"White House: NOAA To Be Transferred To Interior"

"The Commerce Department agency that oversees everything from daily weather forecasts to storm warnings, climate monitoring and fisheries management would be transferred to the Interior Department under an ambitious plan of government consolidation announced by the president [Friday].

In an address, President Obama proposed merging six government agencies that primarily oversee business and trade into one, a move designed to 'help businesses grow, save businesses time and save taxpayer dollars.'

As part of the plan, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would be transferred to Interior, an agency charged with managing energy development, recreation, wildlife and other resources on roughly one-fifth of the nation's land and virtually all of its oceans."

Phil Taylor reports for Greenwire January 13, 2012.


"Obama's Reorganization Plans Earn Early Criticism" (Washington Post)

"Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Why NOAA Shouldn't Be Moved To the Interior Department" (NRDC Switchboard)

"White House Proposes Moving NOAA To Department of Interior" (Washington Post)

"Would the Interior Department Make a Good Home for NOAA? Will Congress Buy It?" (Climatewire)

"With a Jab at Nixon, Obama Proposes Moving NOAA To Interior" (Nature News)

Source: Greenwire, 01/17/2012