Trump’s NOAA chief to headline weather hearing

By Rob Hotakainen | 03/04/2024 06:35 AM EST

Neil Jacobs, who led the agency from 2019 to 2021, will testify Wednesday before a House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee.

Neil Jacobs.

Neil Jacobs, then-acting NOAA administrator, during remarks in 2019. Win McNamee/Getty Images

NOAA’s former acting administrator will be the top witness this week when a House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee examines the nation’s weather forecasting and modeling systems.

Neil Jacobs, who led the agency under former President Donald Trump from 2019 to 2021, is expected to testify Wednesday before the Subcommittee on Environment.

Panel members said they wanted to assess the country’s leadership in forecasting and modeling and the impacts of the Weather Act of 2017 and the “Weather Act Reauthorization of 2023,” aimed at bolstering the nation’s competitiveness in “the global weather community.”


At a hearing in March of last year, the full committee heard testimony from private companies in the U.S. weather industry that provide observations and data.