Noaa corporate office nominations


How long did it take to complete the accomplishment? When was the accomplishment completed/implemented/deployed?



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How long did it take to complete the accomplishment? When was the accomplishment completed/implemented/deployed?

The Hurricane Liaison Team was activated for over 50 days this past season (~25 is normal), for six U.S. tropical cyclone impacts during the period of July through October.





  • What is the short-term impact (1-2 years) of the accomplishment on the bureau and/or Department=s mission?

The NWS service and support as part of the HLT enhance the effectiveness of the mission of to save lives and property. Additionally, the HLT member’s work helps solidify Federal, State and Local partnerships by opening a channel to get the most up-to-date and highest quality of information. This helps build the confidence and utilization of the NHC and NWS organizations.




  • What is the long-term impact (3-5 years) of the accomplishment on the bureau and/or Department=s mission?

Providing key decision makers the information and tools to take informed actions will have a cumulative positive economic effect. This will mitigate the future cost of storms by minimizing the economic impacts of natural disasters and decreasing the loss of life.




  • Does the accomplishment affect other bureaus/Department or other Federal agencies? If so, how?

The HLT provided other federal agencies timely and critical hydrometeorological interpretation for preparedness and response; DHS/FEMA in the evaluation of risk and DOT/FHWA in support of evacuation coordination.




  • Did the accomplishment result in a major advancement in science, technology, or automation? If so, how?

The HLT communicates with federal agencies and hurricane vulnerable states simultaneously using VTC. The technology for a VTC is not new, but the application is key. The HLT is able to give one briefing to everyone from the White House on down to affected States, balancing the need to inform with economies in time spent collaborating, thus giving interested parties more time to act. These VTCs provide effective and consistent communication of hydrometeorological analysis and risk. Everyone involved is able to ask questions, hear responses, thus expanding the effectiveness and reach of the briefing.




  • Did the accomplishment result in a major advancement in non-scientific areas such as customer service or administrative support? If so, how?

HLT members worked hundreds of extra hours, subordinating their normal duties for their local offices to enhance operational services and meet the national need. The information provided to evacuation decision making officials by the NWS through the HLT provided a clear and confident voice regarding the forecast and potential. 


Mike Asmus Group

NWS

Nomination #55

(Originally submitted as Hurricane Katrina nomination)
1. Type of Award: Bronze
2. Nomination Type: Group
4. Name of Nominee: Mike Asmus

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: AS-mus

Title: Cooperative/Surface Program Manager

Series and Grade: GS-1341-12
Name of Nominee: David Billingsley

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: BILL-ings-lee

Title: Chief, Scientific Services

Series and Grade: GS-1340-15
Name of Nominee: Kandis Boyd

Salutation: Ms

Pronunciation: CAN-diss Boyd

Title: Hydrology Program Manager

Series and Grade: GS-1315-13
Name of Nominee: Martin Garcia

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: gar-SEE-ah

Title: Electronics Program Manager

Series and Grade: GS-2210-13
Name of Nominee: Kenneth Graham

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: GRAY-hum

Title: Chief, Systems Operations

Series and Grade: GS-1340-15
Name of Nominee: Charlie Lake

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: As written

Title: Regional Systems Specialist

Series and Grade: GS-0856-12
Name of Nominee: Gary Petroski

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: pah-TROS-kee

Title: IT/Security Program Manager

Series and Grade: GS-2210-13
Name of Nominee: Joe Villescaz

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: vee-YES-kez

Title: Regional Systems Specialist

Series and Grade: GS-0856-12
Complete office address:

National Weather Service Southern Region Headquarters

819 Taylor St. Rm 10A03

Fort Worth, TX 76102
Name of Nominee: Don Allen

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: As written

Title: Facilities Engineering Technician

Series and Grade: GS-0802-11
Name of Nominee: Jim McDaniel

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: mac-DAN-yell

Title: Regional Maintenance Specialist

Series and Grade: GS-0856-12
Name of Nominee: Alvin Ruffin

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: RUFF-in

Title: Supervisory Facilities Engineering Technician

Series and Grade: GS-0802-12
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

3401 Northern Cross Blvd.

Fort Worth, TX 76137-3610
Name of Nominee: Keith De Armas

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: de-ARM-us

Title: Facilities Engineering Technician

Series and Grade: GS-0802-11
Name of Nominee: Larry Tennison

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: TEN-eh-son

Title: Regional Maintenance Specialist

Series and Grade: GGS-0856-12
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

62300 Airport Rd.

Slidell, LA 70460-5243
Name of Nominee: Steve Duaime

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: doo-am-e

Title: Electronic Technician

Series and Grade: GS-0856-11
Name of Nominee: Danny Dowden

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: DOW-den

Title: Electronic Systems Analyst

Series and Grade: GS-2210-13
Name of Nominee: Kent Kuyper

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: KIE-per

Title: Forecaster

Series and Grade: GS-1340-13

Name of Nominee: Ricky Guidry

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: GID-rey

Title: Electronic Technician

Series and Grade: GS-0856-11
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

500 Airport Blvd. #115

Lake Charles, LA 706-0699
Name of Nominee: Dan Collis

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: KAL-is

Title: Falicities Engineering Technician

Series and Grade: GS-0802-11
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

4 Falcon Dr.

Peachtree City, GA 30269
Name of Nominee: Brian Read

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: As written

Title: Electronic Systems Analyst

Series and Grade: GS-2210-13
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

2090 Airport Rd.

New Braunfels, TX 78130
Name of Nominee: Curtis McAfee

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: mac-AH-fee

Title: Electronic Technician

Series and Grade: GS-0856-11
Name of Nominee: Daniel Byrd

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: Bird

Title: Forecaster

Series and Grade: GS-1340-12
Name of Nominee: Mike Ryan

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: RYE-an

Title: Electronic Systems Analyst

Series and Grade: GS-2210-13
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

234 Weather Service Dr.

Jackson, MS 39232
Name of Nominee: Larry Van Bussum

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: van-BUSS-uhm

Title: Fire Weather Operations Coordinator

Series and Grade: GS-1340-13
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

3833 S. Development Ave.

Boise, ID 83705-5354
Name of Nominee: Roger Ducharme

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: doo-CHARM-eh

Title: Electronic Technician

Series and Grade: GS-0856-12
Complete office address:

National Weather Service Eastern Region Headquarters

630 Johnson Ave. Suite 202

Bohemia, NY 11716-2618
Name of Nominee: Lee Smith

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: As written

Title: Facilities Engineering Technician

Series and Grade: GS-0802-11
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

732 Woodlane Rd.

Mt. Holly, NJ 08060
Name of Nominee: Leslie Day

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: LEZ-ly Day

Title: Facilities Engineering Technician

Series and Grade: GS-0802-11
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

32 Dawes Dr.

Johnson City, NY 13790
Name of Nominee: Tim Weiler

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: WHILE-er

Title: Facilities Engineering Technician

Series and Grade: GS-0802-11
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

44087 Weather Service Rd.

Sterling, VA 20166-2001
Name of Nominee: Greg Meffert

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: MEFF-ert

Title: Forecaster

Series and Grade: GS-1340-12
Name of Nominee: William Whitlock

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: WIT-lock

Title: Electronic Systems Analyst

Series and Grade: GS-2210-13
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

8250 Kentucky Highway

West Paducah, KY 42086-9762
Name of Nominee: Alan Johnson

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: As written

Title: Electronics Technician

Series and Grade: GS-0856-11
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

5250 E. Lee Bird Drive

North Platte, NE 69101-2473
Name of Nominee: Robert Baye

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: Bay

Title: Electronics Technician

Series and Grade: GS-0856-11
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

300 E. Signal Dr.

Rapid City, SD 57701-3800
Name of Nominee: Michael Gill

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: As written

Title: Electronics Technician

Series and Grade: GS-0856-11
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

2142 S. Tyler Road

Wichita, KS 67209-3016
Name of Nominee: Terrell Ballard

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: BAL-ard

Title: Lead Electronics Technician

Series and Grade: GS-0856-13
Name of Nominee: Franklin Hewins

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: HEW-ins

Title: Electronics Technician

Series and Grade: GS-0856-12
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Radar Operations Center

1200 Westheimer Dr.

Norman, OK 73069-7902


Name of Nominee: Richard Davis

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: As written

Title: Senior Forecaster

Series and Grade: GS-1340-13
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

2525 14th Ave. S.E.

Ruskin, FL 33570
Name of Nominee: Thomas Bird

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: As written

Title: Senior Forecaster

Series and Grade: GS-1340-13
Complete office address;

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

7950 Airport Rd.

Santa Teresa, NM 88008
Name of Nominee: Jon Pelton

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: PELL-ton

Title: Forecaster

Series and Grade: GS-1340-12
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

1329 Airport Road

Jackson, KY 41339
Name of Nominee: Greg Murdoch

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: mur-dock

Title: Senior Forecaster

Series and Grade: GS-1340-13

Name of Nominee: Eric Platt

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: As written

Title: Senior Forecaster

Series and Grade: GS-1340-13
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

2500 Challenger Dr.

Midland, TX 79706-2606
Name of Nominee: Joe Goudsward

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: GOODS-ward

Title: Senior Forecaster

Series and Grade: GS-1340-13
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

8400 Remount Rd.

North Little Rock, AR 72118
Name of Nominee: Brent Wachter

Salutation: Mr

Pronunciation: WATCH-er

Title: Forecaster

Series and Grade: GS-1340-12
Complete office address:

National Weather Service

Weather Forecast Office

2341 Clark Carr Loop SE

Albuquerque, NM 87106-5633
5. Other National Weather Service Awards:

Thomas Bird DOC Bronze 2004

Richard Davis DOC Bronze 2004

Greg Murdoch DOC Bronze 2004

6. Current Performance Rating: All Pass
7. Nominator=s Name, Title, complete office address, and phone number:
X. William Proenza, Director

NWS Southern Region

819 Taylor Street, Room 10A03

Fort Worth, TX 76102

817-978-1000


What is the significance of this accomplishment? (200 characters)

This group deployed to the Katrina devastated region performing emergency repairs to critical equipment and facilities and providing emergency weather support to recovery teams in the area.


I. Certificate Text: (150 characters).

For providing selfless service and support to recovery efforts in the region devastated by Hurricane Katrina.



II. Justification:
Section 1 - Definitions:
Section 2 - Award Justification: (cannot exceed 2000.)


  • What was the specific goal, challenge or problem related to the Department=s mission/or Strategic Plan?

Restoration of critical facilities and equipment and weather support for recovery teams in the field support Strategic Goal 3, Objective 3.1, “…to predict changes in the environment…to meet economic, social, and environmental needs.”


  • What was the context in which the nominee addressed the goal, challenge, or problem?

The group deployed to the region devastated by Katrina. There was widespread and devastating destruction. The closest open gas station or grocery store was almost 100 miles away. The only communications with the rest of the world was very limited through ham radio operators and some satellite circuits. The group had to endure these adverse working conditions, power outages, communications outages, lack of lodging accommodations, and scarcity of food and water while performing repair work and providing support for recovery teams.



  • What specific actions did the nominee take to address the goal, challenge or problem?

Members of the group provided various services according to their individual skills. Facilities technicians repaired damaged buildings, electrical systems, water systems, etc. Electronics personnel repaired damaged electronic equipment, communications equipment and observational equipment. Meteorologists used special mobile workstations to provide critical weather forecast support to recovery teams operating in the area. Others transported fuel, food, and water from distant locations to support the workers remaining in the area.



  • What were the results of the actions in either quantifiable or qualitative terms.

Actions and support provided by the group enabled on site NOAA employees to continue providing services and restoration of critical facilities and equipment was expedited despite adverse conditions. Weather forecast and advisory support provided to recovery teams facilitated rescue activities ongoing in the area.
Section 3 - Additional Information: (cannot exceed 2000.)


  • How long did it take to complete the accomplishment? When was the accomplishment completed/implemented/deployed?

First members of the group deployed on August 31, 2005 and support continued through October 28, 2005.


  • What is the short-term impact (1-2 years) of the accomplishment on the bureau and/or Department=s mission?

The actions of this group have set the standard for on-site recovery support for NOAA facilities and employees after a natural disaster. In the near term, lessons learned will enable better positioning of emergency supplies and equipment to facilitate even faster recovery activities following major disasters.



  • What is the long-term impact (3-5 years) of the accomplishment on the bureau and/or Department=s mission?

Lessons learned during the repair and recovery effort will lead to further hardening of facilities in coastal areas, additional emergency power supplies for critical equipment and infrastructure support, e.g. water systems, and improved communication redundancy.



  • Does the accomplishment affect other bureaus/Department or other Federal agencies? If so, how?

Support was provide to many recovery teams in the area including the U.S. Army, the National Guard, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, Red Cross, Salvation Army, FEMA, and many independent first responders who came into the area from across the country.



  • Did the accomplishment result in a major advancement in science, technology, or automation? If so, how?

New data handling procedures developed “on-the-fly” during the recovery support will enable communication of vital environmental information via satellite and Internet systems during future major communications outages.



  • Did the accomplishment result in a major advancement in non-scientific areas such as customer service or administrative support? If so, how?

Deployment of on-site tactical meteorological support provided critical information to recovery teams and first responders dealing with a major disaster. This new procedure for providing weather and hydrologic support on-site during high impact events will become the preferred method of operation for the NWS.
Randy Rieman Group

NWS

Nomination #56

(Originally submitted as Hurricane Katrina nomination)
1. Type of Award: Hurricane Katrina Bronze
2. Nomination Type: Group

4. Name of Nominee: Randy Rieman

Salutation: Mr.

Pronunciation: REE-man

Title: Hydrologist

Series and Grade: GS-1315-14
Name of Nominee: John F. Kuhn

Salutation: Mr.

Pronunciation: KOON

Title: Hydrologist

Series and Grade: GS-1315-13
Name of Nominee: Jeffrey Zimmerman

Salutation: Mr.


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