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FY-Eye: Where Will Obama Lead NOAA?

By Ed O'Keefe

If you're looking for a good source for online weather information, make sure to get an Eyeful of the Capital Weather Gang, The Post's blog about all things weather. Andrew Freedman, one member of the 13-member gang, writes today about the future of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency that he states is set to enter a "rebuilding phase."

Writes Freedman:

Following a turbulent eight years under President Bush, which featured allegations of political interference with NOAA scientific research, as well as cost overruns on a major environmental satellite program, the next few years are slated to be a rebuilding phase for NOAA; similar to a sports franchise that has hit a rough patch and needs an infusion of new talent and a morale boost. The question is whether the agency will come out a winner next season, or if it will struggle under new management. Much of that depends on who is selected to run the agency.

Following conversations with NOAA veterans and observers, Freedman reports several names under consideration to lead the agency: Former interior secretary Bruce Babbitt, President of the National Academy of Sciences Ralph Cicerone, CEO of Monterey Aquarium Research Institute Marsha McNutt, Oregon State University marine biologist and zoologist Jane Lubchenco, Dean of the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and co-director of a forthcoming World Bank report on climate change and development Rosina Bierbaum, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research Warren Washington, dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering Michael S. Bruno, director of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Richard Anthes and Eileen Shea, currently the director of a NOAA center in Hawaii.

Freedman also notes that "the press has been paying scant attention to the matter of who may be chosen to be the next NOAA administrator. That's understandable, since heading up the agency is not the most glamorous A-list job in Washington." While that may be true, The Eye appreciates Andrew's expert analysis of who could lead this key agency. Peruse his report when you have a moment.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 8, 2008; 3:20 PM ET
Categories:  FY-Eye  
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