research and private sector communities, NCEP should request from NOAA Headquarters that a science and services advisory board be established.
The large workload associated with the Office of the Director has grown significantly along with the NCEP mission and budget over the past decade. NCEP requires a Deputy Director who can handle the day to day operations of NCEP as well as many other internally-directed duties, freeing up the Director to think more strategically and forge new collaborations and partnerships within NOAA, the federal government, the US academic community, the private sector and abroad. Also, the vacancy in the position of NCEP Chief Operations Officer should be filled.
In order to preclude large periods of time transpiring before the next set of reviews, NCEP should formalize a periodic review process, to occur every 5–6 years.
These issues are more fully developed in section 5 of this report, and a detailed set of findings and recommendations that address the points above are given in section 6.