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  1. Town Hall HCHB VADM Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., USN (Ret.) Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere | NOAA Administrator March 15, 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 https://jobs1.quickhire.com/scripts/doc.exe 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. HCHB Renovation Project OverviewPhasing Diagram

  9. HCHB Project OverviewTimeline Four-phase, Nine-year Modernization Requires 311,000 RSF of Leased Swing Space in One or More Buildings

  10. DOC/HCHB Emergency Response TeamEmergency Operations Plan • To be kicked off within months • Concerted effort by DOC Office of Security to provide a more robust response system in cases of emergency that affect this building • Concept of operations has been laid out to provide improved coordination and optimum safety for employees: • ERT Leaders Primary Assistants ERT Members • ERT leaders in the NOAA segment of HCHB include: • Deborah Jefferson (DOC HR) floor 5 south end - USEC offices • George White (DUS Office) floor 6 south end - USEC and CFO offices • Mary Pleffner (EDA) floor 7 south end - GC • Richard Weible (ITA) floor 7 center section - GC

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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Thinking Corporate NOAANOAA “Business” Model LEADERSHIP

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

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

  17. Historical NOAA Budget Trends ($ in Billions)

  18. 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

  19. NOAA Organizational Structure

  20. NOAA Organizational Structure

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

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

  33. 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

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

  35. 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

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

  37. 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

  38. 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 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 NOAA’s AccomplishmentsMission and Process

  39. 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!

  40. Got Questions...? AskTheBoss@noaa.gov

  41. Backup Material

  42. NOAA ResearchCurrent Organization Chart

  43. NOAA ResearchProposed Organization Chart

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. FY04 Management Accomplishments • Issued Strategic Plan for an Global Earth Observing System • Began Critical Fisheries Survey Vessel Modernization • Issued 5 Year Research Plan and 20 Year Research Vision for NOAA • Realigned Administrative Support Services • Began Grants On-Line. Improved timely grant issuance by 12% • Earned Unqualified Audit Opinion for 6th Year in a Row • Updated NOAA Strategic Plan and Improved Internal Planning

  50. Totals $3,585.8M, an increase of $242.5M or 7.3% above FY06 Current Program 6% or $205M above the FY05 President’s Request 9.2% or $333M decrease from the FY 05 Enacted Provides $53.1 million for Inflationary Costs, Including the 2.3% Pay Raise Fully Funds Planned Satellite Increases for NPOESS and GOES R Funds Fisheries Survey Vessel #4 Invests in Ecosystems Based Fisheries Management Funds Expanded Tsunami Warning Network Expands Climate Observations and Services Improves NOAA Corporate Management and Administration FY 2006 Budget Highlights