[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 82 (Monday, April 29, 2013)]
[Page 25100]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-10008]



Bureau of Ocean Energy Management


Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee; Announcement of 
Plenary Session

AGENCY: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Meeting.


SUMMARY: The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Scientific Committee (SC) 
will meet at the Marriott Downtown New Orleans Convention Center.

DATES: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, Plenary Session from 9:00 a.m. to noon 
and Discipline Breakout Groups from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 
May 15, 2013, Discipline Breakout Groups from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; 
and on Thursday, May 16, 2013, Plenary Session from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 

ADDRESSES: 859 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 
70130, telephone (504) 613-2888.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of the draft agenda will be 
located on the OCS Scientific Committee's Web site at: http://www.boem.gov/About-BOEM/Public-Engagement/Federal-Advisory-Committees/OCS-Scientific-Committee/Index.aspx, or can be requested from BOEM by 
emailing Ms. Phyllis Clark at Phyllis.Clark@boem.gov. Other inquiries 
concerning the OCS SC meeting should be addressed to Dr. Rodney Cluck, 
Executive Secretary to the OCS SC, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 
381 Elden Street, Mail Stop HM-3115, Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817, or 
by calling (703) 787-1087 or via email at Rodney.Cluck@boem.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The OCS SC will provide advice on the 
feasibility, appropriateness, and scientific value of the OCS 
Environmental Studies Program to the Secretary of the Interior through 
the Director of BOEM. The SC will review the relevance of the research 
and data being produced to meet BOEM's scientific information needs for 
decision making and may recommend changes in scope, direction, and 
    On Tuesday, May 14, the Committee will meet in plenary session from 
9:00 a.m. to noon. Mr. Robert LaBelle, the Acting Chief Environmental 
Officer, will address the Committee on issues and challenges BOEM is 
facing and will present recent accomplishments of BOEM. There will be 
an update from each region's Environmental Studies Chief on OCS 
activities and current issues. Discipline breakout groups (i.e., 
biology/ecology, physical sciences, and social sciences) will meet from 
1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to review the specific research plans for BOEM's 
regional offices for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015.
    On Wednesday, May 15, the Committee will meet in discipline 
breakout groups to continue their review of the specific research plans 
from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    On Thursday, May 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., the Committee 
will meet in plenary session for reports of the individual discipline 
breakout sessions of the previous day. Continuation of the individual 
discipline breakout sessions will resume at 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. 
Public comment will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Committee 
business will be discussed from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    The meetings are open to the public. Approximately 30 visitors can 
be accommodated on a first-come-first-served basis at the plenary 

    Authority: Federal Advisory Committee Act, Pub. L. 92-463, 5 
U.S.C., Appendix I, and the Office of Management and Budget's 
Circular A-63, Revised.

    Dated: April 22, 2013.
Robert P. LaBelle,
Acting Chief Environmental Officer, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
[FR Doc. 2013-10008 Filed 4-26-13; 8:45 am]