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FEDERAL EXECUTIVE TO RECEIVE PRESIDENTIAL AWARD
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that Dr. Eddie Bernard, director of NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle will receive the 2002 Presidential rank of Meritorious Executive Award. This award is presented to senior federal executives committed to excellence in public service. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Each year the president confers the rank of Distinguished Executive and Meritorious Executive on a select group of career members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) who have provided exceptional service to the American people. These senior executives are outstanding leaders, who consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry, and a relentless commitment to public service. Through their personal conduct and results-oriented leadership, they have earned and kept a high degree of public confidence and trust. Executives from across federal government are nominated by their agency leaders, evaluated by citizen panels, and then designated by the president.
Bernard, is a native of Beaumont, Texas and currently resides in Bellevue, Wash. He is being recognized for 20 years of extraordinary accomplishments in developing a world-class oceanographic laboratory.
“Dr. Bernard‘s vision, leadership, integrity and commitment to public service enable NOAA to deliver an impressive array of subsurface ocean observations. He led development and installation of the world’s largest oceanographic monitoring system to detect the onset, duration and dissipation of El Niño. Dr Bernard helped in understanding coupling of environmental information with biological data to forecast fish abundance, and his discovery of deep water volcanic eruption uncovered microbes never before seen. He also led implementation of a state/federal partnership to mitigate tsunamis,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.
One NOAA executive will receive the Distinguished Executive award.
Nine NOAA executives will receive separate Meritorious Executive awards.
NOAA studies the Earth’s natural systems in order to predict environmental change, manage ocean resources, protect life and property, and provide decision makers with reliable scientific information. The agency’s goals and programs reflect a commitment to these basic responsibilities of science and service to the nation for 32 years. NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.
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