October 10, 2017: Timothy Gallaudet was confirmed as the Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere at the U.S. Department of Commerce by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, October 5, 2017. That position is the number-two post at the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Gallaudet, a 32-year U.S. Navy veteran, has also worked as the Commander of the Navy’s Meteorology and Oceanography Command. Gallaudet has had experience in weather and ocean forecasting, hydrographic surveying, developing policy and plans to counter illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing, and assessing the national security impacts of climate change. Gallaudet has led teams of Navy sailors and civilians, working on functions such as overseeing aircraft carrier combat operations, planning and conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts, assisting Navy SEAL Teams during high visibility counter-terrorism operations, and developing the Navy's annual $52 billion information technology, cyber security, and intelligence budget. Gallaudet received a bachelor's degree in oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy, and masters and doctoral degrees in oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.