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Significant Winter Storm to Continue Widespread Hazardous Weather Across the East

A strengthening eastern storm will bring areas of heavy snow and ice from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Wednesday before tapering off on Thursday. Further south, several inches of heavy rain are forecast Wednesday into this weekend. This may lead to river flooding and flash flooding across the Mid-South. Read More >

John E. Potts


John E. Potts
NWS, Chief Financial/Administrative Officer (CFO/CAO)

John has 26 years of budgeting and financial management experience in NOAA. He first came to the National Weather Service in 1990, as a budget analyst where he advanced through the ranks working on the NWS Modernization and Associated Restructuring, and post-Modernization technology infusion, high performance computing, and facilities initiatives. He served as the Director of the Budget Formulation and Program Analysis Division and then Deputy NWS CFO. In 2008, John spent time at NOAA’s National Ocean Service as acting CFO and then as CFO at NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) where he served until 2013. At OMAO, John implemented new financial management, contracting, and property management practices; improved the transparency and effectiveness of Fleet allocation planning and budgeting; and advanced NOAA’s efforts to modernize the Fleet and increase ship and aircraft utilization. Since coming back to NWS in 2013 as CFO/CAO, John established new internal controls, improved financial management and acquisition planning, and played a key role in justifying and implementing the NWS Budget Restructuring and Headquarters Reorganization efforts.

John holds a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA., and received his master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in finance.

John lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife and three teenage children.

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