NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Update
The next NOS All Hands meeting will beThursday, March 6, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Add this meeting to your Google calendar by clicking on this link. Your calendar will pop up after the NOS website 'exit notice.' Once you see the calendar entry, select "Save."
Dr. Russell Callender and I will provide an update on the FY 2014 budget. In addition, the President's FY 2015 Budget Request is expected to be released two days before the meeting. If it is released before the All Hands meeting, we will provide information about the FY 2015 request as well. We will also talk about ways that programs across NOS are advancing important priorities. What do you want to hear about at the meeting? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions.
I would like to take a moment to congratulate all of our Bronze Medal awardees as well as the recipients of the Distinguished Career Award. The Bronze Medal is the highest honor award granted by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and recognizes superior performance. Following are NOS recipients.
For superior leadership and interagency collaboration in creating the comprehensive, digital information publication, Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas:
Becky Allee (NOS), David M. Nelson (NOS), Scott L. Cross (NESDIS), Arthur R. Parsons (NESDIS), Hernan E. Garcia (NESDIS),
Elizabeth Schneck-Gardner (NESDIS), Russell H. Beard (NESDIS), Amanda Frick (NMFS), David Hanisko (NMFS),
James Primrose (NMFS)
For the development of a biogeographic assessment of seabirds, deep sea corals, and ocean habitats of the New York Bight in support of ocean management.
Charles Menza, Chris Caldow, Mark Monaco
For the design and implementation of a NOAA absolute GPS/GNSS antenna calibration program to improve GPS positioning accuracy for all users.
Dennis Lokken, Charles Geoghegan,
Giovanni Sella, Bruce Tran, Steve Breidenbach,
For developing, evaluating, and transitioning the Microwave Water Level sensor to operations in the National Water Level Observation Network.*
Robert Heitsenrether, Manoj Samant, Thomas Landon, Albert Sanford, Stephen Gill
*I would like to recognize the efforts of team members Warren Krug and Mark Bushnell, whose contributions were indispensable to this project.
For completely overhauling NOAA's oil spill Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique program, resulting in national leadership in spill response training and execution.
Frank Csulak (NOS), Nicolle Rutherford (NOS),
Gary Shigenaka (NOS), Jordan Stout (NOS), John Tarpley (NOS), Ian Zelo (NOS), CDR Elizabeth Kretovic (OMAO)
For achieving a $22.7 million settlement to restore critical NOAA and tribal resources injured by waste site contamination in the St. Lawrence River environment.
Lisa Rosman (NOS), Nancy Beckvar (NOS), George Graettinger (NOS), Anthony Dvarskas (NOS), Marguerite Matera (OGC),
Laurie Lee (OGC), Jason Forman (OGC), Mathias Collins (NMFS), Carl Alderson (NMFS), Julie Sims (NMFS)
For an unprecedented, multidisciplinary assessment that supports science-based decisions on listing 82 coral species under the Endangered Species Act.
Gregory A. Piniak (NOS), Jennifer A. Moore (NMFS), Cheryl Scannell (NMFS), Margaret W. Miller (NMFS), Lance W. Smith (NMFS), Elena J. Onaga (NMFS), Russell E. Brainard (NMFS), C. Mark Eakin (NMFS), J. Paul McElhany (NMFS), Marta F. Nammack (NMFS)
The Distinguished Career Award honors cumulative career achievement of sustained excellence, rather than a single defined accomplishment, in specific categories. Following are NOS recipients.
Randolph Grady: For sustained focus to ensure the infrastructure and support services at the NOAA Beaufort Laboratory allow the pursuit of the agency's scientific mission.
Dolores Toscano: For her talent, hard work, and exemplary teamwork in Federal Service for 42 years, including 36 years with the National Ocean Service in Maryland and Florida.
Ronnie L. Taylor: For outstanding professional achievement in advancing state and federal geodetic activities throughout more than 40 years of service to NOAA.
Mark W. Miller: For sustained excellence in contributions to oil and chemical spill science, preparedness, and response throughout 25 years of service to NOAA.
Please join me in congratulating our awardees!
Holly A. Bamford, Ph.D.
Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal
Zone Management, National Ocean Service