To NOAA's FY
2002 Budget Request...
TO THE READER:
I am pleased to present
the Budget Summary for the Department of Commerce's National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for Fiscal Year
2002. This Summary contains information on NOAA's programs and
strategic goals for Members of Congress, Congressional staff,
the media, NOAA constituents and customers, and other individuals
who have an interest in our programs. It provides information
on how NOAA supports and enhances the goals of the Department
of Commerce and the President.
NOAA, through its seven
line offices and staff offices, has established itself as one
of the world's premier scientific and environmental agencies.
From Boulder to Beaufort, from Kansas City to Gloucester, from
Princeton to Seattle, from Honolulu to Ann Arbor, and Silver
Spring to Juneau, the men and women of NOAA are providing services
and addressing the critical issues that Americans face every
- We are an agency that
deals with environmental change.
- We are experts in climate,
with its cooling and warming trends.
- We are an agency that
manages fluctuating fisheries and marine mammal populations.
- We observe, forecast
and warn the public about the rapidly changing atmosphere and
especially severe weather.
- We monitor currents
and tides, and beach erosion.
- We survey the ocean
bottom and provide mariners products to maintain safe navigation.
- We operate the nation's
most important constellation of earth observing satellites.
Through our website, we provide a voyage of knowledge
and exploration to Americans everywhere, and especially to schools
and young people across our Nation.
This FY 2002 Budget Request
strongly supports NOAA's commitment to advancing our environmental
assessment/prediction and natural resource stewardship missions.
This budget supports our infrastructure to allow NOAA to continue
its mission in future years. This budget supports our research,
science and services from the local weather forecast offices
around the nation to our aircraft that fly into hurricanes and
winter storms. It provides for technology infusion, critical
infrastructure to reduce single points of failure, and it continues
our special partnerships with universities, states, and local
governments around the nation. This budget request invests in
education and human resources.
This FY 2002 budget embarks
NOAA into the 21st century and our second thirty years. Under
the leadership of Secretary of Commerce Donald L. Evans, we are
confident that our team of meteorologists, oceanographers, marine
biologists, computer scientists, climatologists and other professionals
will do an even greater job of serving the American people.
We greatly appreciate
the support that the Congress and our constituents have provided
NOAA in the past. And, we are proud to provide the FY 2002 program
for your NOAA.
Scott B. Gudes
Acting Under Secretary
for Oceans and Atmosphere
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Acting Administrator, NOAA
Deputy Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce