[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 79 (Thursday, April 24, 2014)]
[Page 22830]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-09277]



Bureau of Ocean Energy Management


Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Scientific Committee

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

ACTION: Notice of Vacancies and Request for Nominations.


SUMMARY: BOEM is seeking interested and qualified individuals to serve 
on its OCS Scientific Committee (Committee) during the period of 
October 15, 2014, through October 14, 2017. The initial 3-year term may 
be renewable for up to an additional 3 years. The Committee is 
chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to advise the 
Secretary of the Interior, through the Director of BOEM, on the 
scientific quality and value for decisionmaking of the OCS 
Environmental Studies Program (ESP). The ESP, which was authorized by 
the Outer Continental Shelf Land Act as amended (Section 20), is 
administered by BOEM and covers a wide range of field and laboratory 
studies in biology, chemistry, and physical oceanography, as well as 
studies of the social and economic impacts of OCS energy and marine 
minerals development.
    As a FACA committee, the Committee provides advice from vetted, 
consensus-oriented, experts that are more focused and technically 
deeper than public hearings typically can provide. The recognized 
expertise and diverse associations of the Committee members also help 
BOEM build partnerships and optimize resources.
    The OCS Scientific Committee comprises distinguished scientists in 
appropriate disciplines of the biological, physical, chemical and 
social sciences. We will have 15 positions to fill on the Committee by 
October 14, 2014. These positions exist in the fields of economics, 
physical oceanography, and biological oceanography/marine biology. We 
are interested in scientists who have experience in those disciplines, 
and we also look for geographical balance, drawing members from the 
contiguous United States, Alaska, and Hawaii.
    The selections are based on maintaining disciplinary expertise in 
all areas of research, as well as geographic balance. Demonstrated 
knowledge of the scientific issues related to OCS energy and mineral 
development is essential. Selections are made by the Secretary of the 
Interior on the basis of these factors.
    Ethics Responsibilities of Members: All members will comply with 
applicable rules and regulations. The Department of the Interior will 
provide materials to those members appointed as Special Government 
Employees explaining their ethical obligations with which the members 
should be familiar. Consistent with the ethics requirements, members 
will endeavor to avoid any actions that would cause the public to 
question the integrity of the Committee's operations, activities or 
advice. The provisions of this paragraph do not affect any other 
statutory or regulatory ethical obligations to which a member may be 
    Interested individuals should send a letter of interest and resume 
within 30 days to: Ms. Phyllis Clark, Bureau of Ocean Energy 
Management, Division of Environmental Studies, 381 Elden Street, Mail 
Stop HM-3115, Herndon, Virginia 20170. She may be reached by telephone 
at (703) 787-1716.

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

    Dated: April 14, 2014.
William Y. Brown,
Chief Environmental Officer, Office of Environmental Programs.
[FR Doc. 2014-09277 Filed 4-23-14; 8:45 am]