Evaluating Quality, Relevance and Performance in our Program Office

Supplemental materials and self-guided content for our inaugural Program Review.

On this page you’ll find materials about the Weather Program Office’s structure, functions and activities that are intended to assist our reviewers in evaluating our quality, relevance and performance as a Program Office. 

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Weather Program Office

Review Purpose

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) conducts science reviews every five years to evaluate the quality, relevance, and performance of the research and activities its laboratories and programs conduct and support. These reviews are also intended to ensure that OAR research is linked to NOAA’s mission and priorities, is of high quality as judged by preeminence criteria, and is carried out with a high level of performance.

The purpose of the Weather Program Office (WPO) review, which will be held virtually January 24–27, 2023, is to provide an independent, external assessment of the program, including its management structures, and to recommend strategic directions in key areas for WPO and OAR.

The review will assess the research and other science activities WPO funds, how WPO decides what types of research and science to support, and how WPO engages with the public and peer communities to communicate about its work. 

This external review will cover the programmatic activities and management of the Weather Program Office over the past five years (2017–2022). This will be WPO’s first program office review. The programmatic themes/activity areas and related topics for the WPO review are below.

Activity Area 1.

Organizational Excellence

Activity Area 2.

Weather Research Models, Observations and Forecasting Tools

Activity Area 3.

Advancement and Transition of Weather Research

Activity Area 4.

Effective Communication and Coordination of Weather Research

Charge to Reviewers

Details for Evaluation & Recommendations

NOAA guidance asks reviewers to consider the Quality, Relevance, and Performance of WPO and provide an overall rating for each activity area reviewed.  For each area, each reviewer will provide one of the following overall ratings:

  • Highest Performance: WPO greatly exceeds the satisfactory level and is outstanding in almost all areas.
  • Exceeds Expectations: WPO goes beyond the satisfactory level and is outstanding in many areas.
  • Satisfactory: WPO meets expectations and the criteria for a satisfactory rating. 
  • Needs Improvement: In general, WPO does not reach expectations and does not meet the criteria for a satisfactory rating. The reviewer will identify specific problem areas that need to be addressed.
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  • Evaluation Criteria

  • Quality: Evaluate the quality of WPO’s research and development (R&D) portfolio. This refers to the merit of R&D that is funded by WPO and the resulting communication, outputs, and knowledge shared with the scientific community.
  • Relevance:  Evaluate the degree to which WPO funded research and development (R&D) is relevant to NOAA’s mission and of value to the Nation. This primarily refers to the value of R&D to users beyond the scientific community. Relevance includes not only hypothetical value, but actual impact. Examples of ways the impact of R&D can be realized include the application of scientific knowledge to policy decisions, the improvement of operational capabilities at NOAA’s service lines and other collaborating institutions, or licensing of inventions for commercial use.
  • Performance: Assessing performance may include considerations of technical execution, finances, workforce, infrastructure, and leadership necessary to achieve WPO’s goals. This involves understanding the quality of management, including interaction with stakeholders, clear articulation of strategic direction, as well as the balance of WPO’s portfolio across time frames and intended applications.

A Diversity of Expertise

Our Review Panel

Program Review Agenda

See the schedule details for our fully virtual 4-day review.

Day 1: Organizational Excellence

Day 2: Weather Research Models, Observations and Forecasting Tools

Day 3: Advancement and Transition of Weather Research

Day 4: Effective Communication and Coordination of Weather Research

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Activity Area 1: Organizational Excellence

Time (ET) Topic Speaker
10:00–10:15 am Welcome and Introductions Dorothy Koch, WPO Director

Steve Thur, OAR AA

10:15–10:30 am Overview of NOAA Research and Charge to Reviewers Emily Menashes, OAR DAA, Programs and Administration
10:30–10:45 am OAR Portfolios Overview Wayne Higgins, Climate Portfolio Steward
10:45–11:00 am Questions and Open Discussion
11:00–11:15 am Break
11:15–12:00 pm Director’s Overview Dorothy Koch, WPO Director
Deputy Director’s Introduction to WPO John Ten Hoeve, WPO Deputy Director
12:00–12:30 pm Questions and Open Discussion
12:30–1:30 pm Lunch
1:30–3:00 pm Budget Overview Melissa Pratt-Zossoungbo, Administrative Officer
Notice of Funding Opportunity Overview Christine Bassett, S2S Program Coordinator
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Claudia Womble, Management and Program Analyst
Intern and Fellow Opportunities Leah Dubots, Management and Program Analyst
3:00–4:00 pm Questions and Open Discussion
4:00–4:15 pm Break
4:15–5:00 pm Closed Session: Panel’s Choice Review Panel & Stakeholders
5:00 pm End Day 1

Activity Area 2: Weather Research Models, Observations and Forecasting Tools

Time (ET) Topic Speaker
10:00–10:15 am Activity Area Overview and Introduction to Programs Mark Olsen, S2S Deputy Program Manager
10:15–11:15 am Observations and Phased Array Radar Mark Vincent, Observations Program Manager
Subseasonal to Seasonal and Climate Testbed Jessie Carman, S2S Program Manager
Earth Prediction Innovation Center Maoyi Huang, EPIC Program Manager
11:15–12:30 pm Questions and Open Discussion
12:30–1:30 pm Lunch
1:30–2:30 pm Closed Session: External Stakeholders Review Panel & Stakeholders
2:30–2:50 pm Break
2:50–4:00 pm Closed Session: Review Panel
4:00 pm End Day 2

Activity Area 3: Advancement and Transition of Weather Research

Time (ET) Topic Speaker
10:00–10:15 am Activity Area Overview and Introduction to Programs Aaron Pratt, JTTI Program Coordinator
10:15–11:30 am Research to Applications (R2X) and Transitions Matt Mahalik, Research Transition & Evaluation Lead
Joint Technology Transfer Initiative Chandra Kondragunta, JTTI Program Manager
Air Quality  Jordan Dale, AQ Program Manager
Weather Testbeds Jordan Dale, Testbeds Program Manager
11:30–12:30 pm Questions and Open Discussion
12:30–1:30 pm Lunch
1:30–2:30 pm Closed Session: Line Office Representatives Review Panel & LO Reps
2:30–2:50 pm Break
2:50–4:00 pm Closed Session: Review Panel
4:00 pm End Day 3

Activity Area 4: Effective Communication and Coordination of Weather Research

Time (ET) Topic Speaker
10:00–10:15 am Activity Area Overview and Introduction to Programs Castle Williamsberg, Social Science R2X Coordinator
10:15–11:15 pm Social Science Program Gina Eosco, Social Science Program Manager
Disaster Supplementals Ben Woods and Chris Spells, Supplemental Program 
Policy and Partnerships Tamara Battle, Policy & Partnerships Lead
11:15–12:30 pm Questions and Open Discussion
12:30–1:30 pm Lunch
1:30–3:00 pm Clarifying Questions and Final Open Discussion
3:00–3:15 pm Wrap Up and Thank You Dorothy Koch and John Ten Hoeve
3:15–4:00 pm Closed Session: Review Panel
4:00 pm End Day 4

Resource Library

Everything you need for the review

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Annual Accomplishments Report FY18
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Annual Accomplishments Report FY19
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Annual Accomplishments Report FY20
Annual Accomplishments Report Fiscal Year 2020
Annual Accomplishments Report FY21

Weather Program Office Strategic Plans

Click to download WPO Strategic Plan FY22–26 PDF
OWAQ Strategic Plan FY 2019–2021
WPO Strategic Plan FY 2022–2026
WPO Strategic Plan FY 2022–2026

OAR Strategic Plan & OAR DEIA Strategic Plan

NOAA Strategic Plan & Executive Summary

OAR 2020–2026 Strategic Plan
OAR 2020–2026 Strategic Plan
OAR DEIA Strategic Plan
OAR DEIA Strategic Plan
NOAA FY 2022–2026 Strategic Plan Executive Summary
NOAA FY 2022–2026 Strategic Plan Executive Summary
NOAA FY22–26 Strategic Plan

The Weather Act

Download the Weather Act Reauthorization, 2019
Download the Weather Act Reauthorization (NIDIS Reauthorization Act), 2019
WPO & The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017
WPO & The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017
Download Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017
Download Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017

Visit our Weather Act Page

Supplemental Appropriations

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018
Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018
Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019
Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019
Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2022
Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2022

Annual Operating Plan (Forthcoming)

Funded Projects List (Forthcoming)

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Excellence in Planning & Preparation

Program Review Team

We provide support and coordination across the Weather Program Office for the Program Review.

Contact us at wpo.programreview@noaa.gov for more details about the review process or materials.

Tamara Battle

Policy & Partnerships Lead

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Melissa Pratt-Zossoungbo WPO

Administrative Officer

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FACETS Program Coordinator

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Kristina Kiest WPO

Communications Lead

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