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The Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today that Eldon Hout will become director of the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM). OCRM, an office within NOAA National Ocean Service (NOAA Oceans and Coasts), is a leader on the nation's coastal, estuarine and ocean management issues and carries out NOAA’s Coastal Zone Management Act administrative responsibilities.

Hout is currently based in Silver Spring, Md., serving as NOAA’s coastal coordinator at the Coastal Services Center. Hout served as the first manager of NOAA's Pacific Services Center (PSC) in Honolulu, Hawaii from Feb. 2001 to Aug. 2002. The PSC was created as a service/customer oriented facility providing information needs, technology, management and training solutions to the U.S. Pacific Islands (Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas) coastal management programs, natural resource management and planning agencies.

Prior to joining NOAA, Hout was the manager of Oregon's Coastal Ocean Program, rounding out a 27-year career with the state’s Department of Land Conservation and Development. Hout has represented six Oregon governors on various national committees. He is a past chairman of the Coastal State Organization, worked for the Oregon Legislature as executive assistant to the Senate Committee on Environment and Energy and as executive secretary of the Joint Legislative Committee on Land Use.

Hout is a former elected official serving as a county commissioner in Washington County, Ore., from 1967 to 1974. He was an assistant professor of political science, and chairman, legal and governmental services at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore.

Hout earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University, a master’s degree in international relations from Tufts University - Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Harvard University - Kennedy School of Government.

Hout is a fifth generation Oregonian, born in Corvallis. He is married with four grown children, and four grandchildren.

The Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (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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