Well, NOAA’s hurricane center is in an uproar about yet another Bush appointee.
Hurricane Center Staff Seeks New Boss
23 Staffers at the National Hurricane Center Sign Petition Urging Gov’t to Replace Their Boss
By JOHN PAIN
The Associated Press
Nearly half of the National Hurricane Center’s employees urged the federal government to replace their boss Thursday, saying they need to return their focus to protecting people from dangerous tropical weather.
A growing number of staffers believe that center Director Bill Proenza has damaged public confidence in their ability to forecast storms. Proenza has repeatedly and publicly criticized the government for failing to provide enough funding and to replace an aging weather satellite.
The 23 staffers who signed the letter say they feel Proenza’s public complaints have dragged them into a debate that has distracted them from their mission.
“The effective functioning of the National Hurricane Center is at stake,” the staffers said in the letter. “The staff of the National Hurricane Center would like nothing more than to return its focus to its primary mission of protecting life and property from hazardous tropical weather, and leave the political arena it now finds itself in.”
Yup. It seems that the less-than-six-months-in-office fellow has managed to spark a mutiny among employees. What? When was the last time you ever saw a mutiny at the NOAA?
Hurricane Center’s Director Under Attack
from the Miami Herald
Wednesday, July 4, 2007; Page A08
MIAMI, July 3 — Three senior forecasters at the National Hurricane Center called Tuesday for the ouster of the new director, Bill Proenza, saying he has damaged public confidence in their forecasts, fractured morale and lost their support.
“I don’t think that Bill can continue here,” said James Franklin, one of five senior forecasters at the center. “I don’t think he can be an effective leader.”
Two others, Richard Pasch and Rick Knabb, said that they concur.
“We need a change of leadership here at the Hurricane Center,” Pasch said. “It’s pretty much as simple as that.”
Shades of Brownie? The story continues:
Proenza, who accepted the $150,000-a-year job just six months ago, said late Tuesday that he will not resign and blamed the center’s morale problems on “Washington harassment.”
Proenza, 62, has repeatedly criticized his bosses at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, saying they have not provided the Hurricane Center with adequate research funds and failed to plan for the eventual demise of an important weather satellite.
Well, it’s not like we haven’t seen this before. And, what with Bush having managed to protect us from hurricanes since Katrina (well, you haven’t seen any, have you?), this is probably a really safe year to install another astonishing mismanager in the Bush vein: bungling, polarizing, incompetent and wildly given over to rationalizations.
Glad to see that we’re in such good shape for the NEXT Katrina.