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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...COMMENT REQUEST...AMENDED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC 235 PM EDT MON MAY 3 2004

TO:

FAMILY OF SERVICES /FOS/ SUBSCRIBERS

NOAA WEATHER WIRE SERVICE /NWWS/ SUBSCRIBERS

EMERGENCY MANAGERS WEATHER INFORMATION NETWORK

/EMWIN/ SUBSCRIBERS

NOAAPORT SUBSCRIBERS

OTHER NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ CUSTOMERS...PARTNERS AND

EMPLOYEES

FROM:

EDWARD JOHNSON OFFICE OF STRATEGIC PLANNING AND POLICY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS

SUBJECT: AMENDED: NOAA/NWS PROPOSED POLICY ON PARTNERSHIPS IN THE PROVISION OF WEATHER...WATER...CLIMATE AND RELATED ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION: PUBLIC COMMENT EXTENDED FROM MAY 14 2004 TO JUNE 30 3004

REFER TO: PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT SENT FEBRUARY 19 2004...SIMILAR SUBJECT

ON FEBRUARY 19 2004...THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION /NOAA/ SENT OUT A PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT ANNOUNCING A PERIOD OF PUBLIC COMMENT ON ADOPTING A POLICY REGARDING THE INFORMATION ACTIVITIES OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ AND POTENTIALLY OTHER NOAA PROGRAMS. THIS NEW PROPOSED POLICY IS INTENDED TO STRENGTHEN THE EXISTING PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN GOVERNMENT...ACADEMIA AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR... WHICH PROVIDES THE NATION WITH HIGH QUALITY WEATHER... WATER...CLIMATE AND RELATED ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION.

THE PERIOD DURING WHICH COMMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED IS BEING EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 30 2004 TO ALLOW A MORE COMPLETE DIALOGUE ON THE PROPOSED POLICY.

THE PROPOSED POLICY RESPONDS TO RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL'S /NRC'S / STUDY "FAIR WEATHER: EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS IN WEATHER AND CLIMATE SERVICES". THE NRC STUDY IDENTIFIED THE NEED FOR A POLICY THAT WOULD RECOGNIZE ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY AND THE ENACTMENT OF RELEVANT LAWS AND POLICIES...PARTICULARLY THE PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT OF 1996...44 USC PART 45...AND OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET /OMB/ CIRCULAR NO. A-130..."MANAGEMENT OF FEDERAL INFORMATION RESOURCES"...61 FR 6428 /FEBRUARY 20 1996...WHICH OCCURRED SUBSEQUENT TO THE PREVIOUS NWS PARTNERSHIP POLICY ISSUED IN 1991.

SEE BELOW FOR ONLINE AVAILABILITY OF THE NRC STUDY AND OMB CIRCULAR NO. A-130.

YOU MAY ACCESS THE DRAFT NOAA/NWS POLICY STATEMENT AND PROVIDE COMMENTS UNTIL MAY 14 2004 AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESS /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/:

HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/FAIRWEATHER/POLICY.PHP
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE NOAA/NWS POLICY IS AVAILABLE AT /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/:
HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/FAIRWEATHER/
NRC'S STUDY "FAIR WEATHER: EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS IN WEATHER AND CLIMATE SERVICES" WAS PUBLISHED IN 2003 BY THE NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS...AND IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/:
HTTP://BOOKS.NAP.EDU/CATALOG/10610.HTML/
OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET /OMB/ CIRCULAR NO. A-130..."MANAGEMENT OF FEDERAL INFORMATION RESOURCES"...61 FR 6428...DATED FEBRUARY 20 1996... IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/:
HTTP://WWW.WHITEHOUSE.GOV/OMB/CIRCULARS/A130/A130TRANS4.HTML/
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS...CONTACT:
PETER WEISS OFFICE OF STRATEGIC PLANNING AND POLICY SILVER SPRING MARYLAND PHONE: 301-713-0258...EXT 142
NATIONAL PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS ARE ONLINE AT /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/:
HTTPS://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/NOTIFICATION/ARCHIVE
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