[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 174 (Wednesday, September 9, 2015)]
[Page 54273]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-22688]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Ocean Exploration Advisory Board Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a 
forthcoming meeting of the Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB). 
OEAB members will discuss and provide advice on Federal ocean 
exploration programs, with a particular emphasis on National Oceanic 
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and 
Research (OER) activities, in the areas of: The U.S. Extended 
Continental Shelf Project, current and future exploration priorities, 
NOAA's ocean exploration partnerships, the next National Forum on Ocean 
Exploration, and other matters as described in the agenda found on the 
OEAB Web site at http://oeab.noaa.gov.

DATES: The announced meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 1, 2015 
from 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. EDT, and Friday, October 2, 2015 from 8:30 
a.m.-12:25 p.m. EDT.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the University of Rhode Island 
Graduate School of Oceanography Coastal Institute, Hazards Room 215, 
South Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI 02882.
    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15-
minute public comment period on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. 
EDT (please check the agenda on the Web site to confirm the time). The 
OEAB expects that public statements at its meetings will not be 
repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In 
general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be 
limited to three minutes. The Designated Federal Officer must receive 
written comments by September 23, 2015 to provide sufficient time for 
OEAB review. Written comments received after September 23, 2015 will be 
distributed to the OEAB but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting 
date. Seats will be available on a first-come first-served basis.
    Special Accomodations: These meetings are physically accessible to 
people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or 
other auxiliary aids should be directed to David McKinnie, Designated 
Federal Officer, at (206) 526-6950 by September 16, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David McKinnie, Designated Federal 
Officer, Ocean Exploration Advisory Board, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115, 
(206) 526-6950.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NOAA established the OEAB under the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and legislation that gives the agency 
statutory authority to operate an ocean exploration program and to 
coordinate a national program of ocean exploration. The OEAB advises 
NOAA leadership on strategic planning, exploration priorities, 
competitive ocean exploration grant programs, and other matters as the 
NOAA Administrator requests.
    OEAB members represent government agencies, the private sector, 
academic institutions, and not-for-profit institutions involved in all 
facets of ocean exploration--from advanced technology to citizen 
    In addition to advising NOAA leadership, NOAA expects the OEAB to 
help to define and develop a national program of ocean exploration--a 
network of stakeholders and partnerships advancing national priorities 
for ocean exploration.

    Dated: September 1, 2015.
Jason Donaldson,
Chief Financial Officer, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 2015-22688 Filed 9-8-15; 8:45 am]