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NWSEO Lobbying Results in Increased Funding to Fill Vacancies

(November 12, 2020) The Senate Appropriations Committee has released its proposed Department of Commerce Appropriations Act which includes increased funding for NOAA and the NWS and rejects the Administration’s proposed cuts to staffing at the NWS and at AOML, whose employees are also represented by NWSEO.  The Appropriations Committee criticized NWS’s budget execution and for continued understaffing at the NWS. The Senate bill increased funding for AFS specifically to fill vacancies. “Committee provides an increase of $23,000,000 above the fiscal year 2020 enacted level for this purpose and directs NWS to reconcile previous year funding gaps and prioritize filling vacancies in currently understaffed WFOs.”

The House had approved an even higher funding level for the NWS, and the two bills must be reconciled in conference.

 

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NWSEO National Convention News

45th Annual NWSEO National Convention Wrap-up

(October 30, 2020) The NWSEO National Convention was a successful virtual one-day session.  With over 100 NWSEO members present, NWSEO President John Werner and NWSEO Executive Vice President JoAnn Becker facilitated and led the group through various informative sessions, reports, and new business. 

Richard Hirn provided informative General Council and Legislative reports and answered many questions from members. Executive Vice President JoAnn Becker led and promoted the Political Action Committee (PAC) fund drive, where NWSEO members: Robert Ruehl, Mark Pellerito, Kimberly Vaughan, and Evan Bookbinder shared their personal testimonies about why they contribute to the NWSEO PAC.

NWS Deputy Director Mary Erickson spoke to NWSEO members about the vision of the NWS and diversity. Dr. Neil Jacobs, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction performing the duties of Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere also addressed the Convention and highlighted his commitment and gratitude to the employees as well as explaining the NOAA efforts to address sexual harassment and assault issues. Dr. Jacobs also discussed his vision for improving computing and processing across NOAA.

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National Academy of Public Administration Report for the NWS and U.S. Congress
(May 13, 2013) The National Academy of Public Administration published its report for the National Weather Service and U.S. Congress on its website today. Follow this link to view the full report and Project Results.

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