Laura Furgione named as acting assistant administrator of NOAA's National Weather Service

May 25, 2012

I write to announce that on Tuesday May 29, Laura Furgione will take on the role of Acting Assistant Administrator for the National Weather Service (NWS).

Laura has been part of the NOAA family for almost 20 years, most recently serving as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for NWS and the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Program Planning and Integration. As most of you know, Laura spent many years in Alaska, where she was the Director of the NWS Alaska Region.  As Director, she was responsible for all operational and scientific climatological, meteorological, hydrological, volcanic ash and tsunami warning programs for the state of Alaska and its surrounding waters.

Laura has been instrumental in advancing a comprehensive NOAA strategy in the Arctic, examining ways to improve NOAA workforce planning, and spearheading the complete redesign of how NOAA does strategic planning agency wide. As I have come to know Laura, I have appreciated her thoughtfulness, her dedication to the NOAA mission, and her ability to get things done. I think she will be a strong leader and skilled steward of the NWS organization. Please join me in congratulating her and thanking her for taking on this new role.

Laura is taking over this vital position from Dr. Jack Hayes who announced today that he is retiring from NOAA. Under his watch, the National Weather Service has pursued a number of important advancements that have resulted and will continue to result in lives saved throughout the country. I commend his accomplishments and thank him for his service.  We wish him well in all his future endeavors.

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