National Fisherman

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: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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