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  Vol. XI, No. 5                            www.publicaffairs.noaa.gov/nr                                              May 2002

NOAA Leads Study                          Mahoney and Keeney Join
of Intercontinental
Airborne Pollution                        NOAA’s Leadership Team
—By Barbara McGehan                       —By Dane Konop
                                                                                          M.I.T., is perhaps best known in

A    s NOAA’s WD-P3 aircraft sat
      on the tarmack at the Mon-
terey, Calif., Airport on April 25, a
                                          T    wo men with longstanding
                                               connections to NOAA and
                                          complementary backgrounds have
                                                                                          NOAA circles as one of the found-
                                                                                          ing partners of Environmental
                                                                                          Research and Technology, Inc., and
large contingent of scientists was        joined the NOAA leadership team.                as the former director of the
examining their scientific instru-           James R. Mahoney was sworn in                National Acid Precipitation Pro-
ments and computers, making sure          as assistant secretary of commerce              gram.
all systems were ready to go for the      for oceans and atmosphere by                       He also has extensive experience
first science flight of the Interconti-   Secretary of Commerce Don Evans                 in the international arena as a
nental Transport and Chemical             April 2.                                        meteorological and environmental
Transformation Project.                      Timothy R. E. Keeney was                     consultant to a number of foreign
    The project is an international       sworn in as deputy assistant                    governments.
research program aimed at finding         secretary of commerce in the White                 Keeney, who earned an under-
out how the movement of airborne          House liaison office April 8.                   graduate degree in economics from
chemicals from one continent                 Mahoney, who holds a B.S. in                 the Wharton School of Business
influences the regional and global        physics from LeMoyne College and                and a law degree from the Univer-
climate in other continents.              a Ph.D. in meteorology from                     continued on page 2
    While the P-3 aircraft usually
flies into hurricanes or storms, this
time the flying laboratory was
poised to fly along the U.S. west
coast measuring a variety of chemi-
cals, dust and pollutants that
mostly blow in across the Pacific.
    “We have twenty sets of instru-
ments on board and hanging from
the wings,” said flight scientist
Gerhard Hübler.
    According to Hübler, most of
the instruments are connected with
a computer network that he can
monitor and use to direct the flight
of the plane into layers of air that
might prove interesting. “Every 15
or 20 minutes, I walk through and
check on the instruments that don’t
have operators to make sure they
are working,” he said.                                                                                            Dane Konop/NOAA
    Since aerosol particles and other     James R. Mahoney (left) is the new assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and
continued on page 2                       atmosphere. Timothy R.E. Keeney is the new deputy assistant secretary of commerce.


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New Leadeship                          problem of global climate change.
                                          “It would be a failure if we put       Airborne Pollution
continued from page 1                  the scientific community in one           continued from page 1
sity of Connecticut, most recently     room and the policy community in          pollutants constantly stream
was director of environmental          the other room and just pass an           around the globe, dust storms such
services for Northeast Utilities       occasional piece of paper back and        as ones recently observed in Asia
Service Company in Hartford,           forth between them. The challenge         can provide very visible evidence of
Conn.                                  for the climate work that NOAA            the atmosphere’s connectedness.
   He is well known to many at         and Commerce have taken the lead             The researchers, representing a
NOAA as a deputy general counsel,      on in the research area is to keep        broad range of government and
general counsel and director of the    the science very much on the              university organizations from the
Office of Ocean and Coastal            science, to ask the scientific com-       U.S. and other countries, are taking
Resource Management at NOAA in         munity to help frame the issues           measurements from the ground and
the 1980s and early 1990s.             and frame the questions so that the       from aircraft to get a better idea of
   His extensive experience working    government policy community will          the pollution’s effects on climate
with state and local government        understand, can use the informa-          and air quality.
includes stints as the head of         tion. It’s as simple as that,” he said.      “We’ve designed a major interna-
environmental programs for the            He is well familiar with the “real     tional research program to investi-
states of Connecticut and Rhode        world” of science.                        gate how the atmosphere changes
Island.                                   Mahoney started his professional       and is moved from continent to
   In interviews in their offices in   career at Harvard University, where       continent around the globe,
in the H.C. Hoover Building in         he was on the faculty of public           because these processes have many
Washington, D.C., in mid April,        health. While still at Harvard, in        ways of influencing Earth’s cli-
Mahoney and Keeney talked about        1968 he and two other colleagues          mate,” said Fred Fehsenfeld from
their professional backgrounds and     started Environmental Research            NOAA’s Aeronomy Laboratory in
their plans as the newest members      and Technology. By the end of the         Boulder, Colo.
of the NOAA leadership team.           1970s, it had grown to become the            Scientists have increasing evi-
   Mahoney’s office is in the pres-    nation’s largest environmental            dence that even short-lived sub-
tigious southwest corner of the        consulting firm and Mahoney’s full        stances such as ozone and fine
H.C. Hoover Building overlooking       time job.                                 continued on page 7
the Washington Monument. His              The company helped its indus-
desk is busy with paperwork, but       trial clients “with permitting terms
the book cases sit mostly empty.       and conditions,” Mahoney said.
Except for photographs of Presi-       “We did special environmental
dent Bush, Vice President Cheney       impact studies way back when the
and Secretary Evans, the walls are     concept of environmental impact
sparsely decorated. One gets the       studies was new.”
sense the work is more important          In addition to individual compa-
to him than the trappings of office.   nies, Environmental Research and
   Mahoney said the gist of his        Technology also worked with
professional experience has been a     industry groups and began devel-
mix of public health and the           oping an international clientele,
environment.                           Mahoney said. Generally, he
   He’s also been on both sides of     helped foreign governments estab-
the regulatory fence, having had a     lish their own environmental and
hand in developing environmental       meteorological programs.
regulations and in advising busi-         He said he now has over a
nesses on how best to comply with      million unused frequent flier miles.
regulations.                              “I left Harvard in 1974 because
                                                                                                             Tim Bates/NOAA
   Mahoney said it’s important for     my private business with my               Theresa Miller of NOAA’s Pacific Marine
those involved with environmental      partners had grown so big. I was          Environmental Laboratory adjusts an
policy to have sound scientific        walking down two roads, and I had         instrument in one of two hilltop trailers that
information to guide their deci-       to pick one,” Mahoney said. He            measures the water soluble inorganic
sions, particularly in tackling the    continued on page 6                       component of aerosols in the atmosphere.
May 2002 / NOAA Report                                                                                                    3

                                          troops in 1975 and the country fell
                                          under Communist rule, Nguyen
                                          was a student at the University of
                                          Science in Saigon. Before the fall of
                                          Saigon, Nguyen’s aunt, who had
                                          close ties to the Americans, and his
                                          brother-in-law, who was in the
                                          South Vietnamese navy, immi-
                                          grated to the U.S.
                                             After receiving his degree in
                                          geophysics, Nguyen faced a diffi-
                                          cult decision. He was about to be
                                          drafted into the army.
                                             Nguyen was his family’s only
                                          son, as his brother, a sailor in the
                                          South Vietnamese navy, had been
                                          killed by the Communists.
                                             At the time, Vietnam was poised
                    Brenda Peeples/NOAA   to invade Cambodia. Nguyen                            Tony Baltz/Northrop Grumman
Sinh Nguyen.                              recalled his father said, “If you go    Bruno Vercillo.
                                          into the army to protect the

Sinh Nguyen Is the                        country, you do that. But if you
                                          join the army to invade some other      Bruno Vercillo Is the
Employee of the                           country, you should not do that.”
                                             The family determined to             Team Member of
Month for May                             smuggle Nguyen out of the coun-
                                          try by boat to join his aunt in New     the Month for May
—By Dane Konop                            Jersey. It was a desperate decision     —By Susan Weaver

I n many ways, Sinh Nguyen, the
    May Employee of the Month,
embodies the American dream.
                                          for the 26-year-old Nguyen, made
                                          even more difficult because he was
                                          leaving behind a wife and young
                                                                                  B    runo Vercillo’s responsibility as
                                                                                       a program support manager for
                                                                                  Northrop Grumman Information
   A little over 20 years ago, he was     son. “I had to look for freedom at      Technology, providing innovative
smuggled out of Vietnam with              that time,” he said.                    solutions for the Advanced Weather
other refugee “boat people” op-              “It was too dangerous for them       Interactive Processing System for
posed to the Communist regime,            to escape like me. They had to stay     nearly nine years, makes him one of
forced to leave his wife and young        with my parents,” Nguyen said. “I       the key players in weather forecast-
son behind.                               escaped as (one of the) boat            ing.
   Today, he’s a big success—             people.”                                   AWIPS is one of the cornerstones
happily married, living with his             After he and his fellow refugees     of the Weather Service’s $4.5-
wife, Nhung, in a nice neighbor-          were rescued at sea, Nguyen was         billion, ten-year modernization
hood in Silver Spring, Md., with a        reunited with his aunt.                 program. It gives forecasters access
young son, Thien, at home and his            Nguyen learned English, went         to satellite imagery, Doppler radar
older son, Long, an honors student        back to college and kept up a           data, automated weather observa-
at the University of Maryland.            constant campaign to rescue his         tions and computer-generated
   Nguyen is very good at his job as      wife and son.                           numerical forecasts, all at one
a computer specialist, respected             “When I was in school, I sub-        workstation, providing significant
and well liked by both his co-            mitted the paperwork to sponsor         improvements in weather- and
workers and NOAA clients.                 them. It took ten years to be           flood-related services.
   His optimism and people skills         reunited. I left my son at the time        For National Weather Service
were tempered in past adversities.        he was 11 months. By the time he        forecasters, scientists and system
   Nguyen grew up in South                came to America, he was 12 years        analysts at 159 sites across the U.S.
Vietnam during what Americans             old,” Nguyen said.                      and its territories, Vercillo’s job is
call the “Vietnamese War.” When              In the years he has been in the      an essential one, so essential that he
the U.S. pulled out the last of its       continued on page 8                     continued on page 7
4                                                                                                              NOAA Report / May 2002




      Focus On…
                                        Dark-Water Diving for Oysters
                                                                                                —By Lauren Batte


                                                                                                D
                                                                                                          ivers weren’t expecting to
                                                                                                          find a bounty of oysters
                                                                                                          during a community-based
                                                                                                oyster reef survey dive in the
                                                                                                Magothy River near Annapolis,
                                                                                                Md., April 20. Only four to six
                                                                                                dozen oysters were counted in
                                                                                                total.
                                                                                                   The survey nonetheless proved
                                                                                                successful as a chance for NOAA
                                                                                                volunteers and midshipmen from
                                                                                                the nearby U.S. Naval Academy to
                                                                                                hone their dark-water diving skills
                                                                                                while contributing to the baseline
                                                                                                knowledge of oysters living in the
                                                                                                Magothy River, a tributary of
                                                                                                Chesapeake Bay.
                                                                                                   The dive, an Earth Day event,
                                                                                                was planned by the Magothy River
                                                 Robert Hendry/Anne Arundel Community College   Association, a volunteer environ-
Steven Gittings (second from left), national science coordinator for the National Marine
                                                                                                mental organization, with technical
Sanctuary Program, explains dive logistics to volunteers.
                                                                                                assistance from NOAA’s National
                                                                                                Marine Sanctuary Program.
                                                                                                   Organizers from NOAA and the
                                                                                                association explained critical details
                                                                                                about the dive objectives, safety
                                                                                                procedures and ecological impor-
                                                                                                tance of the dive before everyone
                                                                                                boarded the boats to travel to the
                                                                                                dive site.
                                                                                                   Oysters are important to the
                                                                                                health of the Magothy and Chesa-
                                                                                                peake Bay because they filter the
                                                                                                water and provide habitat. Know-
                                                                                                ing how many are there gives an
                                                                                                indication of the bay’s health.
                                                                                                   The Magothy River was desig-
                                                                                                nated an oyster sanctuary by the
                                                                                                Maryland Department of Natural
                                                                                                Resources in October 2001, which
                                                                                                banned oyster harvesting for five
                                                Robert Hendry/Anne Arundel Community College    years. The information collected
Dan Basta (left), director of the National Marine Sanctuary Program, and midshipman Jeffrey     during the survey dive helps the
Lee check their gear before boarding the dive boat.                                             continued on page 5
May 2002 / NOAA Report                                                                                                                       5




continued from page 4
Magothy River Association and
Maryland judge the success of
restoration efforts there.
   Four NOAA volunteers, 13
members of the Naval Academy
oceanography club and one Naval
Academy professor donned scuba
gear, then took a giant stride
overboard into the Magothy’s
murky, brown water.
   To collect the data, the divers
submerged and navigated along
predetermined 300-foot transect
lines across the monitoring site.
They counted live oysters and                                                                     Robert Hendry/Anne Arundel Community College
recorded the bottom type.                          A diver re-boards a boat owned by Magothy River Association volunteer Dick Carey after
   “It was sort of dark and I                      surveying one of eight transects at the dive site.
couldn’t see, but I found [an
oyster],” said one middie.                         then be available to volunteer on an            Program, who participated as a dive
   The visibility underwater was                   as needed basis. Since the dives                supervisor.
approximately two feet, forcing the                began four years ago, over 30                      “It’s the experts working with
divers to use their sense of touch.                people have been trained.                       the citizens on a volunteer basis to
“When you first go down you can’t                     “NOAA personnel have unique                  protect local natural resources that
see anything. But after a minute,                  skills that are not found in the                makes it worth it,” said Mitchell
your eyes adjust,” said another.                   public at large, thereby making the             Tartt, a certified working NOAA
   The dive was part of an ongoing                 public efforts more valuable and                diver who was responsible for
effort led by NOAA staff to train                  useful,” said Dan Basta, director of            designing and overseeing the field
divers to sample oysters who can                   the National Marine Sanctuaries                 operations for the event.




                                                Robert Hendry/Anne Arundel Community College        Robert Hendry/Anne Arundel Community Col.
A diver enters the Magothy River after Mitchell Tartt (left), a contracting marine ecologist       Midshipman Courtney Hurdt displays a
with the National Marine Sanctuary Program, confirms the diver has all of the proper gear.         Magothy River oyster he collected.
6                                                                                                         NOAA Report / May 2002


New Leadership
continued from page 2
and his partners spent another
decade growing the company,
before selling it to ComSat.
   During the first term of the
Reagan administration in 1981,
Mahoney was offered an advisory
position on the board of the
National Acid Precipitation Pro-
gram.
   Mahoney later became its
director, shepherding the program
through the completion of its 10-
year legislative mandate to assess
the causes and effects of acid rain.
   In 1984, Mahoney went to the
Bechtel Corporation in San Fran-
cisco for a few years as director of
Bechtel’s environmental group.
   Maloney’s international expertise                                                                         Hilary O'Shea/USMMA
has already been put to work at        The 102nd NOAA Corps Basic Officer Training Class graduated May 8 at the U.S. Merchant
NOAA.                                  Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. Front row (left to right): Ensigns Alison Melicharek,
   One of his first assignments was    Jessica Daum, Nicole Rouse, Amanda Francisco, Katherine Peet, Amanda Bittinger and
a trip to China the last week of       Jessica Futch. Back row: Ensigns Eric Johnson, Jasper Schaer, Michael Levine, Jeffrey
April as a member of an eight-         Shoup, Earl Spencer, Hector Casanova and Bryan Wagonseller.
member scientific oversight com-
mittee headed by presidential             Because it was the last moon                  merce Committee, of which
science advisor John Marburger.        mission, a contingent of news                    Weicker was a ranking member.
The group explored broad areas of      media and V.I.P.s, including Sen.                   “After I graduated from law
cooperation, with a “renewed           Weicker, was onboard the recovery                school, I had an opportunity to
emphasis on energy and natural         ship. To each V.I.P. the ship’s                  either work for a federal judge in
resources, ecosystems and environ-     commanding officer assigned an                   Louisiana or go to work for Lowell
ment,” Mahoney said.                   officer and enlisted man to serve as             Weicker in Washington,” Keeney
   Keeney, his deputy, worked for a    escorts. Because he was a Connecti-              said. “I’d have had a whole differ-
string of NOAA administrators—         cut native, Keeney drew Weicker.                 ent career if I’d gone down there. I
John Byrne, Anthony Calio, John           Keeney was one of the divers                  chose Washington, D.C., and am
Knauss and William Evans—before        who plucked the astronauts out of                thankful I did.”
being recruited by Connecticut         the sea when their space capsule                    He worked a number of NOAA-
governor Lowell Weicker to be          splashed down in the Pacific Ocean               related issues, including the
commissioner of the state’s depart-    upon their return to Earth from                  Marine Mammal Protection Act
ment of environmental protection       the moon.                                        and some international work on the
in January 1991.                          After ending his active duty as               new concept of “sensitive sea areas.”
   It was a homecoming of sorts for    the officer in charge of the Skylab              The period was “very rewarding for
Keeney, a Connecticut native, as       recovery team in June 1973,                      me,” Keeney said.
well as a reunion with Weicker, a      Keeney headed home to law school                    Keeney left the Hill for a NOAA
former boss. Keeney’s connection       at the University of Connecticut.                job during the first term of the
to Weicker has been intertwined in        After his first year of law school            Reagan Administration in 1982.
his career since meeting then Sen.     in the summer of 1974, Keeney                       “My first job was deputy general
Weicker in August 1972 when            moved his family to Washington to                counsel, involved in NOS issues—
Keeney was a Navy SEAL and the         work on Weicker’s staff. He spent a              coastal zone management, Pribiloff
assistant officer in charge of the     second summer working on the                     Islands,” he said.
Apollo 17 recovery team.               minority staff of the Senate Com-                continued on page 8
May 2002 / NOAA Report                                                                                             7


Vercillo                                Airborne Pollution                      house gases that will provide
                                                                                researchers with real-time data.
continued from page 3                   continued from page 2                      Two trailers filled with instru-
is virtually on call any hour of the    particles can be detected at great      ments also sit atop Trindad Head,
day or night, 365 days a year.          distances from their sources. The       which overlooks the town and sea.
    Keeping such a sophisticated        spring 2002 field mission and the          According to Trish Quinn of the
system operating in a variety of        other research will further the         Pacific Marine Environmental Lab,
situations often takes ingenuity.       scientific understanding of the         “Once this experiment is over, we’ll
When specialized needs occur,           climate-related consequences of this    continue making measurements for
Vercillo is a master at overcoming      global transport of pollution.          the rest of the year.”
limitations and devising creative          “We’ll be looking at the aerosol        Other ground measurements are
solutions to meet those needs. He       particles, low-level ozone and other    being made by NOAA’s Environ-
personally designed a way for           pollutants coming ashore on the         mental Technology Laboratory,
forecast sites to safely add their      west coast, ranging from Los            which has deployed several wind-
locally developed software within       Angeles to the Canadian border,”        profiling radars along the coast
AWIPS.                                  said project scientist David Parrish,   from San Francisco to northern
    A native of Staten Island, N.Y.,    also from the Aeronomy Lab.             Washington. These radars will
Vercillo spent 12 years in California      What comes ashore is affected        diagnose whether the wind mea-
before moving to the Washington,        not only by pollution from Asia,        sured is local air or has been
D.C., area in 1991.                     but also by recirculation from          transported from across the ocean.
    He studied computer science at      California and Mexico.                     “We want to make sure we can
Purdue University, and has worked          According to Parrish, in addition    detect if air measured along the
in computer engineering ever since.     to the measurements of low-level        coast came out from gaps in the
    He expressed a strong commit-       ozone, dust and other airborne          coastal mountains, from the
ment to the mission of the Na-          particles, researchers will be mea-     interior of the western U.S. Some-
tional Weather Service to help          suring the fossil fuel emissions from   times those things happen on such
protect lives and property. “With       oceangoing vessels.                     a small local scale that it’s hard to
some systems, a delay or break-            “A significant fraction of fossil    detect without specialized instru-
down is just a nuisance,” Vercillo      fuels on the globe is burned on         ments,” said Marty Ralph of the
said. “When you are talking about       these large oceangoing vessels,         Environmental Technology Lab.
critical weather conditions, every-     something like 10 per cent,”                “So if you’re making chemistry
thing has to move smoothly,             Parrish said. “So, we’ll look at what   measurements along the coast, you
because lives are at stake.”            happens with these ship plumes          want to know if the chemicals
    Deirdre Jones, director of the      and try and understand more about       you’re measuring originated in Asia
Systems Engineering Center in the       the emissions and their effects.”       or if they came from the North
Office of Science and Technology,          At the same time that scientists     American continent. The wind
praised Vercillo for dedicated          were checking their instruments in      profilers help to fill that observa-
service. “Bruno is passionate about     Monterey, researchers were gather-      tional gap,” Ralph said.
AWIPS and the success of the            ing in the small harbor town of            NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid
program,” she said. “He seems to        Trinidad, Calif., to establish a        Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton,
know intuitively where a problem        ground measuring station.               N.J., and the University of Iowa are
lies, sometimes before the people          According to Andrew Clark of         running chemical transport models
working on the installation of          NOAA’s Climate Monitoring and           to produce chemical forecasts to aid
AWIPS software upgrades.”               Diagnostics Laboratory in Boulder,      in flight planning. They will also
    She added that Vercillo is          conditions were harsh while they        use these models in the post-
generous when it comes to offering      were setting up in mid-April.           mission analysis.
his expertise, whether it be to the        “We had a lot of wind, rain and         “We’re trying to get as clear a
Office of Operational Systems site      cold temperatures,” he said. That       picture as we can of what the
support team, individual weather        was while they were climbing up a       pollutants are and to determine the
forecast offices or the Systems         precarious ladder to the 40-foot        chemical changes that occur as they
Engineering Center. “Any place he       tower to set up their instruments       move from one continent to
can be helpful, he is there almost      on the tower. The tower is being        another,” Parrish said.
before called,” she said.               used to take flask samples of carbon       The Monterey-based field stage
continued on page 8                     dioxide, methane and other green-       of the project ends May 22.
8                                                                                                NOAA Report / May 2002


New Leadership                          Nguyen                                  Vercillo
continued from page 6                   continued from page 3                   continued from page 7
    Keeney moved up through the         U.S., Nguyen got a bachelor’s              Vercillo acknowledged that there
ranks, becoming general counsel by      degree in computer science from         are special challenges in working on
the end of the Reagan Adminis-          the National-Louis University in        a weather system that must stay in
tration’s second term, then moving      Chicago, worked as a computer           operation 24 by 7. “The 3 a.m.
over to the Office of Ocean and         manager for a company in New            calls can be a little disrupting,” he
Coastal Resource Management as          Jersey, was finally reunited with his   joked, “but the important thing is
director in the early days of the       wife and son, and had his second        to keep the program operating.”
administration of George H. W.          son.                                       He also pointed out that having
Bush before rejoining Weicker.             Since coming to NOAA nearly          159 separate sites, each with
    Keeney spent four years as head     four years ago, Nguyen has pro-         individual operations needs and
of Connecticut’s environmental          vided computer support to the           resources, can be challenging.
agency, then took a similar job in      NOAA Grants Management                  “Each system is customized differ-
Rhode Island, where among other         Division, working on the transition     ently, and when a glitch occurs,
things he managed a cleanup of a        to CAMS, which is NOAA’s new            you have to determine whether it is
spill of eight million gallons of oil   financial record system. Division       the generic system or the customi-
from a barge that ran aground           chief Michael Nelson credited           zation,” he said.
during a nor’easter storm.              Nguyen with identifying stum-              When not working on AWIPS,
    Keeney said he believes he          bling blocks, proposing solutions       Bruno dedicates his time to coach-
performs best “in an emergency.”        and helping the division keep on a      ing his daughter’s hockey team,
    He attributes this to his SEAL      path to meet its deadlines.             and coaching or cheering for his
training after graduating from the         Nguyen is also leading the           son during soccer and hockey
University of Pennsylvania in 1970.     transition from a character-based       games.
    Keeney considers his SEAL           grants reporting system to a               “I was surprised at being selected
training, which is the most de-         graphics user interface system.         team member of the month,” he
manding in the U.S. military, to be        The system is “basically what        said. “It’s really a team effort, and I
“the most important thing I’ve          the Grants Management Division          feel that other members of the
done in my career.”                     uses to pump out their award            team have worked just as hard on
    He has remained in the Navy         document when a grant application       the same projects.”
reserves as a captain, currently        comes to their office from a pro-
serving as commander of the Naval       gram office,” said Lilian Barnes,
Reserve SEAL Forces, Atlantic.          chief of the Applications Branch at     simple and straightforward. “I just
    He said he’s happy to be back at    the NOAA Information Technology         work very hard, talking with the
NOAA. “I’ll probably be involved        Center in Landover, Md., and            end users, helping them do their
primarily in the wet side of the        Nguyen’s supervisor.                    job better and faster,” he said.
agency. Even though for the 11             “It’s a big improvement,” Barnes
years I was away I spent much of        said. “With the old system, you          The NOAA Report is a monthly publi-
my time working with the Clean          had to use your keyboard for all the     cation for NOAA employees from the
Air Act,” he said.                      navigation. There was no point and       Office of Public and Constituent Affairs,
    Initially, Keeney said he expects   click.”                                  Washington, D.C.
to work on strategic planning,             Barnes said Nguyen’s technical        Address comments to:
policy and program analysis and         skills are matched by strong             Editor, The NOAA Report
evaluation. “Every four or five years   interpersonal skills, which she said     1315 East-West Highway
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said                                    people. He spends at least one day       Email: dane.konop@noaa.gov
    He said he’s also looking forward   a week, and many weeks more, in          NOAA Report Online: http://
to working with Mahoney. “I think       the Grants Management Division,          www.publicaffairs.noaa.gov/nr
we make a great team. I think we        providing hands on assistance to all     Jordan St. John, director, OPCA
can work with each other and play       the grants specialists.”                 Dane Konop, editor
off each other’s strengths.”               Nguyen’s approach to his job is

				
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