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NOAA Prioritizes Satellite, IT Programs in 2015 Budget Request

NOAALogoThe National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is requesting a $5.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2015, about 3.2 percent more than the agency’s fiscal 2014 budget, FCW reported Monday.

Frank Konkel writes NOAA wants the additional funds to back satellite-based environmental monitoring programs and information technology system upgrades.

The agency’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service would get $2.2 billion and the largest funding portions would go to the Joint Polar Satellite System and the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, according to the report.

Konkel reports that NOAA also proposed $6 million in additional funding for IT modernization at the National Weather Service and another $5 million to refresh the service’s telecommunications gateway.

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