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NOAA’s strategic management has received a scathing review in the most recent survey of federal worker satisfaction, and the agency’s overall standing among its employees declined for the fifth consecutive year in which the survey has been conducted.
 
The survey, conducted by The Partnership for Public Service, ranked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at No. 157 out of the 300 federal agency subcomponents, with an employee satisfaction index score of 58.5 out of 100. Subcomponents are agencies within large agencies — such as NOAA within the Department of Commerce — and must have at least 100 full-time permanent employees to participate in the survey.
 
NOAA’s index score, which represents employee satisfaction with an agency’s overall performance, represents a decline of 5.1 points from 2012 and an 11.9-point fall from 2009, when NOAA ranked among the very best places to work within the federal government.
 
The 2013 survey results paint a very different picture than that of 2009, showing declines in the employee satisfaction score in every one of the 13 categories but Alternative Work and Employee Support Programs. The score in that category rose to 74.4 from 73.2 in 2012 but still left the agency ranked 27th among the 47 federal agencies with comparable programs.
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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