Skip to main content
Content Starts Here GSA Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Database Skip to main content

Committee Detail

Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameOcean Energy Safety Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2015Committee Number76815
Original Establishment Date2/8/2011Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date2/6/2015Committee URLhttp://www.bsee.gov/About-BSEE/Public-Engagemen...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date2/6/2013Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Chief, Emerging Technologies Branch, BSEE Offshore Regulatory Programs & Senior Engineer
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Joseph
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameR.
Specific Termination Authority5 U.S.C. App. 2, as AmendedDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Levine
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*AGENCYDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 787-1033
Effective Date Of Authority*2/8/2011Designated Federal Officer Fax*(703) 787-1575
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*joseph.levine@bsee.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee (OESC) provides recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior, through the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director, on matters and actions relating to offshore energy safety, including, but not limited to, drilling and workplace safety, well intervention and containment, and oil spill response. The charter as currently written also allows for the Committee to facilitate collaborative research and development, training and execution in these and other areas relating to offshore energy safety.
How is membership balanced?*Committee membership consists of a chairman and approximately 14 members representing the interests of the Federal Government, the offshore energy industry, the academic community, and non-governmental organizations. The chair is appointed based on expertise in the field of offshore energy safety and designated as special government employee.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The current charter states that the OESC will meet approximately five times annually, and at such times as designated by the DFO. Subcommittees will meet as necessary to accomplish their assignments, subject to the approval of the DFO, BSEE, and the availability of resources.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The OESC was chartered on February 8, 2011, to advise the Secretary of the Interior, through the BSEE Director, on a variety of issues related to offshore energy safety. Coordination with stakeholders is essential to the work of BSEE. Since its inception, BSEE has been committed to working with its constituencies. The expertise and counsel of the OESC will provide top level decisionmakers with information and recommendations to support informed decisions impacting offshore regulatory programs, policies, and operations, including short and long range plans that can be broad in scope, sensitive in nature and highly technically. Objectives may conflict due to changes in legislative or regulatory guidelines. There are no other existing committees that serve this function. While the issues the OESC addresses are long-term, complex topics, they are also focused and mission driven. Furthermore, other means of receiving public input, such as public hearings do not provide the thoughtful, consensus-based input that is sought from this Committee.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksThe Committee has fulfilled its duties as stated in the Charter and will not be renewed.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNot Applicable
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentIt is too early to tell what, if any, the costs savings will be to the agency as a result of the activities of the OESC.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*56Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentAt the April 2011 meeting, the OESC recommended that DOI establish four subcommittees to assist the full Committee in addressing oil spill prevention, oil spill containment, oil spill response and safety management systems.At the April 2012 meeting, the OESC made five recommendations that addressed safety management system enhancements; safety culture; leadership and communication training; organizational and systems readiness for containment response; and assessment and development of research priorities for containment of a non-capable blowout. They were formally submitted to the BSEE Director for consideration and appropriate action on May 17, 2012. Actual recommendations and Agency response can be viewed in the meetings section and on the OESC's website.At the August 2012 meeting, the OESC recommended that two new subcommittees be established to evaluate arctic issues and a proposed ocean energy safety institute. The two subcommittees were established by DFO Levine during the meeting proceedings. Twenty-five additional recommendations that addressed spill containment, spill prevention, spill response, and safety management systems were approved by the OESC at the August meeting and were formally submitted to the BSEE Director for consideration and appropriate action on October 15, 2012. Actual recommendations and Agency response can be viewed in the meetings section and on the OESC's website. At the January 2013 meeting, twenty recommendations that addressed spill prevention, safety management systems, spill containment, a proposed ocean energy safety institute, and the Arctic were approved by the OESC and formally transmitted to BSEE Director for consideration and appropriate action on January 25, 2013. Actual recommendations and Agency response can be viewed in the meetings section and on the OESC's website.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*75.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAll four subcommittees have been established and have held meetings both in-person and via teleconference. They provided their plan of action, status reports, white papers and interim recommendations for the full Committee's consideration at the July 2011, November 2011, April 2012, August 2012 and January 2013 meetings, respectively. BSEE Director Watson responded to the five recommendations transmitted to the Agency on behalf of the OESC by Chairman Hunter on May 17, 2012.The two new subcommittees on arctic issues and a proposed ocean energy safety institute were established by DFO Levine on August 30, 2012. Members have been identified and meetings have been held. The new subcommittees provided updates and interim recommendations for the full Committee's consideration at the January 2013 meeting.BSEE Director Watson responded to the twenty-five August 2012 recommendations transmitted to the Agency on behalf of the OESC by Chairman Hunter on October 15, 2012. Response is available on the OESC's website.BSEE Director Watson responded to the twenty January 2013 recommendations transmitted to the Agency on behalf of the OESC by Chairman Hunter on August 14, 2013. Response is available on the OESC's website.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentN/AAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentFrom inception (fiscal year 2011) to date, the OESC has been addressed by the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, former Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director, and BSEE Director during open public proceedings. BSEE Director Watson responded in writing to the OESC's April 2012 recommendations formally submitted on May 17, 2012 and as appropriate at the August 2012 public meeting. He responded to the recommendations approved at the August 2012 meeting, on January 4, 2013, and as appropriate at the January 2013 public meeting. He responded to the recommendations approved at the January 2013 meeting, on August 14, 2013. Responses are also available on the OESC's website.Narrative Description*The Committee has fulfilled its duties as stated in the Charter and will not be renewed.The Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee (OESC) provides advice to the Secretary of the Interior through, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director, on all matters related to offshore energy management. The full OESC will meet as needed in an open public forum to assist the Department with BSEE’s mission and long-term strategy to address the various challenges and inherent risks associated with offshore drilling, in particular deepwater drilling.
Hide Section - COSTS

COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

To View all the members, meetings and advisory reports for this committee please click here
Hide Section - CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

No Documents Found
Hide Section - DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

  
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-004984Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005734Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007015Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007908Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee2011