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Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology


About OFCM

ofcm's purpose

The Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research, more briefly known as the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology (OFCM), is an interdepartmental office established because Congress and the Executive Office of the President recognized the importance of full coordination of federal meteorological activities. The Department of Commerce formed the OFCM in 1964 in response to Public Law 87-843.

OFCM is a service organization. OFCM is the Federal Weather Enterprise's (FWE) resource for the following:

  • Coordinating the exchange of information, plans, and concerns among the FWE agencies, to help the Nation get the most effective use from the $5.3 billion collectively spent annually by the partner agencies.
  • Providing a strategic view of interagency Federal weather efforts, to support related decisions at executive leadership levels of partner agencies.
  • As seen on the Publications page, we produce and maintain a variety of foundational meteorological documents including Federal Meteorological Handbooks, the Federal Plan for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research, among others.

OFCM Staff

  • Dr. William Schulz, Federal Coordinator for Meteorology
  • Lt Col Robert Branham, Assistant Federal Coordinator for Air Force and Army Affairs
  • Mr. David McCarren, Assistant Federal Coordinator for Navy and Marine Corps Affairs
  • CDR Jason Mansour, NOAA/NOAA Corps
  • Mr. Michael Bonadonna, Senior Staff Meteorologist
  • Mr. Judson Stailey, Lead Meteorologist
  • Mr. Donell Woods, Senior Staff Physical Scientist
  • Mr. Kenneth H. Barnett, Information Technology Specialist
  • Ms. Christina Bork, Management Analyst
  • Ms. Erin McNamara, Program Specialist
  • Ms. Ivett Shields, Program Specialist
  • Mr. Anthony R. Ramirez, Staff Support Meteorologist / Project Manager (Science and Technology Corporation)

OFCM Directions

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