NOAA's Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs plays a critical role in preparing NOAA witnesses for Congressional hearings and coordinating with Congressional Committees. Over the last two Congresses, NOAA has participated in a number of hearings across a broad array of topics that touch on NOAA's mission. See below for more information on each hearing and links to recordings and our testimony.
Intergovernmental Affairs Briefing Slides on NOAA's Impact-based Decision Support Services - On December 8, 2022, NOAA Administrator Dr. Rick Spinrad and National Weather Service Director Ken Graham provided an intergovernmental affairs briefing webinar entitled: Extreme Weather and Climate Preparedness: Innovative ways NOAA supports decision makers in state, local, and tribal communities. Download the slides below:
118th Congress (2023-2024)
Senate Commerce Committee on Satellite-based Earth Observations: On Thursday, December 1, the Subcommittee on Space and Science of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened a hearing titled Landsat at 50 & the Future of U.S. Satellite-based Earth Observation. This subcommittee hearing highlighted critical Earth Observation (EO) data provided by NOAA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the United States Geological Survey, which recently celebrated Landsat’s 50th Anniversary. The hearing also discussed the rise of commercial providers and improving access to EO data to spur economic growth. Finally, the hearing highlighted EO value-added services enabling precision agriculture, improved city planning, water management, wildland fire prevention and detection, and disaster response. Dr. Steve Volz, Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services, testified for NOAA.
House Science Committee on the Next Generation of Weather Satellites: On Wednesday, September 21, the Subcommittee on the Environment and the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a joint hearing titled “Looking Back to Predict the Future: The Next Generation of Weather Satellites.” NESDIS Assistant Administrator Dr. Stephen Volz will provide testimony with other testimony provided by John Gagosian from NASA and Fred Meny from the Audit and Evaluation Department from the Department of Commerce.
House Science Committee on Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks: On Thursday, June 23, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Subcommittees on Research and Technology and on the Environment will hold a hearing to examine the Federal programs focused on monitoring, measuring, and verifying sources and sinks of greenhouse gasses (GHGs). Dr. Ariel Stein, Director of NOAA’s Air Monitoring Lab and Acting Director of NOAA’s Global Monitoring Laboratory will be the NOAA witness. Other witnesses include representatives from NIST, EPA and NASA.
House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis: On Thursday, June 9, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis will hold a hearing titled “Turning the Tide for Ocean Climate Action: Unleashing the Climate Benefits of Our Blue Planet.” NOAA Administrator Dr. Rick Spinrad provided testimony.
House Science Committee on Findings of the IPCC: On Thursday, April 28, the House Science, Space, & Technology Committee held a hybrid hearing titled “Now or Never: The Urgent Need for Ambitious Climate Action.” The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report. Ko Barrett, Vice-Chair of the IPCC and NOAA”s Senior Advisor for Climate, testified.
Hawaii State House of Representatives Legislative Hearing: On Tuesday, March 29, the Hawaii State House of Representatives’ Committee on Land & Water held a legislative hearing on the following bill: HCR 36/HR 31- Requesting the University of Hawai’i to Work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Department of Education to Create a Coral Reef Advisory Team of Youth
House Natural Resources Legislative Hearing: On Thursday, March 17, the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife held a legislative hearing on the following bills:
- H.R. 6491 - the Salmon FISH Act
- H.R. 3431 - the Increasing Community Access to Resiliency Grants Act
- H.R. 6987 - the Protecting our Marine Mammals Act
- H.R. 665 - the Alaska Salmon Research Task Force Act
- H.R. 6785 - the Right Whale Coexistence Act.
Janet Coit, Assistant Administrator of NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, and Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, testified.
House Science Committee Hearing on Federal Climate Resilience: On Tuesday, March 7 the full House Science, Space, & Technology Committee held a virtual hearing titled “Federal Climate Adaptation and Resilience for the 21st Century.” The purpose of the hearing was to evaluate the Federal Government’s vulnerability to climate change, as well as the status of ongoing efforts to promote greater climate adaptation and resilience throughout Federal agency programs, operations and facilities. NOAA Administrator Dr. Richard Spinrad testified on how NOAA is preparing and adapting our facilities and work for the impacts of climate change, and how NOAA’s climate products and services support other agencies to prepare and adapt to climate change.
House Science Subcommittee on Environment Hearing on Natural Infrastructure: On Wednesday, March 2 at 10am, the House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology, Subcommittee on Environment will hold a virtual hearing titled “From Gray to Green: Advancing the Science of Nature-Based Infrastructure”. The purpose of the hearing is to examine the research gaps in our understanding of the long-term benefits of nature-based infrastructure compared to equivalent gray infrastructure strategies. The panel will include NCCOS Director, Dr. Steve Thur.
House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Legislative Hearing: On Thursday, January 20, 2022, House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife held a legislative hearing on nine bills, including H.R. 3540 (Rep. John Sarbanes, D-MD), the Chesapeake Bay Science, Education, and Ecosystem Enhancement Act of 2021 and H.R. 4057 (Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-CA), the Albatross and Petrel Conservation Act. NOAA submitted a statement for the record.
A Task of EPIC Proportions: Reclaiming U.S. Leadership in Weather Modeling and Prediction
Oversight of NOAA’s Report on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing
Space Weather: Advancing Research, Monitoring, and Forecasting Capabilities
Feeding America: Making Sustainable Offshore Aquaculture a Reality
Fishery Failures: Improving the Disaster Declaration and Relief Process
Field Hearing - Weathering the Storm: Improving Hurricane Resiliency through Research
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's FY 2020 Budget Request
The Future of Forecasting: Building a Stronger U.S. Weather Enterprise
The Emerging Space Environment: Operational, Technical, and Policy Challenges
The Cost of Doing Nothing: Maritime Infrastructure Vulnerabilities in an Emerging Arctic
House Natural Resources Committee, Legislative Hearing
A Review of the NOAA FY2020 Budget Request
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2020
Ensuring U.S. Global Leadership on the Final Frontier
Examining the Threats to the North Atlantic Right Whale
Understanding the Changing Climate System, and the Role of Climate Research