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DOI - 21411 - Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameOuter Continental Shelf Policy CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2010Committee Number21411
Original Establishment Date5/18/2006Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date6/5/2010Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date6/5/2008Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Acting Associate Director, Offshore Energy & Minerals Management
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date6/5/2010Designated Federal Officer First Name*Robert
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameP.
Specific Termination AuthorityAGENCYDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*LaBelle
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*AGENCYDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 208-3530
Effective Date Of Authority*5/18/2006Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 208-6048
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate Required 
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Policy Committee (PC) provides advice to the Secretary of the Interior through the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) related to discretionary functions of the Bureau under the OCS Lands Act (OCSLA) and related statutes. The OCSPC reviews and comments on all aspects of energy leasing, exploration, development and protection of OCS resources and provides a forum to convey views representative of coastal states, local government, offshore industries, environmental community, energy consumers, other users of the OCS, and the interested public. The full OCSPC meets as needed in an open public forum to assist the Department and BOEMRE in managing the Nation’s OCS resources. At the time its charter expired, the OCSPC was utilizing its three subcommittees and a working group to compile information and conduct research on OCS oil and gas leasing; OCS hard minerals/marine minerals; alternate energy related uses on the OCS; OCS revenue sharing; and geophysical and geological studies in former moratoria areas on the OCS. At the May 2010 meeting, the Secretary charged the OCSPC to assist the Department and BOEMRE in determining whether the current composition and scope and objectives of the OCSPC were appropriate to effectively address the very broad and emerging issues/responsibilities under the OCSLA and related statutes such as key national issues on offshore energy including the Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program, safety and environmental protection, and defining a “way forward” for providing access to OCS renewable energy resources.
How is membership balanced?*Members of the Committee are appointed by the Secretary for their ability to represent specific constituencies who have an interest in how OCS resources are managed. The Secretary approved 22 non-Federal member positions on the Committee to ensure representation of the interests of coastal states, local government, offshore industries, environmental organizations, energy consumers and other stakeholders of the OCS. In addition to the 22 non-Federal voting members, there are currently two coastal states participating as state ex officio nonvoting designees. Since there are only eleven voting coastal state positions on the OCSPC, the charter was written to provide an opportunity for the other thirteen coastal states, if they so desired, to share their views and concerns during Committee deliberations. They serve in the same capacity as the nonvoting federal ex officio members. The Department and BOEMRE’s goal was to form a diverse committee that represents a wide variety of views on OCS resource issues. As new responsibilities were assigned to the BOEMRE, the current membership was reviewed to ensure that all stakeholders are fairly represented. In 2010, the Secretary and senior management reviewed the current and potential program activity over the next two years and the pending reorganization of the former MMS and determined that further input would be needed from the OCS stakeholders before a final decision would be made on future composition and/or scope of the Committee.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee meets at the request of the Director, but not less than once a year. Subcommittees meet as necessary to accomplish their assignments, subject to the approval of the Committee Chair, the DFO, and the BOEMRE and the availability of resources. The annual Committee meeting was postponed several times during the fiscal year for various reasons. A special meeting was held in May 2010 to address the current scope and objective, membership composition, and potential changes needed to assist the Department with managing the OCS resources and the nation's need for a reliable energy source.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Coordination with stakeholders is essential to the work of the BOEMRE. Since its inception, the BOEMRE has been committed to working with its constituencies. The OCSPC provides a forum to address the myriad of policy issues that the BOEMRE is responsible for under the OCSLA, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1331 et. seq.), including the provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-058) and the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-432). This Committee is unique, and there are no other existing committees that serve this function. The issues the OCSPC addresses are long-term, controversial in nature and subject to frequent change in program emphasis. The primary purpose of the OCSPC is to provide top level decisionmakers with information and recommendations to support informed decisions impacting the Offshore Energy and Minerals Management/BOEMRE 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. The OCSPC supports, plans and conducts program evaluation which has direct impact on the success of the MMS to conduct its mission related to development and conservation of offshore energy and mineral resources on the OCS. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 amended the OCSLA to give authority to the Department of the Interior to coordinate the development of an alternative energy program on the OCS and alternate uses of existing OCS facilities. The expertise and counsel of the Committee will be key as the alternative energy program and its related policies and regulations are implemented, in addition to advising the BOEMRE on its other OCS responsibilities.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksThe OCSPC’s charter expired on June 5, 2010. The Agency will review scope and objective to determine whether to reestablish as is or restructure as appropriate.

This document references the Bureau name change in June 2010 from Minerals Management Service (MMS) to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE).


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentN/A
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe cost savings from utilizing the Committee’s expertise on OCS issues cannot be measured monetarily. The Department and the BOEMRE benefit from sound advice in managing the Nation’s natural resources, which very possibly leads to cost avoidance. When the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 was enacted, there were many ambiguities in the law that if left unaddressed could have lead to inadequate regulation at best, litigation at worst. The OCSPC formed a subcommittee which ultimately offered legislative changes that were accepted, leading the way to sound regulation. Similarly, coastal state participation through the OCSPC contributes to the collaborative development of a five year leasing program, renewable energy programs and the Coastal Impact Assistance Program that is less likely to be challenged at every stage.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*14Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe number of recommendations for the OCSPC will be cumulatively counted from November 2004, when the OCSPC was restructured and chartered as a stand alone committee independent of the Minerals Management Advisory Board, to present. The cumulative number of recommendations does not include recommendations from the May 2010 meeting.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*71.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Bureau appreciates the Committee’s serious attention and hard work in providing timely and valuable advice regarding the OCS Program and strives to implement the Committee's recommendations whenever feasible.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentN/AAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The DFO provides the Committee with periodic updates on OCS related activities and new issues that arise. When recommendations are formally transmitted to the DFO, they are responded to accordingly.Narrative Description*The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Policy Committee (PC) advises the Secretary of the Interior through the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) on matters related to discretionary functions of the Bureau under the OCS Lands Act (OCSLA) and related statutes. The OCSPC and its subgroups provide a sound mechanism for coordinating and consulting with affected OCS stakeholders to develop a comprehensive renewable energy program for the OCS in addition to addressing other mission critical issues related to managing the offshore oil and gas leasing program and other mineral/energy resources.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$1,542.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$100,929.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$9,710.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$85.00Est 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$1,400.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$113,666.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.50
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.50Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-009841Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee2009
 COM-011119Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee2008
 COM-011828Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee2007
 COM-013094Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee2006
 COM-013649Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee2005
 COM-014837Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee2004