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Alan Neuschatz, former associate assistant administrator for management and chief financial officer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Ocean Service has received the Presidential Rank Award for his significant managerial accomplishments.

Recently retired, Neuschatz, implemented a substantial business reform at the National Ocean Service. Serving as an important instrument of change, he established clear management controls and implemented a fair, transparent and predictable system for funding overhead. This lead to a total restructure of financial and administrative support functions across the country.

The Presidential Rank Award is a prestigious award given to a select group of senior federal executives who have provided exceptional service to the American people.

“NOAA is proud that Alan’s work helped to advance NOAA’s mission by creating a strong and efficient financial system within the National Ocean Service,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “He is well deserving of this prestigious award.”

Neuschatz served over 40 years in three federal government agencies before his retirement from NOAA in 2004.

“Receiving the Presidential Rank Award is a great way to honor Alan’s many accomplishments during his tenure with the National Ocean Service,” said Assistant Administrator of the National Ocean Service, Richard W. Spinrad, Ph.D. “This award pays tribute to his hard work and dedication.”

NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through research to better understand atmospheric and climate variability and to manage wisely our nation’s coastal and marine resources.

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