Noaa corporate office nominations


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



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

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Team successfully rescued captive-reared marine mammals (8 dolphins and 14 sea lions) washed out to sea when an aquarium was destroyed, and 10 wild dolphins that were washed ashore by storm surge. The Team also fielded over 200 calls from local, national and international media, thereby increasing public awareness of NOAA's stewardship responsibility for living marine resources.



Section 4 – Additional Information



  1. How long did it take to complete the accomplishment?

The rescues post-Hurricane Katrina occurred over 6 months. After Hurricane Rita, rescues occurred over a 2-week period.


When was the accomplishment completed/implemented/deployed?
The rescues were initiated within 24 hours of Hurricane Katrina with the last rescue post-Katrina on March 13, 2006, and last rescue post-Rita on October 21, 2005.



  1. What is the short-term impact (1–2 years) of the accomplishment on NOAA’s or the Department’s mission?

The short term impact was the successful rescue of 10 wild bottlenose dolphins, protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) for which NOAA is responsible. The Team also established a positive relationship with the media, which led to several long term stories on Discovery Channel and National Geographic.





  1. What is the long-term impact (3–5 years) of the accomplishment on NOAA’s or the Department’s mission?

Long-term positive impacts include: (1) the wild dolphins that were displaced by the storm surge were returned to their home waters and will continue as members of the local wild dolphin population, and (2) the 8 captive bottlenose dolphins and 14 captive California sea lions that escaped from the destroyed aquarium no longer pose a threat to wild populations for potential disease transmission and/or unwanted genetic exchange.




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

This was the first NOAA-lead rescue of captive marine mammals that were traumatically released after a hurricane. It sets a precedent for future cooperation among USDA-APHIS, the public display community, and NOAA in protecting marine mammals both in captivity and in the wild. In addition, this effort involved significant coordination with the U.S. Navy in the follow up care and treatment of the animals.





  1. Did the accomplishment result in a major advancement in science, technology, or automation?

No.




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

The Team provided significant support to the local stranding network, the public, and the marine mammal community by leading effective and rapid responses to two hurricanes that occurred in close succession. The partnerships the Team formed will tremendously enhance NOAA’s ability to successfully respond to future crises involving protected species in peril.


David Boughton Group

NMFS

Nomination #31

(Originally submitted as Silver; NIAB did not forward)
Nominees

First and Last Name, Ph.D.(if appropriate)





NOAA Fisheries Service

Position Title & Grade or Pay Band

Past Awards (e.g. Department Gold Medal)

David Boughton, Ph.D.


Southwest Fisheries Science Center


ZP-0408-3





Peter Adams, Ph.D.


Southwest Fisheries Science Center


ZP-0482-4





Churchill Grimes, Ph.D.


Southwest Fisheries Science Center


ZP–0482-5







Nominator

William T. Hogarth, Ph.D.



Assistant Administrator for Fisheries
Significance
The strong scientific foundation for recovering Endangered Species Act-listed salmonids under the first California Coastal Salmonid Monitoring Plan is generating confidence and acceptance by previously skeptical stakeholders.
Certificate Text
For building consensus among diverse stakeholders to create and implement the first California Coastal Salmonid Monitoring Plan for measuring recovery under the Endangered Species Act.
Definitions

Justification

What was the specific goal, challenge, or problem related to the Department’s mission and/or strategic plan?
Generally, the status of a population, in terms of the number of specimens increasing, decreasing, or remaining the same, is the basis for changing the status of a specific species under the Endangered Species Act. The absence of measurable recovery standards for salmonids in California fostered a lack of confidence in the recovery planning process by all stakeholders. In contrast, measurable recovery plans were implemented in the Northwest Pacific more than a decade ago. Implementing a similar plan in California was essential for NOAA to attain Pacific salmonid recovery goals.
What was the context in which the nominee(s) addressed the goal, challenge or problem?
Developing the California Salmonid Coastal Monitoring Plan was a complex and difficult process due to the differing, and sometimes conflicting, perspectives of the large number of agencies and groups involved. Creating consensus was essential for success. The process included representatives from the States of California and Oregon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and numerous other government, private, and industry groups.
What specific actions did the nominee(s) take to address the goal, challenge or problem?
The Team worked with representatives from the California Department of Fish and Game to convene two workshops for knowledgeable agency and academic scientists to generate goals and objectives for a salmonid recovery program. After reviewing existing monitoring plans in California and elsewhere on the West Coast, participants at the first workshop devised a strategy for developing monitoring program goals. Participants at the second workshop identified specific monitoring goals and requirements for individual recovery areas, including sampling methods and procedures, and species management units. With agreement to focus monitoring on sampling adult populations, the policy outputs from these workshops formed the elements of the Plan, which the Team assisted in writing.

What were the results of the actions in either quantifiable or qualitative terms?
Implementing this monitoring plan provided the strong scientific basis necessary to initiate the recovery process for California Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed salmonids. The ability to assess salmonid population status and trends is central to any change in listing under the ESA.

Additional Information

How long did it take to complete the accomplishment? When was the accomplishment completed/implemented/deployed?
This two-year process included extensive comment and review at every stage. Further, comments and revisions continued for another six months after completion of the plan in July 2005.
What is the short-term impact (1-2 years) of the accomplishment on NOAA’s or the Department’s mission?
The adroit leadership and perseverance of this Team resulted in a monitoring plan that creates a strong scientific foundation for the recovery process of the Southwest Pacific Endangered Species Act-listed salmonids, thereby creating confidence and acceptance by previously skeptical stakeholders.

What is the long-term impact (3-5 years) of the accomplishment on NOAA’s or the Department’s mission?
In the long term, the monitoring plan will impact nearly all NOAA Fisheries Service activities in the Southwest Region by providing necessary data for a range of agency activities.

Does the accomplishment affect other bureaus/Department of other Federal agencies? If so, how?
The plan also enables agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service to make more informed resource management decisions for actions, which potentially impact salmonid populations.

Did the accomplishment result in a major advancement in science, technology, or automation? If so, how?
Not applicable.

Did the accomplishment result in a major advancement in non-scientific areas such

as customer service or administrative support? If so, how?

The recognition that recovery decisions are based on a sound scientific process brings confidence and acceptance from stakeholders. Their approval is tremendously important, because ultimately it will be the stakeholders who accomplish salmonid recovery.


John Bortniak Group

NMFS

Nomination #32
Nominees

First and Last Name, Ph.D.(if appropriate)


NOAA Fisheries Service



Position Title & Grade or Pay Band

Past Awards (e.g. Department Gold Medal)

John Bortniak

Office of Management and Budget

Program Analyst

ZA-343-4

2005 Bronze


Barry Thom

Northwest Regional Office

Fish Biologist

ZP-482-4




Tiyo Fonte

Office of Management and Budget

Budget Analyst

ZA-560-4


2003 Administrator’s

Lori Budbill

Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Mgmt. & Prog. Analysis Officer

ZA-343-4





Margaret Solomon

Southeast Regional Office

Mgmt. & Prog.

Analysis Officer

ZA-343-4





John Moakley

Northeast Regional Office


Supv. Mgmt. & Prog. Analysis Officer ZA-343-5




Steven Swartz, Ph.D.

Office of Science and Technology

Fish Biologist, Mgmt. ZP-482-5





Nominator

William T. Hogarth, Ph.D.



Assistant Administrator for Fisheries
Significance
The e-AOP facilitates the ability to plan and manage resources and milestones via a web-based milestone tracking system, capabilities previously unavailable, in support of the NOAA Fisheries Service and PPBES Program managers.
Certificate Text
For developing and implementing the electronic Annual Operating Plan system for budget and performance planning, tracking, and reporting for PPBES.
Justification

What was the specific goal, challenge, or problem related to the Department’s mission and/or strategic plan?
In response to the strategic planning needs of NOAA senior management, the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution System (PPBES) was developed and implemented throughout NOAA. This sequential, phased, and overlapping process provides programmatic linkages between the corporate strategy and available and planned resources. This approach gives senior management the ability to establish high-level priorities and allocate associated resources as needed. At that time, however, the budget coding structure used by NOAA did not provide a means of categorizing resources in the terms required by the PPBES, that is, by program or capability.

What was the context in which the nominee(s) addressed the goal, challenge or problem?
Similarly, at that time current and future year resources within the NOAA Fisheries Service were allocated only along organizational lines (e.g., Line Office, Regional Office, Science Center, Headquarters Office, and Division levels). NOAA Fisheries Services’ appropriations and associated activities for which the funds were provided, or requested, could not be expressed or accounted for in terms of a specific program, such as Habitat Conservation or Protected Species, or as a program capability, such as Consultation or Fishery Plan Development, in a consistent and understandable manner. Similarly, the NOAA Fisheries Service also could not plan or report milestones by capabilities in a consistent fashion. Consequently, PPBES Program Managers within the NOAA Fisheries Service used a variety of ad hoc systems or methods to plan and track the execution of Program resources.

What specific actions did the nominee(s) take to address the goal, challenge or problem?
This Team was instrumental in conceiving, developing, testing, and deploying a first-of-its-kind, state-of-the-technology system within the NOAA Fisheries that significantly enhances the ability to plan, budget, execute, and report resources. The electronic Annual Operating Plan (e-AOP) system is unique in all of NOAA in that this single system tracks performance against planned milestones in real time, links actual deployment of resources to the Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution System (PPBES) within NOAA, and bridges the gap inherent in managing across a Program structure that differs from an organizational structure.

What were the results of the actions in either quantifiable or qualitative terms?
The e-AOP is a key tool for use in conjunction with PPBES for understanding, managing, and planning of actual deployment of funds throughout the NOAA Fisheries Service. The web-enabled application provides a means to plan and track the execution of a current fiscal year and also significantly contributes to the development of Program Operating Plans (POP) for planning out-year funds. Its reporting capabilities serve the needs of NOAA Fisheries and the NOAA PPBES Programs to a greater degree than that provided by the NOAA Fisheries Financial Reporting System (FRS).
Fully integrated with FRS and the Commerce CBS Systems, the e-AOP produces dynamic, real time fiscal and personnel information. Functions include planning and reporting of milestones, aligning an organizational unit’s budgets to program capabilities, and cross-cutting the budget of the NOAA Fisheries Service by key subject areas. It enables field units to build an annual portfolio of milestones describing the full spectrum of planned accomplishments. Program Managers then are able to view and select key milestones across the organization for NOAA level tracking and real time reporting on milestone progress.

Additional Information
How long did it take to complete the accomplishment? When was the accomplishment completed/implemented/deployed?
Efforts began in 2005, with continual improvements planned to be on-going.

What is the short-term impact (1-2 years) of the accomplishment on NOAA’s or the Department’s mission?
The e-AOP facilitates the NOAA Fisheries Services' ability to plan and manage resources and milestones. The system provides previously unavailable budget execution data, showing actual deployment of resources in terms of Program Capabilities, key to management by PPBES. The system facilitates milestone development at all levels of the organization and provides Program Managers with the ability to tag and report key milestones for their Program. In FY 2006, nearly 2000 milestones were entered, with nearly 400 of these tracked and reported by a PPBES Program Manager.

What is the long-term impact (3-5 years) of the accomplishment on NOAA’s or the Department’s mission?
The capabilities of the e-AOP will empower NOAA Fisheries employees with an improved understanding of Agency milestones expressed both organizationally and strategically – thus providing broader commitment and understanding of NOAA Fisheries Service’s goals and progress towards those goals.

Does the accomplishment affect other bureaus/Department of other Federal agencies? If so, how?
Not applicable.
Did the accomplishment result in a major advancement in science, technology, or automation? If so, how?
The e-AOP is a first-of-its-kind, state-of-the-technology, web-based system within NOAA that significantly enhances the ability of a Line or Corporate Office to plan, budget, execute, and report to on its resources.

Did the accomplishment result in a major advancement in non-scientific areas such

as customer service or administrative support? If so, how?
This system provides the ability for the manager of any organizational component, at any level within NOAA Fisheries, to plan and report budget execution and to develop and track annual milestones, all categorized by Program Capabilities. At the same time, it provides PPBES Program Managers with a means to develop and manage their portfolio of milestones as a subset of these organizational milestones. The system, for FY 2006, houses nearly 2000 NMFS milestones and nearly 400 Program level milestones - all can be tracked within the e-AOP by any user. These points were instrumental in transitioning the field units to management by PPBES. Finally, the e-AOP system fully automates the process to assemble an Annual Operating Plan from input from multiple FMCs into required formats.
David Ackley Group

NMFS

Nomination #33
Nominees

First and Last Name, Ph.D.(if appropriate)


NOAA Fisheries Service



Position Title & Grade or Pay Band

Past Awards

David Ackley

Alaska Region, SF

Supervisory Biologist ZP 401 IV




Gregory Bledsoe

Alaska Region, OMI

Supervisory IT Specialist ZP 2210 IV




Tamara Bledsoe

Alaska Region, RAM

IT Specialist ZP 2210 III




Jessica Gharrett

Alaska Region, RAM

Supervisory Biologist ZP 401 IV

Bronze ‘05

Stephen Kocsis

Alaska Region, SF

IT Specialist ZP 2210 III




Marina Lindsey

Alaska Region, OMI

IT Specialist ZP 2210 III




Pamela Mason

Alaska Region, SF

IT Specialist ZP 2210 IV




Jennifer Mondragon

Alaska Region, SF

Res. Mgt Specialist ZP 401 III




Larry Talley

Alaska Region, SF

IT Specialist ZP 2210 III




Jennifer Watson

Alaska Region, SF

Res. Mgt Specialist ZP 401 III




Robert Keaton

Alaska Region, SF

Res. Mgt. Specialist ZP 401 III






Nominator

William T. Hogarth, Ph.D.



Assistant Administrator for Fisheries
Significance
The reliable, readily accessible, and efficient Interagency Electronic Catch Reporting System provides the necessary information to support management programs implemented to promote long term sustainability of North Pacific fishery resources.
Certificate Text
For implementing an Interagency Electronic Catch Reporting System for the North Pacific fisheries to ensure effective industry reporting and support.
Justification
What was the specific goal, challenge, or problem related to the Department’s mission and/or strategic plan?
North Pacific fishery resources are jointly managed by the NOAA Fisheries Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and the International Pacific Halibut Commission. The number of fishing quotas for these resources will continue to increase rapidly as new limited access privilege programs are implemented in response either to congressional mandates or to NOAA policy objectives for management measures that promote sustainable fisheries. Timely and accurate catch reporting is imperative for maintaining overall harvest within established quota amounts and is not easily accomplished via the historically used paper-based procedures. Instead, an electronic reporting capability is required.

What was the context in which the nominee(s) addressed the goal, challenge or problem?
The BSAI Crab Rationalization Program for North Pacific fisheries, mandated by Congress for implementation in 2005, was the first limited access privilege program to require very timely and accurate catch reporting in Alaska. The Team, faced with a short deadline, coordinated with representatives from the Alaska Fish and Game and the International Pacific Halibut Commission to identify each agency’s information needs to implement this Program.



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