


  • NSF vs. NOAA
  • In FY06….

NASA: $16.5B

NSF: $5.6B

NOAA: $3.9B

  • NASA vs. NWS
  • NASA vs. OAR
  • NASA vs. NOS
  • NASA vs. NMFS
  • NSF vs. NWS
  • NSF vs. OAR
  • NSF vs. NOS
  • NSF vs. NMFS
  • NSF vs. NESDIS

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hurricane response
Hurricane Response

Levee break

August 31, 2005 provided by NOAA

  • One NOAA response
    • Forecasts
    • Wetland assessment (satellites)
    • Citation flights – digital imagery
    • NRTs – NOAA Ships
    • Oil spill response
    • Environmental assessment cruises

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noaa in the media
NOAA in the Media

Max Mayfield

Robert Ricks

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2006 noaa heritage week
2006 NOAA Heritage Week
  • Treasures of NOAA’s Ark— Pioneers: People and Technology
  • Exhibit open March 4 – Sept. 4, 2006 at Nauticus in Norfolk, VA
  • Ideas for 2007 NOAA Heritage Week: [email protected]

For more information:

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noaa education
NOAA Education
  • NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Grants (new in 2005)
  • Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program (new in 2005)
    • 110 students coming this summer!
    • 2006 applications due out this spring!
  • Interagency Ocean Education Coordination (new in 2006)
  • Expand NOAA’s Authority for Education
    • NOAA Organic Act – build on education authorization in the 2006 appropriations bill

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geo moves forward working towards implementation
GEO Moves ForwardWorking Towards Implementation
  • Received approval for formal GEO organization and 10-year implementation plan
    • Held GEO-I in May 2005, and GEO-II in December 2005
      • New GEO Secretariat Director, Jose Achache
      • Agreed to 2006 Work Plan and adopted a budget
      • Formally created GEO Committees
      • GEONETCast as tangible near term project to implement GEOSS
      • United States announced intention to move GOES satellite to a position to help offset the lack of sounder data over South America

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ocean action plan progress
Ocean Action Plan Progress
  • Legislation Transmitted
    • NOAA Organic Act Establishing NOAA within DOC
    • National Offshore Aquaculture Legislation
    • Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act
  • Improved Governance
    • Improve Federal Coordination and Governance
    • Support Regional Partnerships
    • Support Marine Transportation
  • Earth Observations
    • Building an Integrated Ocean Observation System to support GEOSS

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ocean action plan next steps
Ocean Action Plan “Next Steps”
  • Reinforce Regional Partnerships
    • Gulf of Mexico Alliance
    • Northeast Regional Ocean Council
  • Align Federal Actions for Coastal Development and Management
  • Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping
  • Integrated Ocean Observing System

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noaa leadership
NOAA Leadership

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noaa opportunities
NOAA Opportunities
  • NOAA’s “Policy on Partnerships in the Provision of Environmental Information”
  • NOAA Transition of Research to Operations/Applications
  • Providing Clear and Easy Discovery of, and Access to, Data and Information Products
  • Incorporating the Capability to Measure Biological Data in Observing Systems including Data Policy and Management of Data
  • Sanctuary Designation of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

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noaa opportunities recapitalization
NOAA OpportunitiesRecapitalization
  • Operational Satellites
    • Geostationary Orbiting Environmental Satellites-R (GOES-R)
    • National Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS)
  • Fleet and Aircraft Modernization
  • Observing Infrastructure
    • Surface Observations
    • Ocean Observations
  • Facilities Construction and Maintenance
    • NOAA Satellite Operations Facility
    • National Weather Center Building-Norman, Oklahoma

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ses summit iii
SES Summit III
  • Highlights
    • Straight Talk
    • Stockdale Paradox
    • One NOAA

The Stockdale Paradox

Retain faith that you will prevail in the end

AND at the same time

Confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever that might be.

Admiral Jim Stockdale

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one noaa
  • NOAA’s mission is complex, involving biological, chemical, and physical issues—all intertwined.
  • Large-scale (regional to global) multidisciplinary studies are necessary to achieve understanding of our environment.
  • A collective NOAA is critical to completing our mission and solving the major environmental challenges that face our nation and planet.

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communication is key breaking the bubbles
Communication is KeyBreaking the Bubbles








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the future is bright
The Future Is Bright!
  • NOAA is:
    • An Effective, Successful Organization With World-wide Recognition
    • Composed of Talented, Experienced & Dedicated People
    • Critical to Meeting the Nation’s & the World’s Economic & Environmental Challenges
    • Organizationally Positioned to Provide Leadership
    • Where Science Gains Value
  • NOAA is All of Us Working Together With a Unified Vision & Consistent Message

Thank you for your service!

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got questions
Got Questions...?

[email protected]

For information on other NOAA activities:

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Backup Slides

VADM Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., USN (Ret.)Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere | NOAA Administrator