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About the SISB

The Shared Infrastructure Services Branch provides system administration and other user support services on a 24-hour basis for NCEP computing and communications systems. These systems include local and wide area networks, high-performance computing systems, servers and workstations, personal computers, NWS systems used within NCEP, ancillary devices such as graphics plotters, and the interfaces among all of the above.

The Branch is responsible for the overall planning, design, development, implementation, and assessment of NCEP computing and communications capabilities as well as for the facilities and infrastructure that support the relevant technology. This responsibility includes coordinating network and communications issues between NCEP and other parts of NOAA as well as between NCEP and other agencies.

The SISB also provides support to NCEP in the following areas:

  • the acquisition, development, and use of special tools for monitoring information systems
  • the availability of training and documentation for current and future information processing systems
  • the review and evaluation of concept studies which guide NCEP in the development, implementation, and operation of information systems
  • the preparation of requirements initiatives and other information resources management documents necessary for the acquisition and administration of software and hardware systems
  • system acquisition and contract management
  • and the recommendation, formulation, and preparation of policies and procedures needed to provide system security, control, and accountability as required by NCEP and/or Federal rules and regulations.
The Branch generates and promulgates standards relevant to the development environment which supports the design, preparation, and integration of application software, with particular emphasis on the use of such hardware within an operational environment.

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