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Legislative & Policy Initiatives Working Group. Susan Shingledecker – Chair Joyce Miller Jeff Carothers Matt Wellslager Scott Perkins. Areas of Focus. HSRP cost reduction plan Hydrographic Services Improvement Act –HSIA Reauthorization User Fees Ten Most Wanted improvements.

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Legislative policy initiatives working group

Legislative & Policy InitiativesWorking Group

Susan Shingledecker – Chair

Joyce Miller

Jeff Carothers

Matt Wellslager

Scott Perkins


Areas of focus

Areas of Focus

  • HSRP cost reduction plan

  • Hydrographic Services Improvement Act –HSIA

    • Reauthorization

  • User Fees

  • Ten Most Wanted improvements


Hsrp cost reduction plan

HSRP cost reduction plan

Background – NAV services budgets are shrinking, how can HSRP cut cost to aid in preserving program dollars?

  • Geographic location of meetings

  • Meeting logistics

  • Panel member compensation (stipend/salaries)


Hsia reauthorization

HSIA reauthorization

  • Unlikely to go forward in the 112th Congress

  • NOAA staff engaged in discussion with Congressional staffers

  • Prepare for 113th Congressional session

  • Release update Most Wanted report in 2013

    • Develop stronger ties in report to support HSIA


Hsia reauthorization1

HSIA reauthorization

key topical area

  • Recommended levels of appropriation

  • Evaluation of use of user fees

  • Language specifically highlighting hydrographic needs in the Arctic region*

  • Evaluation of possible funding mechanisms for the PORTS system*

    *assigned to other working groups


Levels of appropriations

Levels of Appropriations


User fees

User Fees

  • Possible source for revenue

  • Successfully used by other NOAA offices (e.g. seafood inspection, NESDIS)

  • Current legislation (Section 1307 Title 44) prohibits user fees for “acquisition or processing of nautical data”

  • Current HSIA prohibits new fees

  • Possible candidates – PORTS, navigation response, other?


The ten most wanted report

The Ten Most Wanted Report

  • Develop a one-page executive summary on HSIA for inclusion in the report

  • Make the connection with the need for HSIA reauthorization.

  • Focus on the potential for job creation and economic benefit


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