[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 60 (Tuesday, March 30, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15686-15687]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-7020]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[Docket No. 100324167-0167-01]


NOAA'S Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) Strategic 
Plan FY 2011-FY 2015

AGENCY: Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of availability and request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: NOAA'S Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) is 
seeking comments on the draft OER STRATEGIC PLAN Fiscal Year (FY) 2011-
2015, submitted to meet the requirement for program direction under 
Public Law 111-11, Section 12104(b). The draft OER STRATEGIC PLAN 
describes the vision, mission, core activities, and organization of the 
Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

DATES: Comments on this draft report must be received by 5 p.m. 
September 30, 2010.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, by any one of the following 
methods:
     Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov. 
Identifier is XRIN 0648-XV56.
     Fax: (703) 713-1967, Attn: Yvette Jefferson.
     Mail: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) 
ATTN: OER Plan Comments, 1315 East-West Highway, R/OER, Silver Spring, 
Maryland 20910.
     Hand Delivery to Silver Spring Metro Center 3: 1315 East-
West Highway, Room 10151, Silver Spring, Maryland.
    Instructions: No comments will be posted for public viewing until 
after the comment period has closed. All comments received are a part 
of the public record and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying 
Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by 
the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential 
Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. 
OAR will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields, 
if you wish to remain anonymous). You may submit attachments to 
electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF 
file formats only. This is a non-regulatory request for comment.
    Electronic copies of the draft OER Strategic Plan and Public Law 
111-11 Chapter XII may be obtained from http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: OERPlan.Questions@noaa.gov or NOAA 
Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), ATTN: OER Plan 
Questions, 1315 East-West Highway, R/OER, Silver Spring, Maryland 
20910.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NOAA'S Office of Ocean Exploration and 
Research (OER) is seeking comments on the draft OER STRATEGIC PLAN 
Fiscal Year (FY) 2011-2015, submitted to meet the requirement for 
program direction under Public Law 111-11, Section 12104(b). The 
preparation of the report was also directed by the Appropriations 
Committee in the Joint Explanatory Statement and Senate Report (S. 
Rept. 110-124) accompanying the Consolidated Fiscal Year 2008 
Appropriations (Pub. L. 110-161).
    OER seeks to better understand our ocean frontiers through bold and 
innovative exploration, research and technology development. The Office 
explores, maps, observes, detects and characterizes ocean areas and 
phenomena, obtaining archiving, and distributing ocean data in new ways 
to describe the ocean's living and nonliving resources and physical, 
chemical and biological characteristics. Data and observations 
resulting from OER investments will result in new discoveries, 
insights, knowledge and identification of new frontiers, and will 
likely lead to new or revised understandings of our largely unknown 
ocean. The draft OER STRATEGIC PLAN describes how NOAA will implement 
Chapter XII of Public Law 111-11 through the vision, mission, core 
activities, and organization of the Office of Ocean Exploration and 
Research.
    NOAA welcomes all comments on the content of the draft report, 
especially with respect to implementation of the research aspect of the 
organization. We also request comments on any inconsistencies perceived 
within the report, and possible omissions of important topics or 
issues. This draft report is being issued for comment only and is not 
intended for interim use. For any shortcoming noted within the report, 
please propose specific remedies. Suggested changes will be 
incorporated where appropriate, and a final report will be posted on 
the OER Web site. Please follow these instructions for preparing and 
submitting comments. Overview comments should be provided first and 
should be numbered. Comments that are specific to particular pages, 
paragraphs or lines of the section should follow any overview comments 
and should identify the page and line numbers to which they apply. 
Please number each page of your comments. Following these instructions 
will facilitate the processing of comments and assure that all comments 
are appropriately considered.

    Dated: March 25, 2010.
Mark E. Brown,
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer, Office of Oceanic 
and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration.
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