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President's Proposed 2013 Budget Released
On February 13, 2012, President Barack Obama released his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2013. This year’s NOAA budget request of approximately $5.1 billion aims to provide immediate life-saving and job-supporting services needed to prepare and protect American communities and infrastructure and invest in science and research that will enhance America’s competitiveness. It also reflects a continued commitment to stewardship of coastal and ocean resources, which in turn benefits coastal economies. On February 17, NOAA held a constituent briefing on the FY13 budget proposal.
NOAA has also issued its Blue Book containing details on the fiscal year 2013 budget request.
"It includes tough choices and sacrifices made in the face of tightening budgets, with valuable programs reduced or terminated to accommodate critical investments that could not be delayed to ensure we can meet national priorities," said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator.
Lubchenco outlined some of the most important messages in the President's proposed budget for 2013:
- This budget allows NOAA to improve severe weather warnings by producing and delivering forecasts that Americans have come to trust, provide services in a cost-effective manner, and continue to reduce weather-related fatalities.
- This budget allows us to maintain some of the core stewardship programs that our nation’s coastal communities have come to rely on, such as sustainable fisheries, marine sanctuaries and coastal management.
- This budget provides necessary investments to improve our understanding of climate processes and support research that will help fuel a clean energy economy.
"We must remember the significant contribution NOAA makes to growing a strong economy that is built to last," said Lubchenco. "It is hard to imagine a sector of the economy that does not depend on NOAA in some way or another. This budget keeps our commitment to deliver the services, the stewardship, and the smart investment in the science that America needs."