Office of Coast Survey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

February 15, 2017

Hello Coast Survey,
I asked our deputy director, Katie Ries, to take up the pen this week while I am on travel.


Hi everyone,

You may have noticed that our director has been out of the office quite a bit these past few months. Building relationships with our many partners and educating Congressional committees, members of Congress, and their staffs about the important work Coast Survey does is not a quick or simple task.

RDML Smith recently traveled to Mississippi and met with staff from Representative Palazzo, Senator Cochran, and Senator Wicker’s offices. As a follow-up to those regional meetings, he was invited to brief their corresponding staff on the Hill along with Rachel Medley, our deputy hydrographer. While there, RDML Smith met with Representative Palazzo and his chief of staff, Senator Cochran’s chief of staff, and Senator Wicker’s chief of staff to discuss homeporting of a navigation response team at Stennis, unmanned systems, and the fleet recapitalization plan.

Communicating Coast Survey’s vital mission to the nation does not end with Congress. I had the pleasure of sitting in on some of the meetings with the navigation managers that were in town last week. The nav managers are primary conduits to our customers and they do a great job building and sustaining relationships with them and communicating our messages regionally.

Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of Coast Survey,


Katie Ries
Deputy Director