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Dianna Parker, Communications Specialist, Marine Debris Program

The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has covered hundreds of thousands miles of ocean, and the plane still hasn't turned up. But the search has highlighted a growing problem in the oceans: giant blobs of garbage. The Marine Debris Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tracks the problem. The program's mission is to protect and conserve the marine environment and natural resources. Spokesperson Dianna Parker says trash often gets caught in gyres.

Friday - 04/04/2014, 10:33am EDT
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NOAA cancels hiring freeze, lifts training ban

Kathryn Sullivan, the acting under secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, sent an email to staff today announcing she was lifting the hiring freeze ban on non-mandatory training NOAA put in place last year to offset the impact of sequestration.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 01:57pm EST

NWS, union spar over agency vacancies

The National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO) says the agency blamed lack of funds when it implemented a hiring freeze last March. But the union says NWS budget documents posted to its website show the agency actually ended fiscal 2013 with $125 million in unspent funds. NWS officials dispute the union's contentions that they agency left money on the table. The union's concerns over agency vacancies were the focus of recent arbitration hearings.

Wednesday - 01/22/2014, 04:04pm EST
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Agency CIOs thinking smarter as IT spending declines

For Casey Coleman, CIO of the General Services Administration, IT consolidations have netted big savings and allowed the agency to move in a more strategic direction. Meanwhile, Joe Klimavicz, the CIO of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says wider adoption of shared services can help agencies cut back on operations-and-maintenance IT spending to free up more cash for mission-specific tech initiatives.

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 10:44am EST
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NWS getting out of commodity IT through cloud, shared services

Iftikhar Jamil, the associate chief information officer for weather at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the National Weather Service moved its high performance computing capabilities to a private cloud and is developing dissemination-as-a-service.
October 31, 2013

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 07:56pm EDT
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NWS getting out of commodity IT through cloud, shared services

Iftikhar Jamil, the associate chief information officer for weather at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the National Weather Service moved its high performance computing capabilities to a private cloud and is developing dissemination-as-a-service.
September 12, 2013

Thursday - 09/12/2013, 07:56pm EDT
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NOAA meteorologist helps save lives one storm at a time

For his three decades of work in developing severe weather forecasting models, the Partnership for Public Service has named Mark DeMaria a finalist for a Service to America Medal.

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 12:00pm EDT
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NOAA plowing through the growing, complex challenges CIOs face

Joe Klimavicz, NOAA's chief information officer and director of high performance computing and communication, said his agency is moving to the cloud more aggressively and addressing mobile computing.
May 16, 2013

Thursday - 05/16/2013, 11:02am EDT
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NOAA plans for 4 furlough days, begins talking to unions

Employees at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be furloughed four days starting in July, acting Administrator Kathryn Sullivan wrote in an email to staff Monday.

Tuesday - 04/16/2013, 05:48am EDT

NWS ramps up to track Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy

Steve Cooper, acting deputy director of NOAA's National Weather Service, told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, his agency added staffing to follow progress of the major East Coast storm.

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 11:44am EDT
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Federal Drive interviews - Oct. 12, 2012

Nobel Prize winner David Wineland of NIST discusses his accomplishments. And a contingent of large federal buildings might be getting a makeover. The National Capital Planning Commission shares plans the GSA is considering.

Friday - 10/12/2012, 09:39am EDT

Washington Monument didn't sink after earthquake

The Washington Monument did not sink any further into the ground as a result of last year's 5.8-magnitude earthquake, government surveyors said in a report released Tuesday.

Tuesday - 08/21/2012, 08:15pm EDT

NWS could furlough 5,000 employees to cover budget shortfall

The National Weather Service says it must furlough as many as 5,000 employees for 13 days by Sept. 30, unless Congress allows the agency to move around funds within its budget.

Friday - 06/08/2012, 09:45am EDT

Shared services is new 'default' for federal CIOs

Shared IT services include virtualized services, cloud computing, object reuse, security controls and continuous monitoring, Klimavicz writes in a blog post.

Monday - 04/23/2012, 12:44pm EDT
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Sen. Brown wants the NOAA chief fired for agency misconduct

The Massachusetts Republican said in a letter to the President that the misconduct and violations at NOAA are much worse than those at GSA. He said the IG found unethical behavior and broken procurement rules.

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 02:20pm EDT

VIDEO: Agencies embrace mobile app explosion

The development of mobile applications or apps is expanding within the federal government. The General Services Administration showcased some of the apps coming out of agencies at last week's FOSE Conference in Washington.

Monday - 04/09/2012, 09:46am EDT

NOAA leans on the lessons of others to move to cloud

The agency moved 25,000 employees to Google apps for email and collaboration in the cloud. CIO Joe Klimavicz said GSA's experience was crucial in making their transition go on time and on budget.

Thursday - 02/02/2012, 08:35pm EST
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Feds turn down Kerry request for cod assessment

The nation's oceans chief has turned down a request made first by U.S. Sen. John Kerry for a new assessment of the health of Gulf of Maine cod.

Thursday - 01/26/2012, 08:59pm EST

Opportunities in federal construction despite cuts to building funds

Marco Giamberardino, senior director of the Associated General Contractors of America's federal and heavy construction division, outlines the winners and losers of the FY2012 budget for federal construction.

Thursday - 01/05/2012, 10:47am EST
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NOAA completes agency-wide move to the cloud

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has moved its 25,000 employees, contractors and associates to Google Apps for Government's cloud-based email service.

Thursday - 01/05/2012, 09:51am EST
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