FoNOAA Concerned by President’s NOAA Relocation Plan

Since 2005, Friends of NOAA has worked to support NOAA’s interdependent science, service, and stewardship missions, and we are concerned about the proposed reorganization’s short- and long- term impacts on NOAA’s ability to execute core, Congressionally-mandated missions. It is essential that NOAA’s home in the federal government ensures that the agency is best able to fulfill critical requirements to save lives and property and conserve our ocean, coasts, and fisheries…

2012-01-18 FoNOAA Statement re- NOAA Relocation

Friends of NOAA Speak Out on NOAA Relocation Proposal

2/7/12: NOAA grapples with uncertainty over Obama reorganization plan (Government Executive)

1/22/12: NOAA’s proposed move raises questions about its role (Washington Post)

1/17/12: Proposed NOAA move to Interior facing opposition (Washington Post Capital Weather Gang)

1/17/12: Obama’s reorganization plans earn early criticism (Washington Post Federal Eye)

1/14/12: White House Seeks to Merge Agencies (Wall Street Journal)

1/13/12: Obama’s Reorganization Plan Could Erode NOAA’s Capabilities (NRDC)

Senators Support Increasing NOAA Budget in FY2011 and Beyond

Our oceans and coasts are sources of great economic and environmental wealth for the nation. The ocean and coastal economies of the United States produce over 50 million jobs for Americans and contribute nearly 60 percent of our Gross Domestic Product. Over one-third of our nation’s economy is sensitive to weather and climate. the strength of our “Blue Economy” depends on the health of our oceans and coasts, the communities they support, and strong federal leadership to conserve and manage these resources…

FY11 2009-08-10 Letter Senate CST OAFCG to DOC, OMB re- FY11 Budget

FoNOAA Endorses Nomination of Dr. Jane Lubchenco as NOAA Administrator

On behalf of the Friends of NOAA Coalition, we the undersigned strongly endorse President Obama’s nomination of Dr. Jane Lubchenco as the new Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). We hope the Committee and Senate are able to act expeditiously on Dr. Lubchenco’s appointment…

2009-02-11 FoNOAA to Senate CST re- Lubchenco endorsement

FoNOAA Supports Stimulus Funding for NOAA Programs

On behalf of the Friends of NOAA Coalition, we the undersigned are writing to express our thanks to the House and Senate for recognizing the important contributions National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs make to the economy and convey our strong support for funding provided for NOAA in H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The programs and activities proposed in the House and Senate bills, including investments in critical infrastructure and habitat restoration, would generate direct economic benefits while also enhancing the agency’s capacity to provide essential information for decision makers to better manage the ocean and understand climate-related changes in an increasingly stressed environment…

2009-02-11 FoNOAA to Conferees re- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

FoNOAA Supports Omnibus Public Lands Bill, Including Five Ocean Bills

The undersigned members representing the ocean research, education, Earth observations and conservation communities, and commercial enterprises would like to thank you for your continuing strong support of ocean science, Earth observation systems, and conservation in the U.S. House of Representatives. We encourage you to bring to the floor for consideration S. 22–The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. S. 22 contains five landmark ocean bills: The Ocean Exploration and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Undersea Research Program Act; The Ocean and Coastal Mapping Integration Act; The Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act; The Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act; and The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program…

2009-02-09 FoNOAA to House Leadership re- Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009

FoNOAA Urges Senate Leadership to Pass Omnibus Bill, Including Six Ocean Bills

The undersigned members of the ocean and coastal research, education, and conservation community would like to thank you for your strong support of ocean and coastal science and conservation in the U.S. Senate. We strongly support the important ocean and coastal related bills included in S. 3297 – Hydrographic Services Improvement Act, Ocean Exploration and NOAA Undersea Research Program Act, Ocean and Coastal Mapping Integration Act, Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act, Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act, and National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act. We collectively urge the Senate to remain diligent in its efforts to seek passage ofthese much needed improvements in ocean policy at the earliest available opportunity.

2008-09-11 FoNOAA to Senate Leadership re- Advancing America’s Priorities Act

FoNOAA Supports NOAA Education and Science in America COMPETES Act

As the House and Senate make plans for conferencing the vital innovation legislation that has passed both bodies, we, the undersigned members of the Friends of NOAA Coalition, would like to thank you for what you have accomplished to date in support of critical federal research and development programs through S. 761. We are writing to urge you to retain the recognition of NOAA’s contribution to the nation’s competitiveness in any final conference agreement for this legislation…

2007-06-13 FoNOAA to Conferees re- America COMPETES Act

Ocean and Coastal Caucuses to House Appropriators: Avoid Crippling Budget Cuts to NOAA in FY2007

As Members of Congress with a great interest in our nation’s oceans and coasts, we would like to draw your attention to the severe budget cuts proposed for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for FY 2007. We are deeply concerned that this austere oceans budget will decrease the important services NOAA provides to the nation and our constituents at home…

FY07 2006-03-13 Coastal and Oceans Caucuses to House CJS re- FY07 NOAA Approps