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Nominations for Membership on Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel

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AGENCY:

Department of the Navy, DoD.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel (ORRAP) is soliciting nominations for new members.

DATES:

Nominations should be submitted no later than February 3, 2006.

ADDRESS:

Nominations should be submitted via E-Mail to LCDR Cory Huyssoon, U.S. Navy, at huyssoc@onr.navy.mil.

Contact Information: Office of Naval Research, 875 North Randolph Street, Suite 1425, ATTN: ONR Code 322B Room 1075, Arlington, VA 22203-1995, telephone 703-696-4395.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dr. Melbourne G. Briscoe, Office of Naval Start Printed Page 76036Research, 875 North Randolph Street, Suite 1425, Arlington, VA 22203-1995, telephone 703-696-4120.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

ORRAP (originally known as the Ocean Research Advisory Panel, ORAP) is a statutorily mandated Federal advisory committee that provides senior scientific advice to the National Oceanographic Research Leadership Council (NORLC), the governing body of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP). ORAP advises the NORLC on policies, procedures, selection of partnership projects and allocation of partnership funds, as well as other responsibilities that NORLC considers appropriate. The President's Ocean Action Plan (OAP), released December 17, 2004, created a coordinated ocean governance structure, including the Interagency Committee on Ocean Science and Resource Management Integration (ICOSRMI). The OAP mandated that an expanded version of the existing ORAP, including ocean resource management, would provide independent advice and guidance to the ICOSRMI. Since the NORLC is conducting its business through the ICOSRMI, ORRAP advises ICOSRMI to meet its legislative obligations to the NORLC as well as its OAP obligations.

Panel Member Duties and Responsibilities: Members of the panel represent the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, ocean industries, state governments, academia, and others including individuals who are eminent in the fields of marine science and technology, marine policy, or related fields, including ocean resource management and ocean-related social sciences and socio-economics. Members are appointed for not more than four years, and are not normally compensated except for travel expenses and per diem while away from their homes in performance of services for the panel.

The panel meets for at least one two-day public meeting per year, but possibly meets three times per year, on dates agreeable by the panel members; attendance at meetings is expected. Intercessional activities not involving formal decisions or recommendations may be carried out electronically, and the panel may establish sub-panels composed of less than full membership to carry out panel duties.

Nominations: Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals (including one's self) for membership on the panel. Nominated individuals should have extended expertise and experience in the field of ocean science and/or ocean resource management. Nominations should be identified by name, occupation, position, address, telephone number, E-Mail address, and a brief paragraph describing their qualifications in the context of the ORRAP Charter (http://www.nopp.org/​Dev2Go.web?​id=​221086). A résumé or curriculum vitae should be included in the nomination package.

Process and Deadline for Submitting Nominations: Submit nominations via E-Mail to huyssoc@onr.navy.mil no later than February 3, 2006. Nominations will be acknowledged and nominators will be informed of the new panel members, which are ultimately selected and approved. From the nominees identified by respondents to this Federal Register notice, the ORRAP Nomination Committee will down select to a short-list of available candidates (150 percent of the available open positions for consideration). These selected candidates will be required to fill-out the “Confidential Financial Disclosure Report” OGE form 450. This confidential form will allow Government officials to determine whether there is a statutory conflict between person's public responsibilities and private interests and activities, or the appearance of a lack of impartiality, as defined by Federal regulation. The form and additional guidance may be viewed from the following URL address: (http://www.ethics.navy.mil/​forms.asp#450).

In accordance with section 7903 of title 10, United States Code, and with DoD FACA regulations, the short-list of candidates will then be submitted for selection by the Secretary of the Navy with approval by the Secretary of Defense. In order to have the collective breadth of experience in the panel and maintain full panel membership, six to eight new candidates are expected to be selected with terms to begin in July 2006.

The selection of new panel members will be based on the nominee's qualifications to provide senior scientific and resource management advice to the NORLC/ICOSRMI; the availability of the potential panel member to fully participate in the panel meetings; absence of any conflict of interest or appearance of lack of impartiality, and lack of bias; the candidates' areas of expertise and professional qualifications; and achieving an overall balance of different perspectives and expertise on the panel.

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Dated: December 12, 2005.

Eric McDonald,

Lieutenant Commander, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer.

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[FR Doc. E5-7648 Filed 12-21-05; 8:45 am]

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