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AJOC: Commerce re-shuffle could put NOAA at Interior Dept.

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ANDREW JENSEN, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE

Jan 13, 2012 - 04:33 PM

I may not be a cheechako anymore, but I'm still learning about Alaska and its history. So I was curious when I saw a comment from Sen. Lisa Murkowski's office on President Obama's remarks this morning announcing his request of Congress to allow him to reorganize the Department of Commerce. Plans to shift the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the Department of the Interior has got some in the fisheries community concerned, and Sen. Mark Begich said he'll have some questions as the chair of the Oceans Subcommittee.

What had me curious was Murkowski's paraphrasing of Obama's remarks:

“But the President did ask an important question: What’s the justification for artificially splitting the management of our lands, waters, and natural resources between two agencies? Over and over again, we have seen delays and other problems resulting from......  http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/January-2012/Commerce-re-shuffle-could-put-NOAA-at-Interior-Dept/