[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 34 (Tuesday, February 23, 2021)]
[Pages 10937-10938]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-03550]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; 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 for a 
meeting of the Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB). OEAB members 
will discuss and provide advice on Federal ocean exploration

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programs, with a particular emphasis on the topics identified in the 
section on Matters to Be Considered.

DATES: The announced meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 
and Thursday, April 8, 2021 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 https://oeab.noaa.gov/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David McKinnie, Designated Federal 
Officer, Ocean Exploration Advisory Board, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, [email protected] or (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) Ocean exploration in the context of administration 
priorities, (2) Annual review of the Office of Ocean Exploration and 
Research competitive grants program, (3) Office of Ocean Exploration 
and Research updates, and (4) other matters as described in the agenda. 
The agenda and other meeting materials will be made available on the 
OEAB website at https://oeab.noaa.gov/.
    Status: The meeting will be open to the public with a 15-minute 
public comment period on the second day of the meeting, Thursday, April 
8, 2021, 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 website.
    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 April 2, 2021, to provide sufficient time for OEAB 
review. Written comments received after April 2, 2021, will be 
distributed to the OEAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting 
    Special Accommodations: Requests for sign language interpretation 
or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Designated Federal 
Officer by April 2, 2021.

    Dated: February 3, 2021.
David Holst,
Director Chief Financial Officer/CAO, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 2021-03550 Filed 2-22-21; 8:45 am]