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  1. Town Hall Silver Spring VADM Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., USN (Ret.) Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere | NOAA Administrator March 16, 2005

  2. Update to Strategic Plan Employee Information New Leadership, Congress NOAA Business Model Budget Outlook NOAA Organizational Structure SES Summit Ocean Commission Report Global Earth Observing System of Systems—GEOSS NOAA In The Media NOAA Accomplishments Current Environment

  3. Update to NOAA’s 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 • NOAA’s 5-Year Research Plan—new in January 2005 • NOAA’s 20-Year Research Vision—new in January 2005

  4. NOAA’s Mission & Goals • To understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment 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

  5. Employee Information • Workforce Management • Out: Zane Schauer, WMO Director COOL • In: Eddie Ribas, WMO Director QuickHire New QuickHire Login Screen Out In

  6. Employee InformationGrants Online • Online & Operational • No-cost Award Action Requests being processed • Printing Problems have been fixed • Training • Refresher training for Grants Management Division on March 15 • Web-based training specific to different system users • SSMC3 computer lab to host Grants Online training lab • Telephone help-desk • On-going process for identifying and fixing problems • Legacy NOAA Grants System still in place to ensure grant processing while the bugs are worked out

  7. Employee InformationPay Banding Demonstration Project • NOAA working with the Department of Commerce to expand participation in the DOC Pay Banding Demonstration project • NOAA’s Workforce Management Office will conduct the necessary management and employee briefings, including negotiating terms with our bargaining units • This is in the early stages but expect to be able to provide you with an update soon

  8. Employee Information NOAA Aviation Safety • November 19, 2004: Safety Stand-down regarding use of non-NOAA aircraft • February 7, 2005:NAO distributed to Line Offices for review and comment • End of February 2005:NMAO received comments from circulation of draft NAO • March 16-18:NMAO hosting a facilitated workshop with representation from the Line Offices to resolve differences and redraft the NAO • March 22-April 8:NAO will be distributed for final comment • July 1, 2005:Policy deadline extended to allow further review of draft Policy • The Approved Safety Policy will require a transition period for full implementation

  9. Allocation and Modernization Plans • Allocation • Fleet Services held allocation training for Program Managers and Goal Leads • Platform allocation is more closely aligned with the PPBES process and out year planning • PPBES necessitates that goal teams set priorities for fleet which receives more platform requests than can be meet • Platform Modernization Plans • NMAO has developed ten year ship and aircraft modernization plans • These draft plans will be provided to the Hill in response to the FY 2005 Senate Appropriations mark request • They will also be used in the planning phase of the FY08-12 PPBES process

  10. Plaza Tile Update • Project Completed October 2004 • New floating concrete tiles rest on solid concrete • More durable, slip resistant, longer life • Corrected drainage problems • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony • On December 14, 2004

  11. East-West Crosswalk • Safety Comes First • Safety Classes Taught • Eye Contract With Drivers Essential • No NOAA Employee Injuries Since Early 2002 • Logistics Division Partnerships • Email site for Employee/Contractor Concerns • State Highway Administration • Yellow Flashing Lights and “Ped X-ing” Sign • Pedestrian Crossing Message Added To All Four Intersection Corners • No Plans For Signal Light • Signal Would Provide Few “Gaps” In Traffic

  12. Parking Issues • Broken Parking Meters • Temporary Outages • Logistics Division Actions • Notify County When Advised of Issues • Establish Email Address For Employee Concerns • Parking Structure SSMC 4 • Rising Rates Lead To Somewhat Decreasing NOAA Participation

  13. Employee InformationCombined Federal Campaign • 2004 Goal: $662,208 • Actual Contribution: $701,000

  14. Stakeholder Forum • 230 Stakeholders Attended: • Transportation (Marine, Air, Surface) • Fisheries • Weather • Marine Protected Areas • Education: North Carolina State Dept. of Math! • Federal & State Agencies: Library of Congress! Forest Service! • Academia/Research • Information Technology: Cray Computer! • Others: Walt Disney! Merrill Lynch! Audubon Society! Red Cross! • 59 Final Recommendations: • Distilled from hundreds of comments • Distributed across 7 breakout sessions

  15. Current Environment Impressions • New: Secretary Carlos Gutierrez • Committee highlights: • Retired: Ernest Hollings • Term Limited: Ted Stevens as Senate Appropriations Chair (still a member) • New: Thad Cochran—Senate Appropriations Chair • New: Richard Shelby (R) & Barbara Mikulski (D)—Appropriations Subcommittee Leaders • New: Jerry Lewis—House Appropriations Chair • New: Ted Stevens—Commerce Chair • New: Inouye—Commerce (co-chair) and Appropriations • Committee change: • NASA/NSF now part of Senate Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee

  16. Thinking Corporate NOAANOAA “Business” Model LEADERSHIP

  17. Thinking Corporate NOAAClimate—Existing Program Aligning to Model LEADERSHIP

  18. Thinking Corporate NOAACoasts, Estuaries & Oceans—New in FY07 LEADERSHIP

  19. Historical NOAA Budget Trends ($ in Billions)

  20. Budget Update Where We Rank For 2005* Agencies with the biggest increases over the President’s 2005 budget request... ...and those with the biggest cuts: *Federal Times, November 29, 2004

  21. NOAA Organizational Structure

  22. NOAA Organizational Structure

  23. 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 NOAA’s Corner

  24. 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 society’s increasingly complex needs • Partnering with other federal, state, local agencies advance domestic and international agendas–key opportunities on the horizon to work closely with DoE, DHS

  25. SES Summit IICommunication • 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

  26. Ocean Commission ReportAdministration’s Response to the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy

  27. Ocean Commission ReportExecutive Order: Establishment ofCommittee 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

  28. Ocean Action PlanKey Recommendations • Build a Global Earth Observation Network • include Integrated Ocean Observation • Work with Regional Fisheries Councils to promote greater use of market based system for fisheries management • Implement Coral Reef Local Action Strategies • Seek passage of NOAA Organic Act • Establishes NOAA within the Department of Commerce

  29. Earth Observation Summit III • February 16: Brussels, Belgium • Agreement on Implementation Plan and Resolution • Set up new GEO Structure and Secretariat • WMO offer to host • Near-term Opportunities Include: • Data Management System for Earth Observations • Improved Observations for Disaster Warnings • Global Land Observing System

  30. What is GEOSS?Global Earth Observing System of Systems End To End System

  31. What is GEOSS?Global Earth Observing System of Systems • GEOSS is a distributed system of systems built on current international cooperation efforts among existing Earth observing and processing systems • GEOSS is • Comprehensive—observations and products from all components • Coordinated—leverages contributing members resources • Sustained—by 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 worldwide—an end-to-end process

  32. Why GEOSS?Global Earth Observing System of Systems Terrestrial, Coastal & Marine Ecosystems Water Resources Energy Resources Natural & Human Induced Disasters Sustainable Agriculture & Desertification Human Health & Well-Being Biodiversity Climate Variability & Change Weather Information, Forecasting & Warning

  33. NOAA’s Role in GEOSS • NOAA: Where Science Creates Value • Earth observations… • Are at the core of NOAA’s 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 partnerships • Commitment to transform research into useful, operational information

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

  35. U.S. Plan For An Improved Tsunami Monitoring System • $37.5M over next 2 years • Enable enhanced monitoring, detection, warning & communications throughout • 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

  36. NOAA in the Media Tsunami Coverage/NOAA in the News VADM Lautenbacher | Fox News Eddie Bernard | Larry King Live Chip McCrery | Dateline

  37. NOAA in the Media • Director Of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center Presented With Emmy Award • Max Mayfield, director of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center Gutierrez at NHC

  38. NOAA Homeland Security Operations Support (HSOC)2005 Presidential Inauguration • Lead Federal Agency for Meteorological Support • Supplemental rawinsonde (Weather Balloon) mission • DCNET • HAZMAT Support

  39. Mission Successes National and international leadership in Earth observations Hurricane support wins Senate commendation, supplemental appropriation Rebuilding the Nation’s fisheries Development of the Integrated Ocean Observing System Fisheries regulatory process improvements NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards improves and expands 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 programs Goal Leads appointed Full Council structure established PA&E established Annual update of the Strategic Plan NOAA’s AccomplishmentsMission and Process

  40. 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 Blooms Homeland security support Reducing national uncertainty about climate change 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 cycles 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 NOAA’s AccomplishmentsMission and Process

  41. What You Should Take Away • 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!

  42. Got Questions...?

  43. Questions?

  44. NOAA ResearchCurrent Organization Chart

  45. NOAA ResearchProposed Organization Chart

  46. NOAA in the MediaTeacher at Sea Program • NOAA Teacher at Sea Children’s 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

  47. Mission Excellence… • Real Time Operational Surface Transportation Conditions Reporting System • Reduce the Aqua-/Mari-culture Trade Deficit by 50% • Operational Bio-detection Network in place • Plankton to Whales • Operational Phased Array NOAA/FAA Wx/ATC System • Operational Next Generation Trawling Gear Replacement

  48. Mission Excellence… • Completed Operational Ocean Observing System • Three Regional Ecosystem Management Pilots in place • 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

  49. 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

  50. 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