NOAA Consolidation Urged

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Science  11 Jun 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5677, pp. 1579
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5677.1579c

A government advisory panel seeks reaction to its plan to shake up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) research programs. In a final report released 26 May, the NOAA panel calls on the agency to appoint a high- ranking science “czar” and consolidate five labs in Boulder, Colorado (www.sab.noaa.gov/Reports/Reports.html). The report responds to congressional concerns that NOAA's $350 million Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research is inefficient (Science, 16 January, p. 297). Comments are due by 25 June.

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