S. 2597: LEGEND Act of 2019

CBO Score

$135 million

Date of Report

Mon February 24th, 2020

CBO Report Details

Legislation Details

116th Congress

A bill to require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to make certain operational models available to the public, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. John Thune — R — SD

Directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to publish its weather-forecasting models and associated government-owned data in an open-source format. The bill requires NOAA to periodically review any improvements made to those open-source models by people outside the government and update its models accordingly. The bill also requires NOAA to report to the Congress on the implementation of S. 2597 within one year of enactment. Under current law, NOAA provides public access to some of its operational and research models. The agency would need additional resources to provide permanent archive and open-source access to all such models, which currently use many petabytes of data (a petabyte is one million gigabytes).

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