Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 106 Part 5.djvu/637

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PUBLIC LAW 102-567—OCT. 29, 1992 106 STAT. 4275 (D) develop and use nationally accepted formats and standards for data collected by various national and international sources; and (E) integrate and interpret data from different sources to produce information that can be used by decisionmakers in developing policies that effectively respond to national and global environmental concerns. (2) Not later than 12 months after the date of enactment of this Act and biennially thereafter, the Secretary of Commerce shall develop and submit to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives a comprehensive plan, based on the assessment under paragraph (1), to modernize and improve the environmental data and imormation systems of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report shall— Reports. (A) set forth modernization and improvement objectives for the 10-year period beginning with the year in which the plan is submitted, including facility requirements and critical new technological components that would be necessary to meet the objectives set forth; (B) propose specific agency programs and activities for implementing the plan; (C) identify the data and information management, archival, and distribution responsibilities of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with respect to other Federal departments and agencies and international organizations, including the role of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with respect to large data svstems like the Earth Observing System Data and Information System; and (D) provide an implementation schedule and estimate funding levels necessary to achieve modernization and improvement objectives. SEC. 107. HURRICANE RECONNAISSANCE PROGRAM. 15 USC 313 note. (a) ESTABLISHMENT OF PROGRAM. —(1) The Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Commerce shall establish a 5-year joint program for collecting operational and reconnaissance data, conducting research, and analyzing data on tropical cyclones to assist the forecast and warning program and increase the understanding of the causes and behavior of tropical cyclones. (2) The Secretary of Commerce shall establish the Tropical Cyclone Research Advisory Committee, an advisory committee of tropical cyclone research scientists, to make recommendations for tropical cyclone research activities and reconnaissance procedures. (b) RESPONSIBILITIES.— <1) The Secretary of Defense shall have the responsibility for maintaining, flying, and funding tropical QTclone reconnaissance aircraft to accomplish the program established under this section and to transfer the data to the Secretary of Commerce. Program responsibility may not be transferred to any other Federal department or agency, including the Coast Guard, without the agreement and approval of the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Commerce, and the head of any other Federal agency or department to which the responsibility is transferred. (2) The Secretary of Commerce shall have the responsibility to provide funding for data gathering and research by remote sens-