[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 48 (Wednesday, March 12, 1997)]
[Page 11416]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-6136]



Final Certification for the Automation of 11 Weather Service 
Offices (WSOs)

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: On March 3, 1997 the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans 
and Atmosphere approved and transmitted 11 automation certifications to 

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 12, 1997.

ADDRESSES: Requests for copies of the final automation certification 
packages should be sent to Tom Beaver, Room 09356, 1325 East-West 
Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Julie Scanlon at 301-713-1698 ext 151.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 11 automation certifications were 
proposed in the Federal Register notice published on September 30, 1996 
and the 60-day public comment period closed on November 29, 1996. There 
were no public comments received. The Modernization Transition 
Committee (MTC) considered and endorsed these 11 automation 
certifications at its December 12, 1996 meeting, concluding that these 
certifications would not result in any degradation of service.
    (1) Grand Island, NE
    (2) Bristol, TN
    (3) Columbus, GA
    (4) Macon, GA
    (5) Port Arthur, TX
    (6) Waco, TX
    (7) Bakersfield, CA
    (8) Helena, MT
    (9) Phoenix, AZ
    (10) Reno, NV
    (11) Salem, OR
    After consideration that no public comments were received and the 
MTC endorsements, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and 
Atmosphere approved all 11 automation certifications and transmitted 
them to Congress on March 3, 1997. Certification approval authority was 
delegated from the Secretary to the Under Secretary in June 1996. The 
NWS is now completing the certification requirements by publishing the 
final automation certifications in the Federal Register.

    Dated: March 6, 1997.
Elbert W. Friday, Jr.,
Assistant Administrator for Weather Services.
[FR Doc. 97-6136 Filed 3-11-97; 8:45 am]