National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Placement in U.S. Government and its Implications
Government placement of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a marine and weather research agency under the Department of Commerce (DOC), has long been a source of debate. Many argue that NOAA belongs under the Department of the Interior (DOI), an environmental executive department, rather than the DOC. In her paper, Elaine attempts to describe the political and scientific implications of NOAA’s placement. She starts by outlining the roles of US executive departments and agencies in environmental policy. A review of NOAA’s history and its placement in the DOC shows past political impact on the agency, as NOAA’s mission shifts when a new administration takes office. The possible implications of moving NOAA into the DOI is analyzed in this paper as compared to the movement of the US Fish and Wildlife Service from the US Department of Agriculture to the DOI. Despite known issues with NOAA’s placement in the DOC, placement in the DOI brings up issues that show the pros of NOAA being under the DOC. Political and industrial influence on NOAA under the DOC is also examined by Elaine, in an effort to identify a better placement for NOAA.
Elaine wrote a paper that is currently pending for publication by the Journal for Student Research.Read her paper