[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 124 (Wednesday, June 29, 2022)]
[Pages 38713-38714]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-13925]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Public Meeting of the Ocean Exploration Advisory Board

AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), 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 the Federal ocean exploration 
program, with a particular emphasis on the topics identified in the 
section on Matters to Be Considered.

DATES: The announced meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 6, 2022 
from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (EDT) and Thursday, July 7, 2022 from 9:00 
a.m.-2:30 p.m. (EDT).

ADDRESSES: This will be an in-person meeting. The meeting will be held 
at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Silver Spring 
Metro Center in Building 3 (SSMC3) Room 5836, located at 1315 East West 
Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Information about how to participate, 
including COVID-19 related protocols and remote access, will be posted 
to the OEAB website at https://oeab.noaa.gov/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David Turner, Designated Federal 
Officer, Ocean Exploration Advisory Board, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, [email protected] or (859) 327-9661.

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 deliberate about the rapid 
evolution of ocean exploration as a discipline; the rapidly emerging 
technological capabilities that are in many ways driving that 
evolution; and new opportunities that are revealed in the wake of that 
evolution. They will also receive updates from NOAA Ocean Exploration 
staff and engage in discussions about current and future programs; data 
integration and analysis capabilities currently being deployed by the 
private sector; and how NOAA mapping and exploration activities in the 
Pacific Ocean can support National strategic objectives. Portions of 
the meeting may be partially closed to the public based upon provisions 
of the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (Pub. L. 94-409). 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 via remote access 
and include a 30-minute public comment period on Thursday, July 7, 
2022, from 11:00-11:30 a.m. (EDT). Please check the final agenda on the 
OEAB website to confirm the public comment period schedule.
    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 June 27, 2022, to provide sufficient time for OEAB 
review. Written comments received after June 27, 2022, will be 
distributed to the OEAB but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting 
date. Comments should be submitted to

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Designated Federal Officer [email protected].
    Special Accomodations: Requests for sign language interpretation or 
other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Designated Federal 
Officer by June 27, 2022.

Paul Johnson,
Acting Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Office of Oceanic 
and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
[FR Doc. 2022-13925 Filed 6-28-22; 8:45 am]