[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 245 (Thursday, December 22, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 76035-76036]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E5-7648]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Navy


Nominations for Membership on Ocean Research and Resources 
Advisory Panel

AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel (ORRAP) is 
soliciting nominations for new members.

DATES: Nominations should be submitted no later than February 3, 2006.

ADDRESS: Nominations should be submitted via E-Mail to LCDR Cory 
Huyssoon, U.S. Navy, at huyssoc@onr.navy.mil.
    Contact Information: Office of Naval Research, 875 North Randolph 
Street, Suite 1425, ATTN: ONR Code 322B Room 1075, Arlington, VA 22203-
1995, telephone 703-696-4395.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Melbourne G. Briscoe, Office of 
Naval

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Research, 875 North Randolph Street, Suite 1425, Arlington, VA 22203-
1995, telephone 703-696-4120.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ORRAP (originally known as the Ocean 
Research Advisory Panel, ORAP) is a statutorily mandated Federal 
advisory committee that provides senior scientific advice to the 
National Oceanographic Research Leadership Council (NORLC), the 
governing body of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program 
(NOPP). ORAP advises the NORLC on policies, procedures, selection of 
partnership projects and allocation of partnership funds, as well as 
other responsibilities that NORLC considers appropriate. The 
President's Ocean Action Plan (OAP), released December 17, 2004, 
created a coordinated ocean governance structure, including the 
Interagency Committee on Ocean Science and Resource Management 
Integration (ICOSRMI). The OAP mandated that an expanded version of the 
existing ORAP, including ocean resource management, would provide 
independent advice and guidance to the ICOSRMI. Since the NORLC is 
conducting its business through the ICOSRMI, ORRAP advises ICOSRMI to 
meet its legislative obligations to the NORLC as well as its OAP 
obligations.
    Panel Member Duties and Responsibilities: Members of the panel 
represent the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of 
Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, ocean industries, state 
governments, academia, and others including individuals who are eminent 
in the fields of marine science and technology, marine policy, or 
related fields, including ocean resource management and ocean-related 
social sciences and socio-economics. Members are appointed for not more 
than four years, and are not normally compensated except for travel 
expenses and per diem while away from their homes in performance of 
services for the panel.
    The panel meets for at least one two-day public meeting per year, 
but possibly meets three times per year, on dates agreeable by the 
panel members; attendance at meetings is expected. Intercessional 
activities not involving formal decisions or recommendations may be 
carried out electronically, and the panel may establish sub-panels 
composed of less than full membership to carry out panel duties.
    Nominations: Any interested person or organization may nominate 
qualified individuals (including one's self) for membership on the 
panel. Nominated individuals should have extended expertise and 
experience in the field of ocean science and/or ocean resource 
management. Nominations should be identified by name, occupation, 
position, address, telephone number, E-Mail address, and a brief 
paragraph describing their qualifications in the context of the ORRAP 
Charter (http://www.nopp.org/Dev2Go.web?id=221086). A 
r[eacute]sum[eacute] or curriculum vitae should be included in the 
nomination package.
    Process and Deadline for Submitting Nominations: Submit nominations 
via E-Mail to huyssoc@onr.navy.mil no later than February 3, 2006. 
Nominations will be acknowledged and nominators will be informed of the 
new panel members, which are ultimately selected and approved. From the 
nominees identified by respondents to this Federal Register notice, the 
ORRAP Nomination Committee will down select to a short-list of 
available candidates (150 percent of the available open positions for 
consideration). These selected candidates will be required to fill-out 
the ``Confidential Financial Disclosure Report'' OGE form 450. This 
confidential form will allow Government officials to determine whether 
there is a statutory conflict between person's public responsibilities 
and private interests and activities, or the appearance of a lack of 
impartiality, as defined by Federal regulation. The form and additional 
guidance may be viewed from the following URL address: (http://
www.ethics.navy.mil/forms.asp#450).
    In accordance with section 7903 of title 10, United States Code, 
and with DoD FACA regulations, the short-list of candidates will then 
be submitted for selection by the Secretary of the Navy with approval 
by the Secretary of Defense. In order to have the collective breadth of 
experience in the panel and maintain full panel membership, six to 
eight new candidates are expected to be selected with terms to begin in 
July 2006.
    The selection of new panel members will be based on the nominee's 
qualifications to provide senior scientific and resource management 
advice to the NORLC/ICOSRMI; the availability of the potential panel 
member to fully participate in the panel meetings; absence of any 
conflict of interest or appearance of lack of impartiality, and lack of 
bias; the candidates' areas of expertise and professional 
qualifications; and achieving an overall balance of different 
perspectives and expertise on the panel.

    Dated: December 12, 2005.
Eric McDonald,
Lieutenant Commander, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, 
Federal Register Liaison Officer.
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