Summary: H.R.50 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/04/2005)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Act - Reestablishes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the Department of Commerce (DOC), headed by an Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere who shall serve as the Administrator of NOAA.

Establishes within NOAA the positions of: (1) Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere; (2) Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere; (3) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere; (4) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Technology, Education, and Outreach; and (5) General Counsel.

Places within NOAA: (1) the National Weather Service; (2) programs to support operations of ongoing data collection and direct services and products regarding satellite, observations, and coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes information; (3) programs to conduct and support research and education and the development of technologies relating to weather, climate, and the coasts, oceans, and Great Lakes; and (4) a Science Advisory Board.

Requires the Administrator to develop: (1) an assessment of the adequacy of the environmental data and information systems of NOAA, including a strategic plan that sets forth modernization and improvement objectives for an integrated national environmental data access and archive system; and (2) a strategic plan for science and technology research and development (R&D) at NOAA.

Sets forth certain requirements that prohibit the Administrator from closing, consolidating, relocating, subdividing, or establishing a facility of NOAA unless there has been public notification and an assessment of any proposed changes.