[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 178 (Monday, September 14, 2020)]
[Pages 56588-56589]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-20117]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB); 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 for a 
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

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the topics identified in the section on Matters to Be Considered.

DATES: The announced meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 1, 
2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT and Friday, October 2, 2020, from 
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT.

ADDRESSES: This will be a virtual meeting. Information about how to 
participate will be posted to the OEAB website at http://oeab.noaa.gov.

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.
    Matters to be Considered: The OEAB will discuss the following 
topics: (1) NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research program 
review and other updates; (2) the National Strategy for Mapping, 
Exploring, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic 
Zone; (3) ocean exploration partnerships; (4) national ocean 
exploration priorities in the Pacific; and (5) other matters as 
described in the agenda. The agenda and other meeting materials will be 
made available on the OEAB website at http://oeab.noaa.gov.
    Status: The meeting will be open to the public with a 15-minute 
public comment period on Friday, October 2, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. to 
3:15 p.m. EDT (please check the final agenda on the OEAB website to 
confirm the time). The public may listen to the meeting and provide 
comments during the public comment period via teleconference. 
Participation information will be on the meeting agenda on 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 September 28, 2020, to provide sufficient time for 
OEAB review. Written comments received after September 28, 2020, will 
be distributed to the OEAB but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting 
    Special Accomodations: Requests for sign language interpretation or 
other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Designated Federal 
Officer by September 28, 2020.

    Dated: September 8, 2020.
David Holst,
Director Chief Financial Officer/CAO, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 2020-20117 Filed 9-11-20; 8:45 am]