NOAA Delegations of Authority

The NOAA Delegations program is the formal means for re-delegating authority specified by law or Executive Order, or that has been delegated to the Under Secretary of Commerce, or directly to other NOAA officials, via the Department Organizational Order (DOO) series or the DAO series, including the various DOC policy and procedures handbooks and manuals. The Delegations program also may be used when re-delegating certain authorities that specify that their re-delegations be documented within the NOAA Delegation series. There are many other delegations and redelegations within NOAA that are not published or a part of the NOAA Delegations series. Questions may be referred to your servicing general counsel or to the Directives Management Staff.

Index of NOAA Delegations of Authority
Transmittal Number Issue Date Subject noaa office
84 04/04/2014 Additional re-delegation of Certifying Officer Authority to sign as Certifying Officer and to affix the seal of the Department of Commerce in accordance with DAO 201-17 Director, National Ocean Service, Management and Budget Office. Director, National Geodetic Survey. Director, Office of Coast Survey
83 4/04/2014 Revocation of Delegation of Certifying Officer Authority to sign as Certifying Officer and to affix the seal of the Department of Commerce in accordance with  DAO 201-17 NOAA Office Chief of Executive Affairs, National Weather Service (NWS)
82 2/22/2013 In carrying out the duties and responsibilities of their positions, each Deputy General Counsel, each Section Chief, and each Deputy Section Chief are delegated authority to perform certain functions. General Counsel to NOAA
81 2/22/2013 Under Reorganization Plan No. 4, as amended, the NOAA General Counsel “serves as the Legal Officer for all legal matters which may arise in connection with the conduct of the functions of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.” General Counsel to NOAA
80 06/02/10 Administer and enforce the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Convention Act of 1995. This authority shall not be further delegated. Assistant Administrator National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
79 05/20/10 Designate Joint and Cooperative Institutes with which the Department may enter into cooperative agreements to use the personnel, services, or facilities of such organizations for research, education, training, and outreach. Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce DUSC
78 02/26/10 Reserved Authority Under Secretary carry out the responsibilities of the under secretary/ NOAA Administrator pursuant to the Marine Debris Research Prevention and Reduction Act. AA for Ocean Services & Coastal Zone Management National Ocean Service (NOS
77 02/17/10 Delegation of Authority for Determinations of "No Practicable Alternative" to Development in Base Floodplains--DECISION. Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
76 06/09/09 Re-delegation of Authority from the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries to the Director, Office of International Affairs. Director, Office of International Affairs
74 03/04/09 Re-delegation of Authority from the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries to the Regional Administrator, Pacific Islands Region re: Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (16 U.S.C. 6901-6910), as set forth in Title V of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-479). Regional Administrator, Pacific Islands National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
73 10/24/08 Approval of Revised Delegation of Authority for the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act (“Moratorium Protection Act”). Assistant Administrator, Fisheries National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
72 01/18/08 USec to General Counsel - re: certain procedural functions required to conduct discretionary administrative appeals pursuant to 15 C.F.R. § 904.273; as revised by Transmittal #81 (2/22/13), and by Transmittal # 82 (2/22/13). General Counsel to NOAA
71 08/15/07 USec to AA for Fisheries - re: Administer and enforce the Pacific Whiting Act of 2006. Assistant Administrator, Fisheries National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
70 07/10/07 USec to AA for Fisheries - re: Administer and enforce the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act. Assistant Administrator, Fisheries National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
69 06/22/07 AA for Fisheries - Director, Office of International Affairs. Director, Office of International Affairs
67 05/30/07 AA for Fisheries - Regional Administrator, Pacific Islands Region - re: Marine Conservation Plans and Pacific Insular Fishery Management Agreements. Regional Administrator, Pacific Islands National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
66 04/18/07 NMFS - RA Southwest Region to ARA for Habitat Conservation - re: EFH. Assistant Regional Administrator for Habitat Conservation, Southwest Region National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
64 12/14/06 USec to Director, NOAA Corps and OMAO. The Secretary has reserved to himself the authority to appoint and promote commissioned officers. NOAA Corps, and Office of Marine & Aviation Operations (OMAO)
63 11/06/06 AA for Fisheries - Regional Administrator, Pacific Islands Region - re: MSFCMA; FWCA; & FPA. Conduct consultations with, and make recommendations to, federal and state agencies regarding activities affecting essential fish habitat, in accordance with section 305(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, 16 U.S.C. 1855(b), except in those instances where the Director, Office of Habitat Conservation, in consultation with the Pacific Island. Regional Administrator, Pacific Islands National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
62 08/30/06 Delegation of authority from the USec to the General Counsel and redelegation to the Assistant General Counsel re: Section 307 of the CZMA; as revised by Transmittal #81 (2/22/13), and by Transmittal # 82 (2/22/13). General Counsel to NOAA
61 02/28/06 AA for Fisheries - revise/reissue previous delegs pursuant to Transmittal #60. Assistant Administrator, Fisheries National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
60 02/28/06 AA for Fisheries (re-publication within NOAA Delegations Series of AA's delegation signed 12/13/05 ) - conducting consultation pursuant to Section 7 of ESA Assistant Administrator, Fisheries National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
59 06/29/05 Sign material from the Acquisition and Grants offices for publication in the Federal Register. Director, Acquisition and Grants Office (AGO)
58 08/03/05 USec to NOAA CAO - Real Property delegations. Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
57 08/02/04 Sign material from PPI for publication in the Federal Register. Assistant Administrator for
Program Planning and Integration
(PPI) and the Deputy Assistant
Administrator for PPI
56 07/12/04 Re-delegate signatory authority from the NOS Assistant Administrator to NOS Program and Office Directors for Federal Register notice entries that are within the mission and assigned responsibilities of their office. Associate Assistant Administrator for Management.
Director, Staff Office for International Programs.
Director, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services.
Director, NOAA Coastal Services Center.
Director, Office of Coast Survey.
Director, Office of National Geodetic Survey.
Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.
Director, Office of Response and Restoration.
Director, National Marine Sanctuaries Program.
Director, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science.
55 05/19/04 Re-delegation of Authority from the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries - to enter into, amend, terminate, and otherwise administer the provisions of Letters of Agreement regarding response to marine mammal strandings under MMPA sections 109(h), 16 U.S.C. 1379(h); 112(c), 16 U.S.C. 1382(c); and 403, 16 U.S.C. 1421b. Regional Administrators for Fisheries National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
54 4/06/04 Re-delegation of Authority from the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries - to approve, disapprove, or partially disapprove fishery management plans (FMPs) and amendments. Regional Administrator, Pacific Islands National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
53 02/09/04 Delegation of Authority USec to AA for Ocean Services and CZM - to re-delegate signature authority to Office Dirs for Federal Register Notices. Assistant Administrator, Ocean Services and Coastal Mgmt National Ocean Service (NOS)
52 06/20/03 Delegation of Authority USec to AA for Ocean Services and CZM - Administer CELCP and distribute grant funds. Assistant Administrator, Ocean Services and Coastal Mgmt National Ocean Service (NOS)
Various 01/09/2003 Complete update to the National Ocean Service Delegations of Authority National Ocean Service (NOS)
50 04/20/01 Delegations of Authority - Director of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS - to Dep-Director & to Business Manager - conduct certain administrative duties under CEIP and CZMF. Deputy Director/Business Manager Ocean & Coastal Resources National Ocean Service (NOS)
49 02/16/01 Delegations of Authority - Assistant Administrator for Fisheries - RAs to Asst RAs - conduct consultations regarding EFH. Assistant Regional Administrators for Habitat Conservation, Alaska / Northeast / Southeast / Northwest / Southwest Regions National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
48 02/16/01 Delegations of Authority - Assistant Administrator for Fisheries - Regional Administrators - conduct consultations under MSFCMA. Assistant Regional Administrators for Habitat Conservation, Alaska / Northeast / Southeast / Northwest / Southwest Regions (NMFS)
47 --- Delegations of Authority - Assistant Administrator for Fisheries - Director, O/Habitat Conservation. (to conduct consultations) Director, Office of Habitat Conservation National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
46 3/13/98 Delegations of Authority - Assistant Administrator for Fisheries - Chief, Permits and Documentation, Protected Resources - Signature for Letters of Confirmation and for Letters of Authorization for Beached/Stranded Marine Mammals. Chief, Permits and Documentation Division, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
45 01/26/98 Delegations of Authority - Assistant Administrator for Fisheries - Director, O/Science and Technology & Director, O/Habitat Conservation - Signature Authority for Notices in the Federal Register. Director, Office of Habitat Conservation and Director, Office of Science and Technology National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
44 04/17/97 Delegations of Authority - Assistant Administrator for Fisheries - Director, O/Enforcement - Issue Certificates of Registration for Marine Mammal Products. Director, Office of Enforcement National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
43 07/10/97 Delegations of Authority - Director of Finance (from CFO/CAO) - to Attempt Collection, ect. claims of the United States; and to designate certifying officers, appoint Interest Fund cashiers, ect. Director, NOAA Finance Office (CFO)
42 07/10/97 Delegations of Authority - CFO/CAO (from USec) - to Attempt Collection, etc. claims of the United States; and to designate certifying officers, appoint Interest Fund cashiers, etc. Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
41 06/4/96 Delegations of Authority - AA for Fisheries (from USec) - Implement responsibilities under the Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Management Act. Assistant Administrator, Fisheries National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Memo 2/26/96 Delegation of Authority - CFO/CAO (from USec) - to Grant Easements. Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
39 07/14/95 Reorganization Circulars. NOAA Human Resources
Memo 07/05/95 Delegations of Authority - USec to AA's and Director, O/Admin - for Use of Alcoholic Beverages. Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
Circular #94-03 3/03/94 Re-delegation of Authority, Office of Trade and Industry Services, NMFS, to Chief, Financial Services Division. Chief, Financial Services DivisionNational Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
36 12/31/93 Delegations of Authority - Assistant Administrator for Fisheries - to Regional Directors: a) to consult with Federal permitting, licensing, and construction agencies on project re: living marine resources; and b) to provided recommendations for fishery protection, etc., under Federal Power Act. Regional Director Northwest Region National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
35 8/31/93 Functional Statement & Organization Charts. National Ocean Service (NOS)
Circular #93-08 6/10/93 Delegation of Authority - USec to Coastal Ocean Program - Regional Marine Research Program. Director, NOAA Coastal Ocean Program, National Ocean Service (NOS)
33 2/28/93 Functional Statements & Organization Charts. General Counsel to NOAA, National Weather Service (NWS), Work Force Management Office (WFMO), National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), & Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
32 10/32/92 Functional Statements & Organization Charts. Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
Circular #92-21* 9/28/92 Delegations of Authority - Transfers: NDM to Organization Handbook - *Note: A full listing of NOAA Circulars containing delegations that were transferred from the NDM system on 9/28/92 is in the following table. See "Circulars & Others Containing Material"
31 5/31/92 Functional Statements & Organization Charts. General Counsel to NOAA
30 5/4/92 Delegations of Authority - Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. Assistant Administrator, Oceans and Atmosphere Research (OAR)
29 3/03/92; as re-issued Delegations of Authority - General Counsel; as revised by Transmittal #62 (8/30/06), Transmittal #72 (1/18/08), Transmittal #81 (2/22/13), and by Transmittal #82 (2/22/13). General Counsel to NOAA
Transmittals 28 - 1 various All Functional Statement & Organization Charts. (2/29/92 - 11/30/84) Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
List of NOAA Circulars and Other Materials Containing Delegations That Were Transferred from the NOAA Directive Manual (NDM) System To the Organization Handbook via NOAA Circular Number 92-21 - Effective: 9/28/92
Chap/Sec Circular Number Date Subject NOAA OFICE
05-10 79-83 11/79 Deleg re: Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Amndmt of 1978. Assistant Administrator, R&D
Assistant Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
05-20 80-73 10/80 Deleg - Administrator to AA for Management and Budget. Assistant Administrator, Management & Budget (NOAA Budget)
05-20 91-20 08/91 Delegs - Administrator to DUS and the Director, SPO - Delegations to DUS Oceans and Atmosphere for procurement authority. DUS Oceans and Atmosphere National Ocean Service (NOS)
05-25 N/A 07/84 Deleg - Mgmt of the WRC to RASCOO and Redelegation to Dir, WASC. Regional Administration Support Center Operations Office (RASCOO) and Director, WASC (OCAO Facilities Operations Division, (FOD))
05-26 N/A 02/84 Deleg - to Director, RASCOO, to Perform Certain Admin Functions Authorized by Fur Seal Act Amndmt of 1983. Regional Administration Support Center Operations Office (RASCOO) (OCAO Facilities Operations Division, (FOD))
05-30 N/A 06/86 Deleg - USec to AA for Weather Services. Assistant Administrator National Weather Service (NWS)
05-34 N/A 09/83 Deleg - USec to AA for Environmental Satellite, Data, and Info Svcs. Assistant Administrator Environmental Satellite, Data,and information Services National Environmental, Satellite, Data, & Information Service (NESDIS)
05-50 83-38 09/83 Deleg - to AA for Ocean Services and CZM; Redel to Office Directors and Division Chiefs of NOS. Assistant Administrator, Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management National Ocean Service (NOS)
05-50 83-38 05/89 Revocation of Delegation to the AA for Ocean Services and CZM of Authority to Designate National Marine Sanctuaries and National Estuarine Research Reserves. (Amndmt #2) Assistant Administrator, Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management National Ocean Service (NOS)
05-54 77/71 08/77 Deleg - to Administer Grants for Office of Coastal Zone Management. Assistant Administrator, Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management National Ocean Service (NOS)
05-55 77/107 12/77 Deleg - to Administer Loans and Bond Guarantees under the Coastal Energy Impact Program, Office of Coastal Zone Management. Coastal Zone Management Program Office of Coastal Zone Management National Ocean Service (NOS)
05-86 78-49 08/78 Deleg - for Claims [to GC] Transfers claim functions from Office of Administration to Office of General Counsel. General Counsel to NOAA
05-90 80-14 1/80 Deleg - for NOAA-DOC Management of Working Capital Fund. Chief of MB/PB's Integration & Control Division,Assistant Administrator, Management & Budget (NOAA Budget)
37-14 N/A 01/85 Deleg and Redeleg of Administrator's Authorities in DAOs 201-44 and 217-18 (para. 4.02) for operation and management of the ASC recycling program. Regional Administration Support Center Operations Office (RASCOO) (OCAO Facilities Operations Division, (FOD))