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Committee NameOcean Research Advisory PanelAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number5214
Original Establishment Date11/18/1997Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*18
Current Charter Date4/22/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter4/22/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Thomas
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameG.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Drake
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*10 U.S.C. § 7903Designated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 696-1206
Effective Date Of Authority*11/18/1997Designated Federal Officer Fax*(703) 696-3390
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Panel advises the National Ocean Council on national ocean policy, responds to specific policy issues raised by the Council and Interagency Committee, and conducts regular overviews of sponsored projects. The Panel Chair and Vice-Chairs periodically attend Council and Interagency Committee meetings to brief ORAP findings and results. These are not closed meetings. The Chair of the National Council periodically addresses public meetings of the ORAP.
How is membership balanced?*Members of the Panel are selected to represent the views of ocean industries, State governments, academia, resource management, and others. These members exceed the statutory requirement and bring a powerful range of expertise to inform national policy regarding ocean research and resource management.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Regular meetings are normally held at least twice yearly. The Panel addresses topical issues raised by the National Ocean Council, and provides recommendations regarding the National Oceanographic Partnership Program investment strategy.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Federal statute (10 U.S.C. § 7903) requires the Secretary of Defense to establish the committee.
Why close or partially close meetings?No closed meetings held during FY 2017.Meetings are not closed to the public unless the DoD determines that items on the planned agenda meet the closed meeting provisions of 5 U.S.C. § 552b(c). Pursuant to DoD policy closed meetings can only be authorized by the DoD Sponsor, the Secretary of the Navy, and only after consultation with the Office of General Counsel for the Department of the Navy.
Recommendation RemarksNo meetings or activities conducted in FY 2019.

ORAP activities were suspended in FY18 and FY19 while OSD reviewed and revalidated all Federal Advisory Committee activities in DoD. In July 2019 it was confirmed that ORAP will remain within the Department of the Navy and was authorized to resume activities. Current actions include reconstitution of the ORAP committee by updating the affidavit of appointments and other documents for each current member as well as commencement of the referral process for adding new members to reach the required number of committee members to conduct business in FY20.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentSignificant contributions were made to the National Ocean Council.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*52Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentRecommendations are broad policy comments to the National Ocean Council.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*40.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentRecommendations are general policy comments relevant to multiple agencies used to assist and inform their investments. Tracking the implementation of recommendations is complicated as the onus for implementation, and the degree to which recommendations are implemented, is dispersed among multiple government entities and other organizations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*20.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentRecommendations are general policy comments relevant to multiple agencies used to assist and inform their investments. Tracking the implementation of recommendations is complicated as the onus for implementation, and the degree to which recommendations are implemented, is dispersed among multiple government entities and other organizations.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentCommittee information and documentation is included as well as the FAC database
Agency Feedback CommentFeedback is provided through direct communication between the Chair of the National Ocean Council and the Committee. Feedback is contained in the Panel minutes.Narrative Description*The ORAP supports the agency's mission by providing senior scientific advise to the National Ocean Council. Advice is provided on policies and procedures on National Ocean Partnership Program investments, resource management, and ocean policy.
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001375Ocean Research Advisory Panel2017
 COM-002879Ocean Research Advisory Panel2016
 COM-003562Ocean Research Advisory Panel2015
 COM-004991Ocean Research Advisory Panel2014
 COM-005583Ocean Research Advisory Panel2013
 COM-007148Ocean Research Advisory Panel2012
 COM-007709Ocean Research Advisory Panel2011
 COM-009271Ocean Research Advisory Panel2010
 COM-009771Ocean Research Advisory Panel2009
 COM-011253Ocean Research Advisory Panel2008
 COM-011722Ocean Research Advisory Panel2007
 COM-013111Ocean Research Advisory Panel2006
 COM-013554Ocean Research Advisory Panel2005
 COM-014984Ocean Research Advisory Panel2004
 COM-015456Ocean Research Advisory Panel2003
 COM-017034Ocean Research Advisory Panel2002
 COM-017408Ocean Research Advisory Panel2001
 COM-018954Ocean Research Advisory Panel2000
 COM-019308Ocean Research Advisory Panel1999
 COM-020862Ocean Research Advisory Panel1998
 COM-033069Ocean Research Advisory Panel2018