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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Prior Assessments of the Modernization and Associated Restructuring." National Research Council. 2012. The National Weather Service Modernization and Associated Restructuring: A Retrospective Assessment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13216.
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B


Prior Assessments of the
Modernization and Associated Restructuring

TABLE B.1 National Research Council reports related to the Modernization and Associated Restructuring


Report Title   Publication Year

Toward a New National Weather Service: A First Report   1991
Revised Standards for Entry-Level Meteorologists in Federal Government: A Letter Report   1992
Toward a New National Weather Service: Second Report   1992
Review of Modernization Criteria   1993
National Weather Service Employee Feedback   1994
Weather for Those Who Fly   1994
Assessment of NEXRAD Coverage and Associated Weather Services   1995
Aviation Weather Services: A Call for Federal Leadership and Action   1995
The Importance of the U.S. Weather Research Program for NWS Modernization   1996
Preliminary Assessment of the Operational Test and Evaluation Process for the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System   1996
Assessment of Hydrologic and Hydrometeorological Operations and Services   1996
Continuity of NOAA Satellites   1997
An Assessment of the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System   1997
Future of the National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Network   1998
A Vision for the National Weather Service; Road Map for the Future   1999
Review of the Draft Plan for the Modernization and Associated Restructuring Demonstration   1999

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Prior Assessments of the Modernization and Associated Restructuring." National Research Council. 2012. The National Weather Service Modernization and Associated Restructuring: A Retrospective Assessment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13216.
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TABLE B.2 U.S. General Accounting Office reports related to the Modernization and Associated Restructuring


Report Title   Report Number   Publication Date

Weather Satellites: Cost Growth and Development Delays Jeopardize U.S. Forecasting Ability   GAO/NSIAD-89-169   June 1989
Weather Satellites: Action Needed to Resolve Status of the U.S. Geostationary Satellite Program   GAO/NSIAD-91-252   July 1991
Cost Growth and Delays in Billion-Dollar Weather Service Modernization   GAO/IMTEC-92-12FS   December 1991
Weather Forecasting: Important Issues on Automated Weather Processing System Need Resolution   GAO/IMTEC-93-12BR   January 1993
Weather Forecasting: Systems Architecture Needed for National Weather Service Modernization   GAO/AIMD-94-28   March 1994
Weather Forecasting: Improvements Needed in Laboratory Software Development Processes   GAO/AIMD-95-24   December 1994
Meteorological Satellites   GAO/NSIAD-95-87R   February 1995
Weather Service Modernization: Despite Progress, Significant Problems and Risks Remain   GAO/T-AIMD-95-87   February 1995
High-Risk Series: An Overview   GAO/HR-95-1   February 1995
Weather Service Modernization Questions   GAO/AIMD-95-106R   March 1995
Weather Forecasting: Unmet Needs and Unknown Costs Warrant Reassessment of Observing System Plans   GAO/AIMD-95-81   April 1995
Weather Forecasting: Radar Availability Requirements Not Being Met   GAO/AIMD-95-132   May 1995
Weather Service Modernization Staffing   GAO/AIMD-95-239R   September 1995
Weather Forecasting: Radars Far Superior to Predecessors, but Location and Availability Questions Remain   GAO/T-AIMD-96-2   October 1995
Weather Forecasting: New Processing System Faces Uncertainties and Risks   GAO/T-AIMD-96-47   February 1996
Weather Forecasting: NWS has not Demonstrated that New Processing System Will Improve Mission Effectiveness   GAO/AIMD-96-29   February 1996
Processing Systems Development Risks   GAO/AIMD-96-74   May 1996
NOAA Satellites   GAO/AIMD-96-141R   September 1996
High-Risk Series: Information Management and Technology   GAO/HR-97-9   February 1997
Weather Satellites: Planning for the Geostationary Satellite Program Needs More Attention   GAO/AIMD-97-37   March 1997
Weather Service Modernization and NOAA Corps Issues   GAO/T-AIMD/GGD-97-63   March 1997
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Follow-up on Weather Service Modernization and NOAA Corps Issues   GAO/AIMD/GGD-97-75R   April 1997
Weather Service Modernization: Risks Remain that Full Systems Potential Will Not be Achieved   GAO/T-AIMD-97-85   April 1997
National Weather Service: Budget Events and Continuing Risks of Systems Modernization   GAO/T-AIMD-98-97   March 1998
NWS Sulphur Mountain Radar Performance   GAO/AIMD-99-7   October 1998
Department of Commerce: National Weather Service Modernization and NOAA Fleet Issues   GAO/T-AIMD/GGD-99-97   February 1999
NOAA: National Weather Service Modernization and Weather Satellite Program   GAO/T-AIMD-00-86   March 2000
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Prior Assessments of the Modernization and Associated Restructuring." National Research Council. 2012. The National Weather Service Modernization and Associated Restructuring: A Retrospective Assessment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13216.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Prior Assessments of the Modernization and Associated Restructuring." National Research Council. 2012. The National Weather Service Modernization and Associated Restructuring: A Retrospective Assessment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13216.
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The Modernization and Associated Restructuring (MAR) of the National Weather Service (NWS) was a large and complex re-engineering of a federal agency. The process lasted a decade and cost an estimated $4.5 billion. The result was greater integration of science into weather service activities and improved outreach and coordination with users of weather information. The MAR created a new, modernized NWS, and, significantly, it created a framework that will allow the NWS to keep up with technological changes in a more evolutionary manner.

The MAR was both necessary and generally well executed. However, it required revolutionary, often difficult, changes. The procurement of large, complex technical systems presented challenges in and of itself. The MAR also affected the career paths and personal lives of a large portion of the field office workforce. The MAR created a new, modernized NWS, and, significantly, it created a framework that will allow the NWS to keep up with technological changes in a more evolutionary manner.

The National Weather Service Modernization and Associated Restructuring presents the first comprehensive assessment of the execution of the MAR and its impact on the provision of weather services in the United States. This report provides an assessment that addresses the past modernization as well as lessons learned to support future improvements to NWS capabilities.

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