The Bureau of Meteorology has reduced its workforce by 4 percent to 1,000, in a move that is intended to ease its financial strain, the agency said on Thursday.
The Bureau of Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (BOM) announced Thursday that it will reduce its workforce from 1,200 to 1.
The bureau, a branch of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, also announced that it is hiring two additional staff members, in an effort to provide more flexibility in weather forecasting.
Bureau of Meteorological Services (BOMS) weather forecast chief Michael DeFronzo, who joined the bureau in April, will serve as the bureau’s new head, the bureau said in a statement.
The new staff members will be responsible for working in the bureau, including the National Weather Service’s forecast systems and weather data services, and will report to DeFrozo.
The bureau said it would continue to hire people to fill vacancies in other roles, such as research and planning, but that those jobs will be on a temporary basis.
“The Bureau’s current forecast models, weather forecast data and the bureau has been a critical asset to many communities in the U.N. and around the world,” BOMS Secretary-General Simon Cockell said in the statement.
“With these changes, the Bureau is looking to fill a number of roles that will enable it to meet its new operational mandate.”
Bureau officials declined to comment on the nature of the jobs.BOMS forecasts and forecasts of the U and U.K. weather services were the subject of criticism from Republicans, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who said in May that the bureau should have to hire more analysts to keep up with the changes.
The agency’s forecast forecasts have been criticized for overstating weather events and for underestimating extreme weather events.
The agency has been plagued by problems, such the coronavirus outbreak in May, and there are calls for the bureau to close its doors.
The forecast bureau’s forecast system is the most widely used by government agencies worldwide.
It has a large and growing user base.