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It's our 200th Ocean Fact! Roasted birds on the holiday table are often stuffed with a blend of breadcrumbs, herbs, and spices that includes chopped celery. Some stuffing recipes even call for oysters. But did you know that oysters and celery also serve as important underwater habitats?

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The Common Access Card (CAC) computer account enforcement deadline is December 17. CAC authentication not only enhances IT security, it reduces the number of complex passwords you must remember. If your computer is not yet 'CAC-enforced,' visit the IT Helpdesk page on the NOS For Employees site for more information.

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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

December 6, 2012



Hi folks,

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Like many organizations, NOAA is facing the challenges of diminishing resources, a changing workforce, and the need to balance new and existing priorities. To achieve our mission, we must ensure our workforce has the necessary competencies to fulfill current and future mission needs.

Over the upcoming year, each NOAA Line and Staff Office will develop a workforce plan that identifies the competencies needed to achieve our mission and how current or projected gaps will be filled.

Within NOS, each program will develop their own plan that will feed into an NOS-wide workforce plan. When finalized, the workforce plan will be an important part of ensuring our organization is prepared to achieve our mission now and into the future.

NOS is beginning the development of our workforce plan, and our goal is to have a plan completed within the next year. I will keep you apprised as we move forward.

Thanks,

David Kennedy
Assistant Administrator
National Ocean Service

Web Highlight

It's our 200th Ocean Fact! Roasted birds on the holiday table are often stuffed with a blend of breadcrumbs, herbs, and spices that includes chopped celery. Some stuffing recipes even call for oysters, a bivalve that for centuries has been served as a token of good luck in the coming year. But did you know that oysters and celery also serve as important underwater habitats?

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For Employees

NOS For Employees website

The Common Access Card (CAC) computer account enforcement deadline is December 17. CAC authentication not only enhances IT security, it reduces the number of complex passwords you must remember. If your computer is not yet 'CAC-enforced,' visit the IT Helpdesk page on the NOS For Employees site for more information.

Around NOS

NOAA Provides Scientific Support to N.J. Train Derailment; 23,000 Gallons of Toxic Vinyl Chloride Gas Released (OR&R)

U.S. Coast Guard officials called in Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) scientific support last week in the aftermath of a train derailment in Paulsboro, N.J. The derailment, which occurred as the train was crossing a creek that feeds the Delaware River, released approximately 23,000 gallons of a toxic vinyl chloride gas. Following the accident, a voluntary evacuation zone was established for the area and nearby schools were ordered to take shelter and seal off their buildings. While officials were initially concerned that the chemical may have ended up in the creek, it appears that most of the vinyl chloride was released into the air. The OR&R scientific support team addressed early concerns about the air hazard, centering on possible health effects; evacuation decisions; proper protective equipment for responders; impacts to the nearby Philadelphia airport; and reactivity between vinyl chloride and another rail car containing ethyl alcohol. For more information, contact David Wesley.

First Debris from Japan Tsunami Confirmed in PMNM (ONMS)

On Nov. 2, a small boat was found washed ashore at Midway Atoll. It was reported to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) Resource Protection Program and NOAA Marine Debris Program by U.S. Fish & Wildlife staff on Midway. A registration number was obtained off the boat and was identified by the Japan Consulate as one lost during the March 2011 tsunami. The government of Japan located the boat's owners, who indicated they did not want it returned. This event represents the first marine debris item found in PMNM that could be traced back to the Japan tsunami. For more information, contact Carey Morishige.

New Vessel Traffic Products on MarineCadastre.gov (CSC)

Understanding the routes ships take is an important component of many ocean-related projects. A NOAA Coastal Services Center and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management partnership is now providing this information through their MarineCadastre.gov website. The organizations worked with the Office of Coast Survey and the U.S. Coast Guard to turn the real-time data—known as Automatic Identification System (AIS) vessel safety products—into a GIS-formatted data set. Data from 2009 and 2010 are available, as well as high-resolution vessel traffic patterns for the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. These data products are used by NOAA customers to support ocean, energy, and port planning. For more information contact Dave Stein.

Congressional Interest In Long Island Sound Sea Floor Mapping (NCCOS)

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) representatives recently met with staff from the Connecticut Congressional delegation to discuss recent seafloor mapping efforts and how they can be used in marine spatial planning, as well as general resource management, in Long Island Sound. Representatives provided the delegation with details about NCCOS's efforts in mapping physical and biological attributes of the sound and their relevance to resource management. NCCOS helps state authorities manage the trade-offs between protecting, conserving, and enjoying marine resources while accommodating the needs of transportation and economic growth. For more information, contact Tim Battista.  

Coordinates Updated on More Than 5,000 Survey Marks (NGS)

The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) has updated the three-dimensional coordinates of more than 5,000 Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)-derived, high-accuracy survey marks published through its Online Positioning User Service Database (OPUS-DB), making them consistent with the latest definition of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). As of June, 2012, an updated realization of the North American Datum of 1983 was made available as the latest and most accurate representation of the NSRS.  Updating all previously published GNSS-derived positions through OPUS-DB ensures these published positional references are as accurate as possible. For more information, contact Joe Evjen.

Strengthening Customer Contacts at Nation's Largest Marine Industry Trade Event (OCS)

NOAA navigation experts are staffing an exhibit at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans this week, providing professional mariners and other industry professionals with the latest information on NOAA's navigational products and services. The International Workboat Show is the biggest marine industry trade event in North America. The three-day event gives NOAA Navigation Services the opportunity to meet thousands of customers and stakeholders. For more information, contact: Rachel Medley.

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