Federal workers were slightly more engaged in their jobs this year than they were last year, and NASA remained one of the top agencies for job satisfaction, according to the Office of Personnel Management's 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.
The British Meteorological Office issued research showing that these changes – the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, an El Niño weather phenomenon in the tropical Pacific and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation – will continue to contribute to increasing global average temperatures.
Several federal agencies haven't been transparent about how they're measuring performance against their priority goals, says a Sept. 10 Government Accountability Office report.
The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces was 0.14 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the previous record set in 1998. It was also 1.46 F higher than the 20th century average of 60.4 F.
NASA's cost and schedule estimates for its Space Launch System aren't credible because the agency didn't follow best practices, says a July 16 Government Accountability Office audit.
The Agriculture Department's Forest Service is using NASA's Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership, which provides greater detail of smaller wildfires than ever before.
Costs for the International Space Station are expected to be almost $1 billion more than initially projected, according to the Government Accountability Office. The report was delivered as testimony July 10 before the House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee on space.
NASA researchers analyzed ocean temperatures from a global network of 3,500 probes, which shows that temperatures below surface have been increasing. The Pacific Ocean is the main source of the warm water, but some of that now is being pushed into the Indian Ocean.
Geomagnetic or solar storms can occur when clouds from coronal mass ejections interact with the Earth's magnetic field, potentially interfering with GPS technology used in vehicles as well as the ability of aircraft systems to accurately assess a plane's distance from the ground for landing.
The Climate Services for Resilient Development public-private partnership was launched with more than $34 million in financial and in-kind contributions from the federal government and seven other institutions and governments.