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Randy TeBeest, Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) for Programs and Administration, NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations

Profile of OMAO Deputy Assistant Administrator Randy TeBeest

Mr. Randy TeBeest serves as the deputy assistant administrator (DAA) for programs and administration for NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO). As DAA, he is responsible for resource management, strategic planning, organizational performance management, platform acquisition and corporate human capital management.

A 23-year NOAA Corps veteran and prior OMAO senior officer, Mr. TeBeest has served on three NOAA ships and earned flight qualifications on six NOAA aircraft, including the agency’s WP-3D Orion “hurricane hunter” aircraft. He retired in 2013 after serving as commanding officer of the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center, with nearly 4,000 flight hours and 155 hurricane eyewall penetrations. He also held senior staff positions with OMAO, National Weather Service and NOAA Budget Office, and served in multiple leadership positions on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response efforts.

Following his active duty service, he gained executive administration and policy experience in the public safety, aerospace and environmental industries as assistant county administrator of public safety for Pasco County, Florida, where he oversaw fire and rescue, 9-1-1 communications, emergency management and misdemeanor/probation operations for Pasco County, Florida. He has also served as aerospace program manager for Maryland Department of Commerce, developing the space, aviation and unmanned aircraft industries in Maryland.

Most recently, he was Vice President of Environmental Programs for a science and engineering consulting firm supporting NOAA, NASA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. TeBeest also has experience operating a small, family-owned business in Frederick, Maryland.

Mr. TeBeest holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the College of New Jersey and a Juris Doctor from Taft Law School. He was appointed by the 13th Judicial Circuit of Florida as a Guardian ad Litem, protecting the interests of children in the dependency care system. He also served as a Board Examiner for the Florida Governor’s Sterling Council (Baldrige) Performance Management Program, and is certified by the Project Management Institute as a Portfolio Management Professional.

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