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Title: Town Hall

Town Hall
  • VADM Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., USN (Ret.)
  • Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and
    Atmosphere NOAA Administrator
  • January 27, 2004

Current Environment
  • Update to Strategic Plan
  • Employee Information
  • Research Review Team Outcomes
  • New Leadership, Congress
  • NOAA Business Model
  • Budget Outlook
  • NOAA Organizational Structure
  • SES Summit
  • Ocean Commission Report
  • Global Earth Observing System of SystemsGEOSS
  • NOAA In The Media
  • NOAA Accomplishments

Update to NOAAs Strategic Plan
  • 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
  • NOAAs 5-Year Research Plannew in January 2005
  • NOAAs 20-Year Research Visionnew in January 2005

NOAAs Mission Goals
  • To understand and predict changes in the Earths
    environment and manage coastal and marine
    resources to meet the Nations 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 societys ability to plan and respond
  • Serve societys needs for weather and water
  • Support the Nations commerce with information
    for safe, efficient, and environmentally sound
  • Provide critical support for NOAAs mission

Employee Information
  • NOAA Research Review
  • Boulder Lab Consolidation
  • OAR HQ Consolidation
  • DOC-Boulder Campus Governance
  • SEC Move from OAR to NWS
  • Effective December 2004
  • Research to Operations success story
  • MASC
  • Security Fence
  • Rent

Combined Federal Campaign
  • 2004 Goal 115,500
  • Actual Contribution 123,405

Employee Information
  • Workforce Management
  • Out Zane Schauer, WMO Director COOL
  • In Eddie Ribas, WMO Director QuickHire

New QuickHire Login Screen
Current Environment Impressions
  • In Secretary Designate Carlos Gutierrez
  • In Kenneth Salazar
  • Out Ernest Hollings, Ben Nighthorse-Campbell
  • Committee highlights
  • Out Ted Stevens- Senate Appropriations Chair
  • In Thad Cochran- Senate Appropriations Chair
  • In Jerry Lewis- House Appropriations Chair
  • In Ted Stevens- Commerce Chair
  • In Inouye, Ranking member Appropriations and

Thinking Corporate NOAANOAA Business Model
Thinking Corporate NOAAClimateExisting Program
Aligning to Model
Thinking Corporate NOAACoasts, Estuaries
OceansNew in FY07
Budget UpdateTrends
Budget Update Where We Rank For 2005
Agencies with the biggest increases over the
Presidents 2005 budget request...
...and those with the biggest cuts
Agency Increases
Veterans Affairs 1.2B
Army Corps of Engineers 585M
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 567M
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 336M
Agency Cuts
Education/local education 500M
Federal Aviation Administration 335M
Energy Departments Yucca Mountain Project 303M
Environmental Protection Agency 275M
National Science Foundation 105M
Energy Departments Biological Environmental Research Program 69.5M
Federal Times, November 29, 2004
NOAA Organizational Structure
NOAA Organizational Structure
SES Summit IIHighlights
  • Transparency of Mission
  • Improved Internal Practices
  • NOAA Management actively listens to employees,
    incorporates feedback into practices
  • Employees understand endorse the mission
    ensures long-term care feeding of NOAA
  • Improved External Practices
  • External partners have stake in the outcome and
    drive internal administrative requirements
  • Enhance connections to constituents to ensure we
    are giving our customers what they want
  • Buy-in from community/stakeholders puts Average
    Joe in NOAAs Corner

SES Summit IIIntegration Moving Forward Under
Fiscal Restraint
  • Re-purpose existing systems and capitalize on new
    developments, technologies, external partners
  • Linkages between programs facilitate economic
    scientific efficiencies
  • NOAA products and services integrate and meet
    societys increasingly complex needs
  • Partnering with other federal, state, local
    agencies advance domestic and international
    agendaskey opportunities on the horizon to work
    closely with DoE, DHS

SES Summit II Communication
  • How well we talk to each other is a key barometer
    of how well NOAA is functioning.
  • Effective Managers know what to put into the
    hands of employees so there can then be clarity
    at all levels

Ocean Commission ReportAdministrations Response
to the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy
Ocean Commission Report Executive Order
Establishment of Committee on Ocean Policy
  • Chaired by chairman of the White House Council on
    Environmental Quality
  • Cabinet level membership
  • Will advise President and heads of agencies on
    policies concerning ocean-related matters
  • Responsibilities
  • Ocean science and technology
  • Ocean literacy and education
  • Ocean resource management

Ocean Commission ReportLand/sea interface
implications within U.S. Ocean Action Plan
  • Integrated Mapping
  • Seamless topographic bathymetric charting
  • GIS Capabilities
  • Management of Coastal Zone
  • Storm Surge Products
  • River Flow Climatology
  • Multi-modal Transportation
  • Optimizing various NOAA Products for one customer
  • Weather Forecasting
  • Observing Network commended in Ocean Commission

What is GEOSS?Global Earth Observing System of
  • GEOSS is a distributed system of systems built on
    current international cooperation efforts among
    existing Earth observing and processing systems
  • GEOSS is
  • Comprehensiveobservations and products from all
  • Coordinatedleverages contributing members
  • Sustainedby will and capacity of all members
  • GEOSS enables the collection and distribution of
    accurate, reliable Earth Observation data,
    information, products, and services to both
    suppliers and consumers worldwidean end-to-end

Why GEOSS?Global Earth Observing System of
  • GEOSSGlobal System To Meet Societal Needs
  • Interdisciplinary focus
  • Identifies gaps in our global capacity
  • An integrated international system using remote
    sensing in situ systems
  • Facilitates exchange of data and information
  • Foundation for sound decision-making global,
    regional, local level
  • Social, Economic, Science Concerns
  • More than half the worlds population lives
    within 60 km of the shoreline
  • Could rise to 3/4 by the year 2020
  • More than 90 of natural disaster-related deaths
    occur in developing countries
  • 25 of Earths biological productivity an
    estimated 80-90 of global commercial fish catch
    is concentrated in coastal zones
  • Worldwide agricultural benefits of better El Niño
    forecasts are conservatively estimated at

GEOSS Benefits Focus
  • NOAA Where Science Creates Value
  • Earth observations
  • Are at the core of NOAAs mission
  • Support virtually every activity we perform
  • NOAA has
  • Observing capabilities being advanced through
    scientific and technological research
  • A broad scope of domestic and international
  • Commitment to transform research into useful,
    operational information

Pacific Tsunami Warning System
  • Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific (ICG/ITSU)
    was established in 1968 and presently has 26
    member states.

U.S. Plan For An Improved Tsunami Monitoring
  • 37.5M over next 2 years
  • Enable enhanced monitoring, detection, warning
    communications throughout
  • 32 advanced technology DART buoys
  • Nearly 100 coverage for U.S. coastal tsunami
  • Expanded monitoring capability throughout Pacific
    Caribbean basins
  • Part of future global observation global
    tsunami warning systems

NOAA in the Media
  • Director Of NOAAs National Hurricane Center
    Presented With Emmy Award
  • Max Mayfield, director of NOAAs National
    Hurricane Center

NOAA in the Media Tsunami Coverage/NOAA in the
VADM Lautenbacher Fox News
Chip McCrery Dateline
Eddie Bernard Larry King Live
NOAA in the MediaBoulder
  • Susan Solomon
  • 2004 Blue Planet Prize
  • A.R. Ravishankara (Ravi)
  • American Chemical Society Award
  • Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 2004
  • 8 AL scientists 3 ETL colleagues
  • Group Silver Medal
  • ETLs James Churnside NESDIS William G. Pichel
  • Group Silver Medal
  • CMDLs Bryan J. Johnson Samuel J. Oltmans
  • NASA Group Achievement Award
  • FSLs Greg Pratt, Dennis Rodgers, Jim Frimel,
    Lisa Gifford, Young Chun
  • Aviation Meteorology Award

Susan Solomon
A.R. Ravishankara
NOAAs AccomplishmentsMission and Process
  • Mission Successes
  • National and international leadership in Earth
  • Hurricane support wins Senate commendation,
    supplemental appropriation
  • Rebuilding the Nations fisheries
  • Development of the Integrated Ocean Observing
  • Fisheries regulatory process improvements
  • NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards improves and
  • Coral reef initiative
  • NOAA fleet modernization and growth
  • Organizational Successes
  • Program review conducted
  • NEC and NEP established
  • Program structure comprehensively covering all
    NOAA resources established with 14 matrix
  • Goal Leads appointed
  • Full Council structure established
  • PAE established
  • Annual update of the Strategic Plan

NOAAs AccomplishmentsMission and Process
  • Mission Successes
  • 777 U.S. COSPAS-SARSAT saves since 2001
  • Sea turtle conservation
  • Operational air quality forecasts in Northeast
    United States
  • Early Warning System for Florida Harmful Algal
  • Homeland security support
  • Reducing national uncertainty about climate
  • Teacher at Sea Program expands into air
  • Next Generation Radar (NEXRAD) Level II Radar
    Data Available in Real Time
  • Organizational Successes
  • Line Office Strategic Plans in alignment with
    NOAA Strategic Plan
  • Councils produce multi-year strategic plans
  • Full PPBES cycle for FY06-11
  • Annual Operating Plans for all matrix programs
  • Monthly and quarterly execution reporting
  • Comprehensive review of administrative functions
    business process re-engineering initiated
  • Grants on-line implementation

What You Should Take Away
  • The Bright!!!
  • NOAA is
  • An Effective, Successful Organization With
    World-wide Recognition
  • Composed of Talented, Experienced Dedicated
  • Critical to Meeting the Nations the Worlds
    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!
Backup Material
NOAA ResearchCurrent Organization Chart
NOAA ResearchProposed Organization Chart
SES Summit IIEmpower Creativity From All Levels
Earth Observation Summit Success
  • Earth Observation Summit I II
  • 53 Countries EC 33 International
    Organizations represented
  • Assigned the LandSat Mission in FY05
  • Ocean Observations
  • Earth Observation Summit III
  • 55 Countries EC 33 International
    Organizations currently represented
  • Agreement on Implementation Plan Resolution
  • Set up new GEO Structure Secretariat
  • GEO-6
  • Complete Implementation Plan

NOAA in the MediaTeacher at Sea Program
  • NOAA Teacher at Sea Childrens Book
  • To be published early in 2005
  • Authors
  • NOAA Teacher at Sea Mary Cook
  • 8th grade Earth Science teacher at Southside
    Middle School in Batesville, Arkansas
  • Dr. Diane Stanitski
  • TAS alumni now working for the NOAA Office of
    Climate Observation
  • Chief Boatswain Bruce Cowden

Mission Excellence
  • Real Time Operational Surface Transportation
    Conditions Reporting System
  • Reduce the Aqua-/Mari-culture Trade Deficit by
  • Operational Bio-detection Network in place
  • Plankton to Whales
  • Operational Phased Array NOAA/FAA Wx/ATC System
  • Operational Next Generation Trawling Gear

Mission Excellence
  • Completed Operational Ocean Observing System
  • Three Regional Ecosystem Management Pilots in
  • First Ecosystem Based Fishery Management Plan
  • Operational Climate Monitoring System
  • Carbon, Climate Reference Network
  • Reduce Charting Backlog by 50
  • One Hour Lead Time for Tornado Forecasts

Mission Excellence
  • Real Hurricane Intensity Forecasting Improvement
  • Nationwide Operational Air Quality Network
  • Operational National Drought Monitoring System
  • Operational UAV, UUV Support Fleet
  • Assimilation of NASA NSF Research into
    Operational Satellites
  • GOES-R First Operational Integrated Environmental
    Monitoring Satellite System

Mission Excellence
  • NOAA Ownership and Operation of the U.S. Earth
    Observing Satellites
  • Including LANDSAT
  • Operational National Water Quality Network
  • Non-Point Source Reduction
  • Recognized Leadership in Earth Systems Modeling
  • Fishery Capacity Equal to Sustainable Wild
    Harvest Levels

Thinking Corporate NOAANOAA Business Model