National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Maureen Wylie - Chief Financial Officer
Everyone likes to talk about the weather. Only, NOAA's challenge is do to more than just talk about the weather. Wylie says NOAA must find ways to go beyond the weather and make sure that taxpayers get value from a wide range of range of earth sciences. Beyond that, she says that NOAA must also find ways to meet increasing expectations from a public that has come to rely on much of the information that NOAA provides. The FY 2009 budget will also be critical for NOAA. Wylie says the President's proposal includes needed money for NOAA's GOES-R (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite), will be the agency's eyes in the sky, and to help monitor critical climactic data.