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FEDERAL EXECUTIVE TO RECEIVE PRESIDENTIAL AWARD
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that Dr. Thomas R. Karl, director of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, N.C., will receive the 2002 Presidential rank of Distinguished 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.
Karl, is a native of Niles, Ill., and currently resides in Asheville, N.C. He will receive the Distinguished Executive award for his dedication to advance the scientific understanding of climate and his ability to ingeniously and efficiently provide climate and weather data to industrial and business operations.
“Dr. Karl’s leadership, management drive and communication skills, complemented by his ability to attract an increasingly diverse workforce and generate effective coalitions have been outstanding assets to NOAA and the nation. Because of his work, this country and the world are closer to meeting the 21st century challenge of simultaneously fostering economic growth and environmental stewardship,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.
Ten 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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