Consolidating Federal Stream Forecasting Activities May Reduce Duplication of Resources and Effort

RCED-84-104: Published: Jul 24, 1984. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 1984.

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GAO reported on the stream forecasting activities of the National Weather Service (NWS), the Army Corps of Engineers, and other federal water resources operating agencies. The report determined whether opportunities exist to consolidate activities among agencies.

GAO found that the agencies have developed independent stream forecasting capabilities which results in duplication of equipment, staff, and effort. GAO noted that the results of applying consolidation concepts to the Ohio River Basin indicate that benefits would result from establishing a joint regional data center in this basin. Similar benefits may also be possible in other river basins where more than one agency has established a capability to collect and store information and prepare stream forecasts to meet agency-specific requirements.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: This recommendation is no longer applicable because NWS is conducting a major reorganization scheduled to be completed in 1994 which will include the consolidation of its river forecast centers with weather forecast offices, where possible. Whether Corps activities can be included in this consolidation will not be known for some time.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should direct the Chief of Engineers and the Secretary of Commerce should direct the Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to study the overall feasibility of creating joint Corps/NWS stream forecast centers and establish such centers in those hydrographic regions where the operational requirements of both agencies can be met and duplication eliminated.

    Agency Affected: Department of Commerce

  2. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: This recommendation is no longer applicable because NWS is conducting a major reorganization scheduled to be completed in 1994 which will include the consolidation of its river forecast centers with weather forecast offices, where possible. Whether Corps activities can be included in this consolidation will not be known for some time.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should direct the Chief of Engineers and the Secretary of Commerce should direct the Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to study the overall feasibility of creating joint Corps/NWS stream forecast centers and establish such centers in those hydrographic regions where the operational requirements of both agencies can be met and duplication eliminated.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  3. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: This recommendation is no longer applicable because NWS is conducting a major reorganization scheduled to be completed in 1994 which will include the consolidation of its river forecast centers with weather forecast offices, where possible. Whether Corps activities can be included in this consolidation will not be known for some time.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should direct the Chief of Engineers and the Secretary of Commerce should direct the Administrator, NOAA, to actively solicit the input and participation of other agencies concerned with water data collection and stream forecasting in those regions.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  4. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: This recommendation is no longer applicable because NWS is conducting a major reorganization scheduled to be completed in 1994 which will include the consolidation of its river forecast centers with weather forecast offices, where possible. Whether Corps activities can be included in this consolidation will not be known for some time.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should direct the Chief of Engineers and the Secretary of Commerce should direct the Administrator, NOAA, to actively solicit the input and participation of other agencies concerned with water data collection and stream forecasting in those regions.

    Agency Affected: Department of Commerce

 

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