NOAA organic act planned



Comprehensive enabling legislation for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is in the works and should reach consideration by Congress during the current session, according to information from NOAA's University Affairs Office.

An organic act similar to those that undergird the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is needed, say NOAA officials, because much of NOAA's structure and duties are derived from old statutes, delegations of authority, and transfers of programs from other agencies. In the past 10 years, nearly 100 statutes that govern NOAA activities have been added, according to a member of NOAA's congressional affairs staff, and some NOAA missions have no authorizing legislation.