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Old 07-09-2013, 07:41 PM   #1
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Obama reissues call for moving NOAA to Interior

John McArdle, E&E reporter
Published: Monday, July 8, 2013
President Obama is again pressing Congress to give him the power to undertake a broad reorganization of the federal bureaucracy, which would include bundling the agency in charge of weather forecasts, fisheries and atmospheric science into the Interior Department.
In a speech highlighting his second-term management goals at the White House today, Obama referenced the plan he sent to Congress last year that included consolidating six business and trade agencies into one agency and moving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration out of the Commerce Department and into Interior.
"We're doing a lot of this work administratively, but unfortunately there are still a bunch of rules, a lot of legislation that has poorly designed some of our agencies and forces folks to engage in bureaucratic ... hoop jumping instead of just going ahead and focusing on mission and delivering good service to our citizens," Obama said. "So what we've asked is, let's clean this up. Let's consolidate it."
Other administrations have contemplated moving NOAA into Interior to create one resource agency, but some oceans advocates have feared what would happen to the agency. Some NOAA employee union officials have also been wary of the potential change.
National Weather Service Employees Organization President Dan Sobien said this afternoon that his group would want to be a part of any discussion about such a reorganization and that, as of today, no one from the administration has reached out to his group to talk about such a move.
"Certainly, we would be interested in how NOAA ends up and where NOAA ends up," Sobien said. "While parts of NOAA might fit well with DOI, I don't think the National Weather Service does with its emergency response functions -- and frankly, that has been working pretty well at Commerce where it is."
Obama said today that his redesign effort would help make the government "smarter, quicker and more responsive to the needs of the American people."
Along with the NOAA move, Obama has proposed merging into one agency Commerce's core business and trade functions, the Small Business Administration, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corp., and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
After Obama originally floated the reorganization, some members of his own party, including Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), said they were troubled by the possibility of NOAA being buried within an Interior agency that already oversees one-fifth of the nation's landmass and many activities in federal waters (E&E Daily, Jan. 18, 2012).
Obama today needled Congress for complaining about government inefficiency while not acting on his consolidation proposal.
"I'm going to keep on doing what we can administratively, but we sure could use Congress' help, particularly at a time when Congress is saying they want more efficient government -- they give a lot of lip service to it -- and we're operating under severe fiscal constraints," he said.
President touts ongoing efficiency efforts

Although he acknowledged today that there is plenty of work still to be done, Obama also took time during his speech to highlight his administration's work to make the federal government more efficient and transparent.
The president said efforts to incorporate satellite and aerial imagery analysis into disaster response have helped improve response times for those who have been affected by severe weather events.
"After Hurricane Sandy, most folks were able to sign up for assistance using [the Federal Emergency Management Agency]'s mobile and Web apps -- updating and checking the status of their applications. And FEMA agents went door to door in some areas with iPads, helping residents who had lost power and Internet access sign up for disaster relief without leaving their homes," he said.
The president also touted ongoing efforts to cut government waste -- such as an effort to eliminate overlapping federal information technology systems -- and open up more government data for the public and private sector to use.
He specifically pointed to the federal Data.gov website, which allows users to search more than 75,000 data sets on topics such as what hospitals charge for different procedures and weather and climate measurements.
"What's happening is entrepreneurs and business owners are now using that data -- the people's data -- to create jobs and solve problems that government can't solve by itself or can't do as efficiently," Obama said.
One company that Obama specifically heralded today was Opower, an Arlington, Va., firm that studies utility customers, then advises the utility on how to save energy.
"There's a company called Opower, for example, that's used open government data on general energy trends and weather to help families save more than $300 million on their energy bills," Obama said.
This is not the first time Obama has publicly praised the work of Opower.
Obama visited the company's office in 2010, where he delivered a speech about clean energy jobs.
An Opower spokeswoman said today that no Opower executives were on hand at the White House for today's speech but that "we support the president's goal to make data more accessible and valuable for consumers."











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Old 07-09-2013, 07:59 PM   #2
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this is one thing i can agree with from hussein.

been screaming it for awhile.

i think this would be a move to bring game status to many species
that are considered in trouble and have real fisheries management.
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Wow. I just assumed it already was...

Why would weather be under the Commerce Dept?
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Global climate change very quickly,attention please.
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I'm all for it if we get more red snapper days.
Our government officially sucks.
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Oh sure, just what's needed
Yes the system needs changes to be more effective but I highly doubt there would be any noted improvements with Obama's hands in it. With some people everything they touch turns to sh!t. Obama can't handle the crap he's already "working" on. What makes anyone think that this will be any different
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What a bunch of crap
"Although he acknowledged today that there is plenty of work still to be done, Obama also took time during his speech to highlight his administration's work to make the federal government more efficient and transparent".
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Oh sure, just what's needed
Yes the system needs changes to be more effective but I highly doubt there would be any noted improvements with Obama's hands in it. With some people everything they touch turns to sh!t. Obama can't handle the crap he's already "working" on. What makes anyone think that this will be any different
What are you talking about. Obama promised that change was coming. He s going to solve all our issues. Your not giving him a chance.......




The only thing this fool of a president gets done is by executive order. He will go down in history for ruining this country. But the supporters of him think he is the greatest thing since sliced bread. And that's where the problem is. We have a bunch of brain washed fools that reside in this country and want everything for free.
I'm going fishing this weekend where none of this countries problems can bother me.
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