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Opinion: Moving #NOAA ( to #BLM ? ) not answer

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 27:  U.S. President Barac...
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Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 6:02 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 6:02 a.m.

This month President Barack Obama restored authority that was allowed to lapse in the Reagan years that would allow him to reorganize federal agencies to eliminate overlapping and duplicate functions.

He brought up the proposal again in his State of the Union address.

His first step would be to consolidate a group of economic agencies in the Department of Commerce and this reshuffling and streamlining makes bureaucratic sense.

But part of the plan does not. He would move the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from its longstanding home in Commerce to the Department of the Interior.

Most of the agencies up for consolidation focus on trade, business and economic growth.

NOAA focuses on none of this. Instead, NOAA forecasts the weather, protects marine fisheries, monitors the oceans and coastal zones and conducts pure oceanographic and...