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Fri Sep 6, 2019, 10:48 PM

24. Barry Myers

Barry Lee Myers is an American attorney and businessman who served as chief executive officer and general counsel for AccuWeather, a privately owned for-profit weather-forecasting company founded by his elder brother, Joel Myers.[1] As an AccuWeather executive, Myers lobbied unsuccessfully to restrict or undermine the National Weather Service, a governmental service which provides free weather forecasting and thus competes with AccuWeather's business model.[2]

Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
Assuming office
*Pending Senate confirmation

In 2017, Myers was nominated by President Donald Trump to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).[3] Myers's nomination was controversial because he lacked scientific expertise (in contrast to previous NOAA leaders) and because of concern over Myers's financial conflicts of interest,[3][4] and as of April 2019 Myers's appointment had not been voted upon by the U.S. Senate. In 2018, a federal investigation found rampant, pervasive, and severe sexual harassment at AccuWeather, and determined that the company, under Myers's leadership, ignored the harassment and retaliated against victims who complained.[5][6]

Prior to becoming CEO of AccuWeather in September 2007, Myers served as the company's executive vice president and general counsel. Since 1990, Myers has been a member of the board of directors of the American Weather and Climate Industry Association,[8] the weather industry's trade association, serving as the industry's chief federal-relations office. Myers also served as an advisor to the director of the U.S. National Weather Service at the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization Meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2001 and 2008.[9]

Political activities

Myers has donated to the campaigns of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Mitt Romney.[10] Myers also donated to Rick Santorum's campaigns for U.S. Senate.[10] In 2005, Santorum sponsored a bill entitled the National Weather Service Duties Act of 2005, which failed to pass.[10][11] Myers publicly supported the bill, which would have required the National Weather Service to stop providing weather information to the general public.[10]

On January 6, 2019, it was announced that Myers had departed AccuWeather on January 1 and had sold all his interest in the company to move into a role leading the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under President Trump.[12]

Nomination to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On October 12, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Myers to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.[13] Myers has said he will liquidate his holdings in the family-owned company.[10] His brothers will remain as the president, chairman of the board, and chief operating officer of AccuWeather.[10] At his confirmation hearing, opponents of his confirmation hearing pointed out that the family connection would still represent a major conflict of interest.[14]

Myers was selected for the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere position by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.[10] Myers's deputies will include Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere Timothy Gallaudet, a Navy Rear Admiral with a doctorate in oceanography, and Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction Neil Jacobs, who was chief atmospheric scientist at the Panasonic Avionics Corporation.[15] If confirmed, Myers will be the second NOAA administrator without a science degree, and the first since Richard A. Frank left office in 1981.[16] The agency employee's labor union opposes Myers nomination, citing his support of the Santorum bill.[10]

His nomination was returned to President Trump by the Senate on January 3, 2018,[17] resubmitted on January 8, returned on January 3, 2019,[18] and resubmitted on January 16.[19]


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