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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

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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