Policies, Procedures, and Systems Assurance Division (PPSAD)

The Policies, Procedures, and Systems Assurance Division provides policies, procedures, and systems engineering requirements for all NESDIS developments, acquisitions, operations, archiving, and sustainment activities.  Utilizing a Quality Management System (QMS), these enterprise wide directives are maintained, updated and provided configuration control.  In support of this mission, the division leads enterprise-level configuration and risk management programs, integrates new activities and programs into the enterprise, collaborates at the interagency level on national space policy and orbital debris best practices, directs enterprise lessons learned and best practices, and interacts with national security, civil, and commercial space agencies on systems engineering issues of mutual interest.  We are responsible for ensuring awareness of U.S. government space protection efforts and for potential application to NESDIS space and ground programs.

System Architecture and Requirements Division (SARD)

NOAA’s space based observations are the technical underpinning for the Nation’s success in forecasting weather, analyzing environmental and climate phenomena, and monitoring hazards worldwide. This around-the-clock global coverage provides a continuous stream of environmental intelligence used for important decisions in sectors ranging from weather forecasting, climate monitoring, fisheries and coastal management, food security and public health. Emergency management and national security also depend on timely, accurate, and well-communicated environmental information.

The Systems Architecture and Requirements Division performs overall long-term strategic planning including systems architecture design and analysis of NESDIS’ space-based measurements. Current operational environmental satellites are ageing and will be replaced by the next generation of satellites [i.e. Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R)].  Given the length of time to design, develop, and to build a fleet of new satellites, we are responsible for the development of a cost effective and resilient satellite architecture that achieves the anticipated 2030 observational requirements. The first results of an evolving architecture design will be completed by the end of 2017.

Collaborating closely with our NESDIS and NOAA partners, we solicit data requirements, perform technology development, determine system readiness, and evaluate emerging satellite concepts from NOAA, national and international collaborators, and industry. Additionally, we establish and lead the development of top-level requirements and support the adjudication of requirements for all of NESDIS to include space-based assets and observations, ground systems, and data management. We are responsible for ensuring these requirements are codified, documented, and transparent to NOAA’s stakeholders.