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Hearings :: Full Committee :: June 8, 2006
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The House Science Committee today heard from agencies involved in the construction of a vital U.S. weather forecasting satellite that has fallen severely behind schedule and is vastly over budget. This is not the first hearing the Committee has held on the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) program, and it certainly will not be the last.
Today’s topic: the findings of a mandated Federal review, known as a Nunn-McCurdy Review (10 U.S.C 2433), which kicked in last fall when the NPOESS project overran its budget by more than 25%.
"The Nunn-McCurdy review is complete, but there is still much to do before this plan is solidified and implemented," said Science Committee Ranking Member Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN). "I want to be clear about what I need to have confidence in this plan – I need more information than we’ve received today...."
Rep. David Wu (D-OR), Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Environment, Technology and Standards, meets Air Force Brigadier General Susan Mashiko, the new NPOESS Program Executive Officer. Watching are Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD; left) and Air Force Under Secretary Ron Sega.
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