Interagency Governance

Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force - Policy Coordination Framework

Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force – Policy Coordination Framework

National Ocean Council

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is the key forum for ensuring integration and coordination on priority areas within the NOC. It will be a high-level, streamlined body of five members from OSTP, CEQ, one Chair each of the Ocean Resource Management Interagency Policy Committee (ORM-IPC) and Ocean Science and Technology Interagency Policy Committee (OST-IPC), and the Director of the NOC Staff.

Ocean Resource Management Interagency Policy Committee

The ORM-IPC will function as the ocean resource management body of the NOC, with an emphasis on ensuring the interagency implementation of the National Policy, national priority objectives, and other priorities defined or approved by the NOC. Chairs of the ORM-IPC will be designated by the NOC and the Committee will consist of Deputy Assistant Secretaries or comparable representatives, or appropriate senior-level representatives with decision-making authority from departments, agencies and offices represented on the NOC.

Ocean Science and Technology Interagency Policy Committee (OST-IPC)

The OST-IPC will function as the ocean science and technology body of the NOC, with an emphasis on ensuring the interagency implementation of the National Policy, national priority objectives, and other priorities for science and technology objectives. Chairs of the OST-IPC will be appointed through the National Science and Technology Council procedures in consultation with the NOC, and the Committee will consist of Deputy Assistant Secretaries or comparable representatives, or appropriate senior-level representatives with decision-making authority from departments, agencies, and offices represented on the NOC.

Governance Coordinating Committee

The NOC will establish the GCC, in consultation with appropriate state, tribal or local organizations, that consists of 18 members from states, Federally-recognized tribes, and local governments. Members are chosen by the NOC and will comprise:

  • one state representative each from the Great Lakes Region, Gulf of Mexico Region, Mid-Atlantic Region, Northeast Region, South Atlantic Region, and West Coast Region
  • one state representative each from Alaska, the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean
  • two at-large representatives from inland States
  • one state legislative representative
  • three at-large tribal representatives
  • three local government representatives from coastal states (i.e., two mayors and one county official)