Led by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Department of Interior (DOI), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Navy, the ORM subcommittee is composed of 15 Departments and Agencies across the Federal government.
In August 2018, the Ocean Policy Committee (OPC) established the Ocean Resource Management (ORM) Subcommittee to focus on topics and actions that address regulatory and policy coordination associated with coastal and ocean management. Nearly 20 Federal agencies and White House offices comprise the ORM, which is codified as a body of the OPC within the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act.
The goals of the ORM are to:
- Support regulatory and policy coordination associated with coastal and ocean management, including engagement with regional ocean partnerships and stakeholders
- Address data and information needs to support Federal and regional coastal and ocean management, including collaboration with regional ocean partnerships and stakeholders
- Address Federal and regional ocean-related matters that may require interagency or intergovernmental solutions
Recent ORM efforts include increasing the timely release of Federal marine data and identifying opportunities and recommending actions to increase the efficiency of the permitting and authorization processes for ocean research, mapping, and characterization activities through reduced duplication and better coordination across Federal agencies.
ORM Subcommittee member agencies include:
- Council on Environmental Quality (co-chair)
- Department of Commerce (co-chair)
- Department of Interior (co-chair)
- Department of Defense, Navy (co-chair)
- Department of Justice
- Department of State
- Department of Transportation
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Joint Chiefs of Staff
- National Science Foundation
- Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army – Civil Works
- Office of the Director of National Intelligence
- Office of Management and Budget
- Office of the Vice President
- United States Coast Guard