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Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology

Introduction: The Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research, more briefly known as the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology (OFCM), is an interdepartmental office established because Congress and the Executive Office of the President recognized the importance of full coordination of federal meteorological activities. The Department of Commerce formed the OFCM in 1964 in response to Public Law 87-843.

Mission: To ensure the effective use of Federal meteorological resources by encouraging and facilitating the systematic coordination of operational weather services and supporting research among the Federal agencies.

Activities: Fifteen Federal departments and agencies are currently engaged in meteorological activities and participate in the OFCM's coordination and cooperation infrastructure. The OFCM carries out its tasks through an interagency staff working with representatives from the federal agencies who serve on program councils, committees, working groups, and joint action groups. This infrastructure supports all of the Federal agencies that are engaged in meteorological activities or have a need for meteorological services. In addition to providing this coordinating infrastructure, the OFCM prepares operations plans, conducts studies, and responds to special inquiries and investigations. The successful development and deployment of the Weather Surveillance Radar-1988 Doppler (WSR88-D) is an example of a tri-departmental program coordinated through the OFCM. Another example of effective OFCM coordination is the substantial progress in model development, cooperative support and data-sharing arrangements, backup requirements, and communications upgrades among the Operational Processing Centers (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Centers for Environmental Prediction and Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution, the Air Force Weather Agency, and the Navy's Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center and Naval Oceanographic Office)
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