"This year has seen several significant changes in OFCM's [Office of Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research's] approach to interagency coordination. For the first time in over a decade, the Federal Committee for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research (FCMSSR) held both of its expected semiannual meetings and the Interdepartmental Committee for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research (ICMSSR) held all four quarterly meetings. This increased interest and participation in interagency coordination led to progress in several key areas, including:  Integrating the Executive Steering group of the National Earth Systems Prediction Capability into the Federal meteorological services coordination structure.  Establishing a team to improve the Federal Plan.  Providing increased support to the Office of Science and Technology Policy in their efforts to coordinate space weather services and research.  Culminating long term efforts to establish a back-up data pathway among the five Federal numerical weather and ocean modeling production centers, increasing the resilience of the Federal Weather Enterprise's capability to provide this critical service.  Coordinating disaster assessment and measurement efforts, exemplified in efforts following Hurricane Matthew and in executing Civil Air Patrol flights over severe-storm impacted areas and potential glacier dammed lake flood regions."
Office of Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research: http://www.ofcm.gov/