[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 160 (Thursday, August 18, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 51353-51354]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-21116]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Navy


Nominations for Membership on the Ocean Research Advisory Panel

AGENCY: Department of the Navy, DoD.

ACTION: Notice.

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

DATES: Nominations should be submitted no later than September 15, 
2011.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be submitted via e-mail to CDR Stephen D. 
Martin, U.S. Navy, at stephen.d.martin@navy.mil.
    Contact Information: Office of Naval Research, 875 North Randolph 
Street Suite 1425, Attn: ONR Code 322B Room 1075, Arlington, VA 22203, 
telephone 703-696-4395.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Charles L. Vincent, Office of 
Naval Research, 875 North Randolph Street Suite 1425, Arlington, VA 
22203-1995, telephone 703-696-4120.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ORAP is a statutorily mandated federal 
advisory committee that provides senior advice to the National Ocean 
Research Leadership Council (NORLC), the governing body of the National 
Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP). Under the National Ocean 
Policy, the National Ocean Council (NOC) Deputy-level Committee has 
assumed the responsibilities of the NORLC. ORAP provides independent 
advice and guidance to the NOC. The NOC routinely provides guidance and 
direction on the areas for which it seeks advice and recommendations 
from ORAP. ORAP also advises on selection of projects and allocation of 
funds for NOPP.
    Panel Member Duties and Responsibilities: Members of the panel

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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, marine policy, or related fields, 
including ocean resource management. Members are appointed annually and 
may serve a term of 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 ORAP 
Charter, that can be found on-line at (http://www.nopp.org/committees/orap/), and ability to represent a stakeholder group. Nominations 
should also include a r[eacute]sum[eacute] or curriculum vitae.
    Process and Deadline for Submitting Nominations: Submit nominations 
via e-mail to CDR Stephen Martin (stephen.d.martin@navy.mil) no later 
than September 15, 2011. ORAP nomination committees under the direction 
of the National Ocean Council will evaluate the nominees identified by 
respondents to this Federal Register notice and down-select to a short-
list of available candidates (150% 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 a 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 at: (http://www.usoge.gov/forms/oge450_pdf/oge450_automated.pdf).
    In accordance with section 7903 of title 10, United States Code, 
the short-list of candidates will then be submitted for approval by the 
Secretaries of the Navy and Defense who are the appointing officials 
for their consideration. At this time, six openings are envisioned on 
the Panel and the final set of nominees will seek to balance a range of 
geographic and sector representation and experience. Applicants must be 
U.S. citizens. Successful nominees must provide detailed information 
required to evaluate potential conflicts of interest. Typically the 
time required to achieve the final appointments to the Panel is 10-12 
months. Members of the Panel serve as Special Government Employees who 
volunteer their time but whose travel costs for Panel business is 
provided by the Government. ORAP is a Federal Advisory Committee and 
operates under the principles of open and transparent development of 
advice to the government.
    The selection of new panel members will be based on the nominee's 
qualifications to provide senior advice to the NOC; 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, geographic representation, and expertise on the 
panel.

    Dated: August 11, 2011.
J. M. Beal
Lieutenant Commander, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, 
Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-21116 Filed 8-17-11; 8:45 am]
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