Statement of Dr. Jane Lubchenco on the National Academy of Public Administration Study on NOAA Climate Service

September 14, 2010

Today, NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco issued the following statement about the National Academy of Public Administration’s study on a NOAA Climate Service:

Last fall, the U.S. Congress asked the National Academy of Public Administration, or NAPA, to assist NOAA with “a study and analysis of the organizational options for a National Climate Service within NOAA, emphasizing maximum effectiveness and efficiency.” 

Today, I am pleased to report that the expert panel commissioned by NAPA has completed its study and released its final report to NOAA and Congress. The panel stated that it “strongly supports the creation of a NOAA Climate Service to be established as a line office in NOAA.”  Among its more than two dozen recommendations, the report calls on NOAA to play a leadership role in the coordination and delivery of climate science and services across the federal family. It also provides guidance on internal reorganization options and specific strategies to ensure successful implementation.

This study provides the final recommendations of the ten-member panel who, over the course of six months, drew upon a wealth of supporting information about NOAA’s existing climate science and services and extensive input from interviews, roundtables, and on-line dialogues with NOAA staff, local, state and federal agencies, congressional staff, the academic community and other key climate stakeholders. NOAA greatly appreciates the significant amount of time and thoughtful input provided by everyone who contributed to the study. NOAA looks forward to working with all of them in the future as the NOAA climate science and service portfolio continues to evolve.

On behalf of everyone at NOAA, I offer heartfelt  thanks to the NAPA panel members and staff for their careful and thorough review of the organizational options for establishing a Climate Service within NOAA.

NOAA will closely review and consider all of the recommendations and observations contained in the report in the coming weeks. They will be of great value as the Department of Commerce and NOAA continue to develop and refine the proposal to establish a new Climate Service within NOAA. This new line office will combine the agency’s world-class climate science and technical capabilities with an evolving capacity for sustained engagement with decision makers to develop, deliver and communicate climate services. I look forward to working with all of NOAA’s partners to advance the process to establish the new NOAA Climate Service.

Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator