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)

FoNOAA Encourages Administration to Support NOAA Funding in FY2013 Budget

As supporters, stakeholders, employees, and partners of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Friends of NOAA is strongly opposed to cutting the agency’s budget below $5.5 billion in FY13…

FY13 2012-02-13 FoNOAA FY13 Letter v10 (updated list of signatories)

FY13 2011-09-27 Letter FoNOAA to OMB re- FY13 budget (as delivered)

FoNOAA Members Testify Before House Committee on FY2012 NOAA Appropriations

“[I]t was NOAA, and their partners in the weather enterprise that enabled the delivery of accurate and timely information regarding the impending landfall of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This one set of weather forecasts alone literally saved tens of thousands of lives. Vaisala strongly supports the funding requested by the Administration for NOAA in FY 2012. The $5.5 billion budget request for NOAA falls short of what is truly needed by NOAA to carry out its important missions but we also appreciate that federal spending must be restrained as part of a broader effort to put this Nation’s fiscal house in order.”

FY12 2011-03-11 Vaisala, FoNOAA Testimony before House CJS re- FY12 Approps

“NOAA’s weather forecasts and warnings alone generate annualized benefits of $31.5 billion, and the agency’s ocean and atmospheric research, fisheries management, and satellite enterprises are essential for the continued prosperity of our nation. For example, recovery of overfished stocks has produced an additional $2.1 billion in income and $5 billion in sales over the past decade. Providing insufficient funding for NOAA will only serve to diminish the economic activity and job creation that is at present successfully revitalizing communities across America.”

FY12 2011-03-11 NMSF, FoNOAA Testimony before House CJS re- FY12 Approps

FoNOAA Urges Congress to Avoid Damaging Cuts to NOAA in FY2011

As supporters, stakeholders, employees, and partners of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Friends of NOAA is strongly opposed to cutting the NOAA budget below the President’s Request of $5.6 billion for Fiscal Year 2011. Reductions would result in weakened core programs, major infrastructure deficits, and diminished capabilities to address hazards and disasters that affect America’s economy, national security, and environment. We request your support in opposing cuts to NOAA’s budget and maintaining funding at the $5.6 billion level…

FY11 2011-03-10 FoNOAA to Congress re- FY10 CR, FY11 Approps

FY11 2011-02-13 FoNOAA to Congress re- FY10 CR, FY11 Approps