Agency revives CONOPS plan
(June 29, 2012) NWSEO has discovered an internal document from Agency leadership that outlines a National Weather Service Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for the future. The plans would reduce staff and consolidate weather forecast offices. NWSEO is trying to ascertain how serious the agency is about implementing the ideas in this document.
“The plans are ill-conceived. You can’t eliminate 25 percent of the workforce - a quarter of the people involved in life-saving forecasts - and expect the same level of service,” said NWSEO President Dan Sobien. “This is a plan that appeals to the pocketbook but doesn’t get to the heart of the matter. If the National Weather Service plans on continuing its life saving mission – they better have people in place when the weather gets severe.”
NWSEO will continue to represent the dedicated employees at weather forecast offices and throughout the NWS. You can log on to www.nwseo.org for continued information, developments and the union’s work to keep our members employed. The NWSEO Facebook group will also involve discussions on these efforts.
Below is the information in the plans:
This proposed business model maintains the Weather Ready Nation concepts promoted in the NWS Strategic plan while reducing redundancies of operations.
Possible savings: Up to 25% fewer staff needed at consolidated national centers.