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

October 26, 2016

Hello Coast Survey,

This week I am preparing for a briefing with Senator Coons of Delaware and taking this opportunity to visit other Congressional offices while downtown. Engaging with those that are affected by our decisions and those that may influence our decisions is something I will be focusing on in the next year. Whether on the Hill, at a conference, or working with partners, it is important that we deliver a consistent and strategic message about Coast Survey.

Scrolling through the newsletter below you will find great examples of how our folks are doing just this. From working with partners to update our products to presenting at a local Kiwanis club, I am proud that our team takes the initiative to reach out to our stakeholders and the public. I am also taking our outreach efforts one step further by filling the deputy hydrographer position in the front office. This position will focus on external engagement, policy, partnerships, and collaboration.

Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith
Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith

P.S. Can you spot Bay Hydro II in this picture from Maryland Fleet Week? Hint: They are docked alongside the Baltimore Aquarium.