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AGO: An Overview Mitchell J. Ross, Director. A Bureau (Agency) in a Department U. S. Department of Commerce – Formed in 1903 to promote American business.

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1 AGO: An Overview Mitchell J. Ross, Director

2 A Bureau (Agency) in a Department U. S. Department of Commerce – Formed in 1903 to promote American business and trade – Twelve bureaus of differing size and scope pursuing diverse missions National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – NOAA is the nation’s first physical science, atmospheric science, and conservation agency, tracing its lineage to the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey of 1807, the Weather Bureau of 1870, and the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries of 1871 – Formed in 1970 to coordinate the work of predecessor organizations working on the oceans and atmosphere, as part of a total environmental system

3 NOAA Mission SCIENCE NOAA creates the scientific knowledge that is necessary to understand the earth and socio-ecological systems SERVICE NOAA communicates this knowledge to save lives and property and create new value in the economy STEWARDSHIP NOAA uses this knowledge to preserve the natural environment and ensure sustainable resources

4 NOAA People Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler Cleveland Abbe George Brown Goode David Johnson Susan Solomon Rachel Carson

5 Historic Events March 12-14, 1993 Nor’easter Blizzard August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina March 24, 1989 Exxon Valdez April 1, 1960 First Image from TIROS I April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon Incident October 22-31, 2012 Hurricane Sandy

6 Legal Mandates Marine Mammal Protection Act Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act Coastal Zone Management Act Endangered Species Act Fishery Conservation and Management Act Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013

7 Major Initiatives Weather modernization – Weather Ready Nation Sustainable fisheries – ending over fishing Response and Restoration – Oil Spills, Disasters Climate adaptation and mitigation – Extreme Weather High performance computing – Research and Operations Marine spatial planning – Marine Transportation System Regional collaboration – Non Governmental Organizations Fleet recapitalization – NOAA Corps

8 AGO Organization Director Deputy Director Western ADGrants MD Strategic Sourcing AD Eastern AD Policy & Oversight MD Staff Services MD Small Business Office

9 FY09- FY13 Results

10 Financial Assistance Historic Funded Activity

11 FY13 Financial Assistance Top 10 Award NumberLine OfficeCompetition*Project DescriptionFederal ShareRecipient NA13NMF NMFSN Funding to restore the Grand Liard ridge and associated habitat for aquatic species through pipeline sediment delivery$32,030,011 Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana NA13NMF NMFSC The Recreation and Conservation Office has been awarded $20,000,000 for various projects under the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund competition.$20,000,000 Recreation and Conservation Office NA13NMF NMFSC The Office of Fish and Game Office has been awarded $13,175, for various State projects under the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund 2013 competition.$13,175,000 Fish and Game, California Department of NA13NMF NMFSC The Board has been awarded $12,200,000 for various State projects under the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund 2013 competition.$12,200,000 Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board NA13NMF NMFSN Ecosystem based research in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean$9,737,067North Pacific Research Board NA11NWS NWSC Funding for the Visiting Scientist Program (VSP) which will work in partnership with NOAA through a multi-year cooperative agreement.$6,669,074 University Corporation for Atmospheric Research NA10NOS NOSC Funding to continue the operation and maintenance of the Joint Hydrographic Center.$6,030,198 University System of New Hampshire NA13NMF NMFSC The Great Lakes Commission, in coordination with NOAA, will lead a regional partnership to implement habitat restoration projects in the U.S. Great Lakes Area$5,959,200Great Lakes Commission NA10OAR OARC Funding for the Outreach/Diversity Program and the Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries.$5,877,636University of Washington NA10NMF NMFSN To provide funds to administer Fisheries Information Network (FIN) activities and provide information to FIN participants and other interested personnel.$5,614,323 Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission Total Value: $117,292,509

12 FY13 National Ocean Service (NOS) – Top Grants Award Number Federal ShareRecipientRecipient TypeProject Description NA10NOS $6,030,198 Univ. System of New HampshirePartial Funding Funding to continue the operation and maintenance of the Joint Hydrographic Center. NA09NOS $4,209,148 Univ. System of New HampshirePartial Funding Funding to integrate and apply collaborative research, engagement, education, and adaptive management to detect, prevent, and reverse the impacts of coastal pollution and habitat degradation in the context of climate change. NA13NOS $3,426,950 Natl. Marine Sanctuary Foundation Application - New Award Funding to provide educational and outreach that relates to ocean conservation, and marine science. NA11NOS $3,089,477Univ. of WashingtonPartial Funding Funding to sustain the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems. NA11NOS $3,000,848 Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey - New BrunswickPartial Funding Funding to integrate and expand the activities of an existing association and observation system in to a comprehensive Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System. NA13NOS $2,527,500 State of Washington Dept. of Ecology Application - New Award The funds provide support for coastal policy analysis, implementation of the State Shoreline Management Act and Shoreline Master Program development. NA11NOS $2,497,703 Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional AssociationPartial Funding The proposed effort will integrate and augment existing observational, modeling, data management and education assets in the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) domain. NA11NOS $2,419,161NERACOOSPartial Funding This project will continue operation and development for these four main categories: Marine Operations, Ocean and Coastal Ecosystem Health, Ocean Energy Planning and Management, and Coastal Hazards Resiliency. NA13NOS $2,372,500 Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Application - New Award These funds will provide continued assistance to the state including habitat restoration and protection, wetland permitting, regional land use and ocean planning, and stewardship programs and activities. NA13NOS $2,327,500 Natural Resources, Louisiana Department Application - New Award These funds will provide continued assistance to the state, including habitat protection and restoration, public outreach, and mitigation of wetland losses. Total Value: $31,900,985

13 FY13 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) – Top Grants Award NumberFederal ShareRecipientRecipient TypeProject Description NA13NMF $3,985,257 Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeApplication - New Award Operate and maintain of fish hatcheries and rearing ponds in the Columbia River Basin in Washington. NA13NMF $5,200,000 Michigan Department of Environmental QualityPartial Funding Remediate the contaminated sediment within the River Great Lakes. NA13NMF $5,261,447 Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeApplication - New Award Implement the hatchery reform actions in the Lower Columbia River. NA10NMF $5,614,323 Gulf States Marine Fisheries CommissionPartial Funding Funds data collection, management, and dissemination for the recreational and commercial fisheries in the Southeast Region through the Fisheries Information Network. NA13NMF $5,959,200Great Lakes CommissionApplication - New Award Fund habitat restoration projects in the U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC). NA13NMF $9,737,067North Pacific Research BoardApplication - New Award Funs marine research activities in the North Pacific, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean. NA13NMF $12,200,000 Oregon Watershed Enhancement BoardApplication - New Award Implement recovery plans for salmon production and upgrade database for reporting ecological outcomes. NA13NMF $13,175,000 Fish and Game, California Department ofApplication - New Award Fund projects that improve water quality and diminish barriers for salmon passage; develop instream habitat and assess progress to recovery efforts for salmon. NA13NMF $20,000,000Recreation and Conservation OfficeApplication - New Award Address the habitat, hatchery, harvest, and hydropower impacts to anadromous salmon. NA13NMF $32,030,011 Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of LouisianaApplication - New Award Create nourishing marsh and associated habitat for aquatic species and migrant birds adjacent to Grand Liard Bayou in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Total Value: $113,162,305

14 FY13 Natl Environmental Satellite, Data & Info Services (NESDIS) – Top Grants Award NumberFederal ShareRecipientRecipient TypeProject Description NA09NES $2,500,140University of Maryland, College ParkPartial Funding Support NOAA mission goals related to meteorological satellite and climate data and information research and development. NA10NES $1,488,000University of Wisconsin SystemApplication - Amendment A NOAA Cooperative Institute (CI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) builds upon the established successes of the current Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS). NA09NES $1,310,213University of Maryland, College ParkPartial Funding Support the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS) formed through a national consortium of academic, non- profit and community organizations. NA09NES $1,279,000University of Maryland, College ParkPartial Funding Support Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) and Instrument Calibration. NA13NES $998,642University of Wisconsin SystemApplication - New Award Recipient hosts Numerical Weather Prediction supercomputer for the NOAA/NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research. Funding will upgrade the Supercomputer capabilities for the Satellite Simulations and Data Assimilation Studies. NA10NES $944,300University of Wisconsin SystemApplication - Amendment Develop the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Algorithm Continuity Risk Reduction Program NA09NES $750,000University of Maryland, College ParkPartial Funding Support activities in Climate Data Records and Science Data Stewardship. NA10NES $668,841University of Wisconsin SystemApplication - Amendment Support the NOAA Climate Data Records and Science Data activities. NA09NES $661,638University of Maryland, College ParkApplication - Amendment Support for additional flights on days when no air quality violations are forecast by the MD Dept. of Environment (MDE). NA13NES $600,000University of Wisconsin SystemApplication - New Award Support network of direct broadcast antenna systems to provide real time data for numerical weather prediction. Total Value: $11,200,774

15 FY13 National Weather Service (NWS) – Top Grants Award NumberFederal ShareRecipientRecipient TypeProject Description NA11NWS $350,000 University Corporation for Atmospheric ResearchPartial Funding Employ instructional approaches and technology that promote the transfer of scientific knowledge to improve capacity and job performance for the target audiences. NA13NWS $373, California Emergency Management AgencyApplication - New Award State level tsunami hazard reduction project that promotes tsunami planning, preparedness and hazard mitigation among California’s coastal communities. NA09NWS $413,300 University Corporation for Atmospheric ResearchPartial Funding Support Aviation Weather Research to apply aviation weather research activities in support of Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) plans. NA11NWS $476,000 University Corporation for Atmospheric ResearchPartial Funding Provide education and training materials for the transfer of science in the fields of meteorology, hydrology, climatology, and related environmental sciences. NA11NWS $569,970 University Corporation for Atmospheric ResearchPartial Funding Support education and training for Climate, Water and Weather and continue its educational offerings and research support. NA13NWS $704,518University of OklahomaApplication - New Award Improve data quality and develop techniques for the advancement in Weather Radar. NA11NWS $966,268 University Corporation for Atmospheric ResearchPartial Funding Manage and coordinate the Climate and Global Change (C&GC) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in cooperation with NOAA. NA11NWS $1,014,859 University Corporation for Atmospheric ResearchPartial Funding Manage and coordinate the Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Fellowship Program. NA11NWS $1,189,359 University Corporation for Atmospheric ResearchPartial Funding Create and manage effective programs to address pressing scientific and societal needs. NA11NWS $6,669,074 University Corporation for Atmospheric ResearchPartial Funding Study processes and develop models that relate to air quality and climate. Total Value: $12,727,041.64

16 FY13 Oceanic & Atmospheric Research (OAR) – Top Grants Award NumberFederal ShareRecipientRecipient TypeProject Description NA10OAR $2,663,406 University of Miami-Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric StudiesPartial Funding This project supports administrative activities associated with operating the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS. NA10OAR $2,667,000University of WashingtonPartial Funding To conduct multi- and interdisciplinary research in atmospheric, oceanic, and fishery sciences. NA10OAR $2,690,433 University of Miami-Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric StudiesPartial Funding To conduct research in the terrestrial, ocean, and atmospheric environments consistent with the priorities expressed in NOAA’s present and future Goals and Mission. NA11OAR $2,704,820University of OklahomaPartial Funding Collaborative project with NOAA Scientists to improve hazardous weather observations and forecasts. NA13OAR $3,400,000Ocean Exploration Trust, Inc.Application - New Award This project to propose a large-scale exploration program using the E/V Nautilus and its complement of deep submergence vehicle systems and telepresence technologies NA12OAR $4,179,085 The Regents of the University of ColoradoPartial Funding To measure air pollutants such as greenhouse gases, reactive gases, and aerosols that may be hazardous to humans NA11OAR $4,549,309 University Corporation for Atmospheric ResearchPartial Funding Improved scientific understanding of the changing climate system and its impacts. NA12OAR $4,648,868 The Regents of the University of ColoradoPartial Funding Proposed research will lead to major advances in understanding of greenhouse gases and other atmospheric components such as aerosols and reactive gases. NA13OAR $5,497,000 Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionApplication - New Award Program to improve storm intensity forecasts in the Northeast Region. NA10OAR $5,877,636University of WashingtonApplication - Amendment Monitoring regional and global ocean acidification both, developing a global ocean monitoring network, and understanding acidification impacts. Total Value: $38,877,557

17 Cooperative Institutes (CI) NOAA awarded 16 CIs that conduct research that supports NOAA's Mission Goals and Strategic Plan. Many CIs are co-located at NOAA laboratories and not only perform research, but also provide fellowships to train the next generation’s workforce.

18 Cooperative Institutes (CI) Funding RecipientFY13 Award Amount Total Funding Obligated for Competitive Segments to date The Regents of the University of Colorado$34,260,451$47,982,513 University of Maryland, College Park$17,525,268$66,531,840 University of Miami-Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies$16,309,160$61,135,682 The Regents of the University of California, San Diego$15,300,027$53,579,965 University of Oklahoma$11,932,786$23,438,910 University of Washington$11,556,150$52,908,315 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution$9,681,615$44,428,198 University of Wisconsin System$9,363,016$37,098,945 Colorado State University$7,267,993$57,558,745 Mississippi State University$4,542,034$12,971,959 Oregon State University$3,308,156$5,899,541 The Trustees of Princeton University$2,694,511$20,203,301 The Regents of The University of Michigan$2,536,675$6,722,922 University of Alaska Fairbanks$1,602,598$1,575,990 Florida Atlantic University$1,008,310$6,601,224 University of Hawaii Systems$586,692$28,164,332 Total Value$149,475,442$526,748,382

19 Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESUs) Consortium of Federal, state, local governments, educational institutions, and non-profits, grouped into seventeen regions Provide research, technical assistance, education, and multi-disciplinary structure needed to address natural and cultural resource management issues at multiple scales and in the context of an ecosystem

20 Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESUs) NOAA CESU Partners University of California System – California University System of Maryland – Chesapeake Watershed Texas A&M University – Gulf Coast University of Hawaii System – Hawaii Pacific Islands University of Rhode Island – North Atlantic Coast University of Georgia – Piedmont-South Atlantic Coast University of Washington – Pacific Northwest University of Miami – South Florida- Caribbean University of Alaska System – North and West Alaska NOAA participates with 9 of the 17 CESUs Awards will be issued competitively, non- competitively, and using the Broad Agency Announcement

21 OMB Circular Consolidation: Eight Circulars Into One Continue use of current regulations, DOC terms and conditions and Program Specific guidelines New DOC Implementing Regulation takes effect December 26, 2013 OMB Publishes Interim Final Rule in Federal Register, 2 CFR Part 200 June/July 2014 Federal Agencies must submit draft of Implementing Regulation to OMB for review December 26, 2014 Effective Date of Implementing Regulation Effective Date of Implementation of Single Audit Requirement ($750K Threshold)

22 Grants.gov Government-wide portal for finding and applying to grants funding opportunities Established in 2002, as a part of the President's Management Agenda

23 Grants Online Paperless Grants Management System Official system of record for grant awards Robust System (application, review, preaward, award, closeout)

24 Challenges AGO operates at 1-2% of obligated dollars, well below benchmark of 3-9% GMD understaffed at a 40 person division for approximately 4,000 financial assistance actions. Contract support makes up almost half of GMD workforce. Uncertainty of budget leads to GMD receiving 80% of workload in 4 th quarter of the fiscal year

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