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Attention Silver Spring personnel: In commemoration of President John F. Kennedy's assassination 50 years ago, join us next week to view memorabilia related to the JFK years and his tragic assassination, including authentic newspaper stories, signed photos, magazines, and documents from Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline, and Warren Commission member Gerald Ford. Thursday, Nov. 21, between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in SSMC4, Room 13153.

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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

November 14, 2013



Dr. Holly Bamford

Hi everyone,

Thank you to everyone who participated in last week's NOS All Hands meeting. If you were not able to attend, you can view the video from the event on the For Employees site.

This week, I'd like to focus on a topic that applies to any federal employee who may be interested in serving as an officer or member of the board of directors of a non-profit organization. Earlier this year, a new regulation removed the conflict of interest barrier for federal employees to serve in such a capacity on behalf of the government. This is a significant shift that opens up opportunities for greater involvement by federal experts in the nonprofit sector.
There are still important issues to take into account when considering whether to accept a position as an officer or a member of the board of directors of a non-profit organization.

First, please carefully review this memo from Acting NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathy Sullivan. Dr. Sullivan's memo states that any federal employee interested in serving as an officer or member of a board of directors for a nonprofit organization must receive approval from his/her Line Office. Any employees already serving in such a capacity must also seek such approval. The memo from Dr. Sullivan provides useful guidelines and additional information.
Second, prepare and route the documentation described in this memo for NOS employees. Please contact Lieutenant Ben LaCour at benjamin.lacour@noaa.gov if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Holly A. Bamford, Ph.D.
Assistant Administrator
National Ocean Service

Web Highlight

Web Highlight

You've heard of weather forecasting, but have you heard of ecological forecasting? Learn more about what NOAA is doing to deliver early warnings.


Attention Silver Spring personnel: In commemoration of President John F. Kennedy's assassination 50 years ago, join us next week to view memorabilia related to the JFK years and his tragic assassination, including authentic newspaper stories, signed photos, magazines, and documents from Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline, and Warren Commission member Gerald Ford. Thursday, Nov. 21, between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in SSMC4, Room 13153.

Around NOS

2013 GreenGov Presidential Award (CSC)

In response to the impacts of Sandy, a team of federal agency policy and science experts partnered to create an interactive sea level rise mapping and calculator tool that helps planners, managers, and decision makers identify and prepare for future flood risks related to sea level rise. Recognizing the need to more quickly inform rebuilding decisions, the team expedited development of the tool. The team was awarded Climate Champion for the 2013 Presidential GreenGov Awards. The GreenGov awards celebrate President Obama's Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in environmental, energy, and economic performance. The team included staff members from NOAA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and U.S. Global Change Research Program. For more information, contact Doug Marcy.

New Buoy off Hawaii Informs Forecasts (IOOS®)

Hawaii has new ocean and coastal data available to inform weather forecasts and enable safer, more efficient marine transportation. The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS), a regional member of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®), with support from Young Brothers, recently deployed a wave buoy about three nautical miles off Hanalei on the north shore of Kauai. The buoy measures wave period, height, and direction as well as sea surface temperature. The buoy joins the existing PacIOOS network of 11 real-time wave buoys in Hawaii, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Marshall Islands. This is the first buoy off the island of Kauai. Wave buoys stream data to inform safe navigation and recreation as well as provide critical information for coastal hazards and low-lying inundation forecasts for north-facing shores. For more information, contact Jennie Lyons.

International Comparison of Absolute Gravimeters in Luxembourg (NGS)

This week, a representative from the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) participated in an assembly of the International Comparison of Absolute Gravimeters at the Underground Laboratory for Geodynamics in Walferdange, Luxembourg. This event marks the fourth such meeting in 10 years for the absolute gravimeters in the Walferdange laboratory. More than 70 scientists from 20 countries, including Europe, Brazil, China, Japan, and the United States, participated in the event. Geophysicists will measure and compare 30 gravimeters from around the world, including the NGS gravimeter, to quantify their operational precision relative to other meters. For more information, contact Burt Smith

Ocean Science Education Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification (ONMS)

The University of California, Santa Barbara Ocean Science Education Building (OSEB), home to the new main office for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The certification recognizes the building's energy and resource efficient design, storm water management, and low environmental impact from construction practices and materials, which included more than 20 percent recycled content. In addition to the sanctuary office, OSEB will eventually house the Outreach Center for Teaching Ocean Science, an interactive space for children and adults to learn about marine ecosystems and processes. The LEED Gold Certification signifies that OSEB was designed and built to achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health. For more information, contact Michael Murray.

Connecting Students with NOAA Coral Reef Scientists (OCRM)

This month, students engaged via interactive webcasts and social media dialogue with NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) team members. CRCP staff participated in two live JASON Learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Role Model events. Each webcast included live video and question submission forms. The first webcast was held on November 7, where students connected with a NOAA coral reef biologist. The second webcast was held on November 14, with a NOAA oceanographer and data analyst. This NOAA Reef Smart collaboration with JASON Learning links the science fundamentals kids are learning in school to real-life applications of coral reef science and future STEM careers. For more information, contact Jon Corsiglia.

Integrating Alaska ShoreZone Imagery into Arctic ERMA® (OR&R)

On Oct. 29-30, the Alaska ShoreZone Partners held their annual meeting in Anchorage for scientists, GIS specialists, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies to present new developments in 2013. ShoreZone is a mapping and classification system that specializes in the collection and interpretation of low-altitude aerial imagery of the coastal environment. At the meeting, ShoreZone presented a new development (with funding from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement) to digitize video and photo imagery for the North Slope. A representative from the Office of Response and Restoration presented at this meeting on the integration of ShoreZone imagery and biological information into Arctic ERMA® that can be used for planning, preparedness, response, or a natural resource damage assessment. Looking ahead, plans are being discussed to integrate ShoreZone imagery into stand-alone ERMA® for use in situations where Internet connectivity is unreliable. For more information, contact Zachary Winters Staszak.

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