On February 14, 2011, President Obama issued the FY 2012 budget for NOAA, requesting $5.5 billion for the nation’s oceanic and atmospheric agency. The budget request represents a $56.8 million decrease compared to the 2011 budget.
NOAA cited several goals of the budget including:
* Improving prediction of high impact weather and water forecasts
* Supporting sustainable oceans, fisheries, and communities
* Providing critical investments in satellites and sensors to further NOAA’s observational mission