* Infrastructure--Agencies have no procedure for decommissioning infrastructure.
* Implementation Plan
* Will regions that have moved forward pass on information to other Regions and the ORAP?
* It is important to continue working with the states on marine planning.
* ORAP membership, meetings
* The ORAP needs members that have multiple skill sets which will help ORAP with calling subject matter experts on the various topics that ORAP is asked to report on; the NOC should consider these when selecting nominees.
* ORAP would like to connect with the Government Coordinating Committee.
* Silos in the OMB negatively impact the ability of the agencies to conduct interagency activities once they have been planned.
* Comments on this impact should be included in the report(s).
Briefing: Balancing Ocean Infrastructure With Ocean Research--R. Weller Provided the Briefing Over the Phone
Highlights from the brief included:
* The task from the NOC was to report on how best to balance infrastructure and research if there is no new funding.
* The report will:
* Adopt the
* Review evolution of ocean sciences
* Capabilities to field infrastructure
* Report Outline--Introduction; Summary & Review of the Portfolio and Processes; Problems, Challenges & Opportunities; Recommendations; and Summary of Recommendations
* Completed portions--Introduction; Summary & Review of the Portfolio and Processes; Problems, Challenges and Opportunities
* Introduction--contains a review of the tasking and changes that have happened in the field.
* Summary of the Portfolio--contains a review of the current infrastructure using the NRC definition, current agency funding (later discussion led to decision to not include funding), processes by which agencies make decisions, mechanisms that influence each agency's decision, external influences on agencies that change/modify/shape their decisions (e.g., OMB), role of the community in setting the balance; and the time horizons of processes and procedures (i.e., some decisions like fleet replacement have very long time horizons).
* Problems, Challenges & Opportunities--there are no multi-year budgets for agencies; how do you coordinate things that you can't share?
* Mechanisms--still working on this section.
* Some of the former NRC committees that advised on expenditures don't exist any longer.
Highlights from the discussion included:
* Issues include inadequate funding to support both infrastructure and research using the data collected by the infrastructure; lack of agency coordination which leads to both duplication of infrastructure and not considering that one agency's infrastructure is used by other agencies; and absence of mechanisms for sun-setting infrastructure.
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