A #2 For NOAA?
The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing to consider four presidential nominees subject to Senate confirmation, including Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet (Ret.) to be deputy administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Why It Matters
NOAA is crucial to the national and economic security of our nation and to the public safety of its citizens. Leadership is necessary for the agency to fulfill its mission to understand, predict, and share information about changes in climate, weather, ocean, and coasts and to conserve and manage our nation’s vast coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. With nobody yet nominated to be NOAA administrator, the confirmation of a qualified second-in-command is even more important and is the Trump administration’s first ocean science and technology selection.
There was bipartisan agreement over Gallaudet’s qualifications to fill the role of deputy administrator.
Gallaudet described his top priorities for the agency as implementing the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 (PL 115-25); advancing fisheries management under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (PL 109-479); and focusing on the agency’s ocean observations, mapping, exploration, and prediction activities.
“I support each of these nominees and look forward to confirming them as quickly as possible” – Chairman John Thune (SD)
“We need leaders at NOAA who understand the importance of studying climate change, and I hope you, Admiral Gallaudet, will show the same diligence at NOAA in studying and preparing for climate change that you displayed in your role of oceanographer of the Navy.” – Ranking Member Bill Nelson (FL)
“If I have the honor of being confirmed by this committee, I look forward to working with all of you on the important work performed by NOAA in such areas as weather forecasting, storm warning, fisheries and coastal zone management, ocean exploration, and climate monitoring.” – Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet (Ret.)
On October 4, the committee will vote on Gallaudet’s nomination.
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