Value to Society

The OCFO provides significant value to society through careful budgeting, robust internal controls and financial management as well as strong accountability for our performance and “return on investment” to the American people.  NOAA’s budget reflects a thoughtful balance of priorities that are thoroughly justified to advance the Administration’s vision for the Nation. Once enacted, the OCFO ensures the budget is executed in accordance with congressional direction, taxpayer dollars are appropriately and lawfully spent, and waste, fraud and abuse are eliminated. The OCFO is also a good steward of taxpayer funds through accurate financial systems.  Due in no small measure to these effective management practices, NOAA is able to detail in the reports below the enormous benefit the agency contributes to the economy and in keeping Americans out of harm’s way.   

Economic Valuation Guide for R&D

This guide contains a preliminary (pre-pilot) strategic approach to the economic valuation of NOAA's Research and Development portfolio. Its aim is to provide direction on applying economic valuation consistently and accurately, and to provide a common framework for addressing the challenges encountered in the economic valuation of NOAA's R&D portfolio. (January 2021)

New Statistics on the US Ocean Economy

America's Marine Economy Infographic highlights statistics developed by NOAA and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  This story map link offsite link highlights some key findings from the first-of-its-kind ocean economic statistics report. (June 2020)

A Practical Guide for Natural Hazard Risk Communication

This guide presents a proactive, step-by-step approach that staff across all of NOAA’s line offices can use to communicate risk and uncertainty, with a focus on how to convey risk information to stakeholders outside the agency. To help NOAA personnel communicate effectively, the guide references and draws on available NOAA risk communication tools, protocols, and models, and other sources as needed. (July 2019)

Natural Hazard Risk Communication Executive Summary

This document summarizes the Practical Guide for Natural Hazard Risk Communication. Communicating natural hazard risk and uncertainty is critical to delivering on a central tenet of NOAA’s mission: to share knowledge and information with others. Across the nation, organizations, businesses, communities, and individuals use NOAA’s research, data, and knowledge every day. These entities depend on NOAA’s climate predictions, weather forecasts and warnings, navigational information, Earth observations, and other data to plan and inform their activities and to make critical decisions. (July 2019)

NOAA by the Numbers

NOAA by the Numbers is a collection of data and economic statistics relevant to NOAA’s mission and programs that highlights the agency’s substantial contributions to the U.S. economy. (June 2018)

NOAA’s Contribution to the Economy

NOAA’s Contribution to the Economy builds upon NOAA by the Numbers by providing a comprehensive narrative of the Agency’s influence in promoting national security, safety, and economic prosperity. (June 2018)

NOAA Protects Every American

Across America, NOAA’s footprint is deep and profound. NOAA touches the lives of all Americans and affects nearly every sector of our economy. In fulfilling this vast mission, NOAA creates enormous economic value.  NOAA Protects Every American offsite link highlights NOAA's work in this area. (July 2017)

Social Science 2016 Annual Report

The NOAA Social Science Vision and Strategy - 2016 Annual Report presents the Social Sciences achievements and highlights four stories on how NOAA uses social sciences to achieve the agency’s mission. (August 2016)

Natural Hazard Risk Communication and Behavior: Best Practices and Research Findings 

This report presents a summary of risk communication and behavior literature related to hazards relevant to NOAA’s mission, and provides recommendations for implementation and future research. (July 2016)