Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere


Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

.cite web | title="NOAA Home Page - Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.) Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator" | url=http://www.noaa.gov/lautenbacher.html | accessdate= September 24 | accessyear= 2007 ]

Components of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that the Administrator oversees include the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Services, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Ocean Service, National Weather Service, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Marine and Aviation Operations, and the NOAA Corps.

The position of Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere was created by the Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1970. The Under Secretary is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Under Secretary is paid at Level III of the Executive Schedule Pay Rates, [cite web | title="US CODE: Title 15,1503b. Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere; duties; appointment; compensation" | url=http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode15/usc_sec_15_00001503---b000-.html | accessdate= September 24 | accessyear= 2007 ] meaning he or she receives a basic annual salary of $152,000 as of 2006. [cite web | title="Salary Table 2006-EX" | url=http://www.opm.gov/oca/06tables/html/ex.asp | accessdate= September 22 | accessyear= 2007 ] The Under Secretary is fifth in the line of succession for the office of Secretary of Commerce. [cite web | title="Executive Order on Succession at the Department of Commerce" | url=http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/12/20011229-3.html | accessdate= September 24 | accessyear= 2007 ]

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