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National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration: Marine and Aviation Operations

This program provides data collection capability to NOAA programs to complete their environmental stewardship missions. The Office of Marine and Aviation Operations accomplishes this task by operating specialized government owned assets and providing outsourcing support for ship and aircraft time through other sources.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations provides safe operation of NOAA's fleet of ships and aircraft which are uniquely configured and staffed to meet the at-sea and airborne data collection requirements of all NOAA programs. The NOAA Commissioned Corps, trained in related disciplines, adds to NOAA's flexibility and ability to meet mission requirements.
  • To address platform capability and reliability, NOAA has routinely developed Fleet Modernization Plans which have led to improvements in the fleet's capabilities. NOAA is investigating the potential use of emerging technologies for at-sea and airborne data collection.
  • This program has shown mixed results for performance. Targets have been met for most performance measures. Areas where the program is performing well include acquisition milestones and provision of ship days-at-sea and aircraft flight hours. However, historical trends are not available for some measures and targets have not been met for customer satisfaction and lost-time accident rates.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Implementing efficiency measures to guide program management.
  • Performing thorough analyses of capital acquisition alternatives to ensure that investments represent the best value to the government and the taxpayers.
  • Linking program managers' personal performance evaluations to program performance results.

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