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FEDERAL EXECUTIVE TO RECEIVE PRESIDENTIAL AWARD
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that Dr. David J. Hofmann, director of NOAA’s Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory in Boulder, Colo., 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 the federal government are nominated by their agency leaders, evaluated by citizen panels, and then designated by the president.
Hofmann, is a native of Albany, Minn. and currently resides in Boulder, Colo. He is being recognized for outstanding leadership in directing the only U.S. laboratory dedicated to long-term, climate-related observations, in particular greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide.
“Under David’s direction, NOAA’s global network of greenhouse gas measurement sites expanded to over 55 locations - the most important and heavily relied upon network in the world. David’s leadership has significantly raised the level of understanding of important carbon cycle research for Members of Congress and other policymakers. Much of his own insight comes from working in the field with scientists from Alaska to the South Pole,” 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.
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