[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 79 (Tuesday, April 24, 2018)]
[Page 17806]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-08523]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB) Public Meeting of the 
Ocean Exploration Advisory Board

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 National Oceanographic 
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) leadership priorities and how 
they align with a national ocean exploration program. Other topics will 
include implementation of the President's Executive Order on a Federal 
Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals; 
other federal agency activity in support of this executive order; NOAA 
Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) activities; and other 
matters as described in the agenda found on the OEAB website at http://oeab.noaa.gov.

DATES: The announced meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, 2018 
from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT and Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 9:00 to 
5:00 p.m. EDT.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Morrison-Clark Historic Inn 
at 1011 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

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.
    Status: The meeting will be open to the public with a 15-minute 
public comment period on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 11:45 a.m. to 
12:00 p.m. EDT (please check the final agenda on the website to confirm 
the time). The public may listen to the meeting and provide comments 
during the public comment period via teleconference. Dial-in 
information may be found on the meeting agenda posted to the OEAB 
    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 May 1, 2018 to provide sufficient time for OEAB 
review. Written comments received after May 1, 2018 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 Accommodations: 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 (see below) by May 1, 2018.

    Dated: April 13, 2018.
David Holst,
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer, Office of Oceanic 
and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
[FR Doc. 2018-08523 Filed 4-23-18; 8:45 am]