October 25, 2017
Hello Coast Survey,
This week, we will reach an important milestone in the modernization of nautical chart production. Marine Chart Division (MCD) will complete the task of loading the entire Coast Survey portfolio of over 1,000 electronic navigational charts into the Nautical Information System (NIS) database. MCD stores and updates all of the information used on its nautical chart products and weekly ENC updates in this database.
Although completed almost a year ahead of schedule, it was no easy feat. At the early stages of the project, MCD developed a process for loading complicated files into the database and completely reorganized its branches from a functional to geographic structure (in a matter of two weeks!) to make the process more efficient. Over the next four years, the files were loaded branch by branch with the assistance of a “load team” that traveled with the effort.Thank you to the MCD branch chiefs for your leadership and the staff for your flexibility and commitment. I would also like to thank John Nyberg and Mike Brown for keeping this project a priority for the division and Coast Survey as a whole.
This is an important step toward getting our data to mariners quickly and improving overall safety of navigation. Quite an accomplishment!
Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith
The 2017 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is underway and Coast Survey's CFC lead this year is Heather Gilbert. To kick things off, here is a summary of changes to CFC that are effective this year:
No cash donations accepted by CFC - all funds must be designated to a specific charity
No fundraisers - events must focus on awareness of causes of CFC charities and their missions
New electronic CFC donor pledging system - payroll deduction, credit/debit cards, and eCheck options will be available. Paper pledges will still be accepted, but will be phased out in 5 years.
Volunteer Program implemented - employees may donate time in addition to funds.
11/9 - NOS All Hands Meeting at 1 p.m. in Silver Spring. Details for remote participation will be available on the For Employees site a few days before the meeting.
11/16-11/18 - Pacific Hydrographic Branch will be hosting a booth at the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle, WA
11/28 - NOAA CFC rally event, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. (SSMC3 Rm. 4527)
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Esri Ocean GIS Forum, October 31 – November 2 in Redlands, CA
Geoplatform Workshop, October 24 - 25 in Reston, VA
AGU Fall Meeting, December 11 – 15 in New Orleans, LA
NOAA Environmental Data Management Workshop, April 23 – 24, 2018, Silver Spring, MD