Advocacy

The IOOS Association works on behalf of our regional and federal partners to ensure that users continue to have access to quality and timely information about our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.

Reauthorization of the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observing System (ICOOS) Act of 2009

The ICOOS Act provides the foundation coordinating the observing efforts of the Federal agencies and the regional systems.  It establishes the standards and protocols for integrating Federal and non-federal data to provide users with seamless access to the most important information.  

Senate Bill – S 1886 -  The Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act
S 1886 has been introduced by Senators Wicker (R-MS) and Cantwell (D-WA).  S 1886 has passed the Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard Subcommittee of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and will soon be submitted for passage by unanimous consent.

UPDATE, October 2016: Senate passes bill to reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System (ICOOS) Act.

House Bill  HR 2477 -  Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observing Act Amendments
Representative Don Young (R-AK) and Congressman Gregorio Sablan (I-MPO) have introduced HR 2477.   The bill currently has 26 cosponsors.  

Important Links:

  • ICOOS Act of 2009 (2009 | PDF)
  • S 1886 - The Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act (2016 | PDF )
    • For up-to-date status of Senate Bill, please see HERE
  • HR 2477 -  Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observing Act Amendments (2016 | PDF)
    • For up-to-date status of House bill, please see HERE

 

  Closing the Gaps  (coming soon)