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About NOAA's National Weather Service

The National Weather Service is a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is an Operating Unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The Mission of NOAA's National Weather Service

The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. NWS data and products form a national information database and infrastructure which can be used by other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public, and the global community.

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NWS Strategic Plan

The Strategic Planning and Policy Office provides support to the Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Deputy Assistant Administrator through the development and implementation of an integrated approach to NWS policy, strategy, and long-range planning processes. The Office develops NWS-wide long-range policy objectives and develops and manages the NWS strategic planning process through implementation. The Office develops and recommends policy on NWS and private sector roles, activities, and relationships

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National Weather Service Organization

The National Headquarters of NOAA's National Weather Service is located in Silver Spring Maryland. Headquarters -

Regional Headquarters, National Centers, Weather Forecast Offices and River Forecast Centers and Field Offices are located across the country. Links to web sites of these components of the National Weather Service are listed here.

Forecast Offices | Regional Support Centers | National Support Centers

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How do I make a request for information under the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA)?

Information on the Freedom Of Information Act and how to submit a request is posted here.

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Commerce and the Small Business Paperwork Reduction Act (SBPRA)

The Department of Commerce understands that a vibrant small business sector is critical to creating new jobs in a dynamic and growing economy, and provides substantial assistance through a variety of media to help small businesses comply with enforcement regulations and paperwork requirements.

Department of Commerce operating units with paperwork requirements that affect small businesses have established Web sites, e-mail addresses, and toll free phone numbers dedicated to assisting small businesses in responding to their paperwork requirements.

Commerce and the Small Business Paperwork Reduction Act (SBPRA) Contact Points

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Notification and Federal Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation (NO FEAR) Act of 2002 compliance?

On May 15, 2002, President Bush signed legislation called the No FEAR Act (Notification and Federal Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002). This act, which took effect on October 1, 2003, makes Federal agencies individually accountable for violations of anti-discrimination and whistleblower protection laws.

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What jobs are available in the National Weather Service, and how do I apply?

The National Weather Service offers a variety of career opportunities. Vacancy announcements and information on how to apply for positions as meteorologists, computer specialists, hydrologists are posted on our Careers Page. There are also a number of opportunities for students, these programs are described on our Student Employment Page.

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Can I link to your site? Can you add a link to my site?

The information on National Weather Service Web servers and Web sites is in the public domain, unless specifically annotated otherwise, and may be used freely by the public. Before using information obtained from this server special attention should be given to the date & time of the data and products being displayed. This information shall not be modified in content and then presented as official government material. More information about linking to our pages and using NWS data is contained in our Disclaimer.

Our policy on linking from National Weather Service sites states that links must directly relate to the mission of the National Weather Service, and the information or data not be available from other Federal Internet sources. Our Linking Policy is contained within the National Weather Service Directive 60-1 (PDF format)

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