The Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC) is chartered by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST), initially legislated by the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observing System Act of 2009, and reauthorized in the Coordinated Ocean Observations and Research Act of 2020. The purpose of the IOOC is to advise, assist, and make recommendations to the SOST on matters related to ocean observations, and specifically, with respect to the Act, to:
Additionally, Congress and the SOST enacted the IOOC to implement specific management, procedural, and fiscal activities to ensure development of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®). IOOS is a coordinated national and international network of ocean observations with associated data transmission, modeling, and analysis providing key information scientists and decision-makers. Specific to the IOOS, the goals of the IOOC are:
Led by four federal Co-Chairs and supported by agency representatives and staff, the Committee carries out various provisions of the Act for implementing procedural, technical, and scientific requirements to ensure full execution of the System. IOOC members and staff connect programmatic initiatives to executive requirements, legislative directives, and community recommendations. IOOC Co-Chairs and members play a pivotal role executing the ocean observing initiatives and can leverage them bringing greater attention to their particular agency-based goals.
The IOOC is composed of 12 federal agencies representatives across 19 bureaus.