H.R. 1834, The National Ocean Exploration Program Act
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H.R. 1834 would authorize the national ocean exploration program and the national undersea research program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
<b>Title I: National Ocean Exploration Program - </b>National Ocean Exploration Program Act - (Sec. 102) Requires the Secretary of Commerce to conduct a coordinated national ocean exploration program in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that promotes collaboration with existing NOAA programs.
(Sec. 103) Sets forth program authorities.
(Sec. 104) Requires the NOAA Administrator to appoint an Ocean Exploration Advisory Board.
(Sec. 105) Declares that nothing in this title or title II of this Act supersedes or limits the authority of the Secretary of the Interior under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.
(Sec. 106) Authorizes appropriations.
<b>Title II: Undersea Research Program - </b>National Undersea Research Program Act of 2007 - (Sec. 202) Requires the Administrator to conduct an undersea research program to increase scientific knowledge regarding management, use, and preservation of oceanic, coastal, and large lake resources.
(Sec. 204) Requires that the program be conducted through a national headquarters, a network of extramural regional undersea research centers representing all NOAA regions, and a national technology institute.
(Sec. 205) Specifies the research, exploration, education, and technology programs to be conducted through the network of extramural regional centers and the National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology.
(Sec. 206) Requires, except for a small discretionary fund for rapid response activities, that external projects supported by the regional centers be managed using an open and competitive process.
(Sec. 207)Authorizes appropriations.
<b>Title III: Interagency Financing, Planning, and Coordination - </b>(Sec. 301) Authorizes NOAA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of the Navy, and other federal agencies involved in programs under this Act to participate in interagency financing and share, transfer, receive, and spend funds appropriated to any federal participant in the program.
(Sec. 302) Requires the NOAA Administrator to convene an ocean exploration and undersea research technology and infrastructure task force.
Status of the Legislation
Latest Major Action: 12/18/2007: Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 304.
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