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Briefing Date:01/29/2003
Topic:Fair Weather: Effective Partnerships in Weather and Climate Services

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate
and
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Computer Sciences and Telecommunications Board
Committee on Partnerships in Weather and Climate Services

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Congressional Briefings
Wednesday, January 29, 2003
428 Hart Senate Ofc. Bldg. -- 9:30 a.m.
and
2325 Rayburn House Ofc. Bldg. -- 3:00 p.m.

on

Fair Weather:
Effective Partnerships in Weather and Climate Services

by

John A. Armstrong, IBM Corporation (retired) and Chair, Committee on Partnerships in Weather and Climate Services, Division on Earth and Life Studies and Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council, The National Academies

In an attempt to foster collaboration, rather than conflict, the National Weather Service (NWS) has adopted a series of policies to guide its interactions with the private sector. The 1991 public-private partnership policy and its predecessors have taken the same approach -- to define the roles of the NWS and the private sector and to provide guidelines for avoiding competition. However, defining exactly what activities should be carried out by the NWS is a matter of interpretation -- social, political, and legal -- and the interpretation changes as new laws are enacted. This report looks at the 1991 policy, examines why it hasn't worked as intended, and suggests alternative processes for interactions, taking into account newer federal government laws and policies.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on January 30, 2003 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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