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The Budget Formulation and Program Analysis Division is the focal point for budget formulation and associated planning activities within the National Weather Service. The Division is also the organization’s focal point for performance and programmatic evaluation.

Patrick Nield Division Director
Vacant Senior Budget Analyst Vacant Budget Analyst
John Lord IT Specialist Vacant Program Analyst
Marcus Points Senior Program Analyst Vacant Program Analyst
Mary Rieck Senior Program Analyst  

Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Manages NWS’ process for identifying and acquiring budgetary resources.
    • Develops and formulates requests, justifications, and supporting documentation for the annual budget submissions to NOAA, DOC, OMB, and Congress.
    • Coordinates NWS activities related to the Congressional Budget process, including tracking legislation, preparing appeal statements, preparing and presenting budget briefings, and developing written testimony and responses to Congressional inquiries.
    • Tracks agency funding levels and provides for the proper allocation and control of all budgetary resources as required by relevant statutes, regulations, and guidance.
    • Performs analyses of various project proposals, budget changes, and legislation.

  • Manages NWS’ programmatic and performance assessment processes.
    • Leads the periodic program review and assessment, including periodic quad charts and internal program reviews to ensure integration with overall budget and strategic plans.
    • Coordinates, tracks, and reports upon the NWS Annual Operating Plan.
    • Coordinates the establishment and reporting of performance evaluation methods, performance metrics, and performance-based management practices.
    • Contributes toward program analyses to support the planning, budget, and resource management functions.
    • Contributes toward the monitoring and evaluation of program implementation.

  • Manages the integration of financial, property, and human resources information to support managerial decisions.

  • Supports NWS and NOAA strategic planning and outreach.
    • Provides direct budgetary assistance to NOAA’s PPBES process.
    • Tracks the Five-Year Program Plans.
    • Assists NWS in the strategic planning cycle and the production of planning outputs.
    • Supports NWS’ Corporate Board, Investment Assessment Team, Operations and Services Improvement Process and Congressional Affairs Team.
    • Arranges, coordinates, and tracks Congressional, OMB, and other staff site visits and briefings.
    • Coordinates, reviews and tracks Congressional Reports mandated by Appropriation Acts.

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