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Commercial Engagement Through Ocean Technology Act of 2018 or the CENOTE Act of 2018
This bill directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)to establish a joint program office within the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations to coordinate the acquisition and assessment of unmanned maritime systems.
NOAA must coordinate with the Department of the Navy to leverage expertise in the development and operational transition of unmanned maritime systems. It may also coordinate with other federal agencies, the academic sector, and the private sector to maximize research opportunities and to support commercialization of unmanned maritime systems.
NOAA must make publicly available all data it collects using unmanned maritime systems.
In the House of Representatives, U. S.,
December 10, 2018.
Resolved, That the bill from the Senate (S. 2511) entitled “An Act to require the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to carry out a program on coordinating the assessment and acquisition by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of unmanned maritime systems, to make available to the public data collected by the Administration using such systems, and for other purposes.”, do pass with the following
(a) Short title.—This Act may be cited as the “Commercial Engagement Through Ocean Technology Act of 2018” or the “CENOTE Act of 2018”.
(b) Table of contents.—The table of contents for this Act is as follows:
In this Act:
(1) ADMINISTRATION.—The term “Administration” means the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
(2) ADMINISTRATOR.—The term “Administrator” means the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
(3) COOPERATIVE ACTIVITIES OF THE ADMINISTRATION.—The terms “cooperative activities of the Administration” means cooperative activities between the Administration and an external entity, such as the Cooperative Institutes, Sea Grant Colleges, National Estuarine Research Reserves, the National Oceanographic Partnership Program established under chapter 665 of title 10, United States Code, and regional associations of the Integrated Ocean Observing System.
(4) DATA SPECIFICATIONS.—The term “data specifications” shall refer to the type, resolution, periodicity, and quality of data required by an program of the Administration.
(i) evaluating the performance of such systems; or
(ii) training personnel on operating procedures for such systems.
(B) INCLUSIONS.—The term “test or training range” may include specialized fixed or portable instrumentation for the operation of unmanned maritime systems and other types of systems.
(i) designed to function without an on-board human presence; and
(ii) that may include associated components such as control and communications, instrumentation, data transmission, and processing systems.
(i) Unmanned undersea vehicles.
(ii) Unmanned surface vehicles.
(iii) Autonomous underwater vehicles.
(iv) Autonomous surface vehicles.
(C) TREATMENT OF AERIAL VEHICLES.—The term “unmanned maritime systems” includes unmanned aerial vehicles and autonomous aerial vehicles that are used to address maritime issues to the extent the Administrator determines it is necessary and appropriate to achieve the purposes of this Act.
(a) Establishment.—The Administrator shall direct the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (in this Act referred to as “OAR”) and the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (in this Act referred to as “OMAO”)—
(1) to coordinate the Administration’s research, assessment, and acquisition of unmanned maritime systems; and
(2) to consider the use of unmanned maritime systems in cooperative activities of the Administration.
(A) utilize the Unmanned Systems Executive Oversight Board (in this Act referred to as the “USEOB”) as the coordinating mechanism; and
(B) ensure that OAR and OMAO address requirements throughout the Administration.
(A) The Office of Ocean Exploration (OER).
(B) The program office of the Integrated Ocean Observing System.
(C) Such other offices of the Administration as the Administrator determines are actively engaged with unmanned maritime systems.
(A) make efforts to coordinate with the Secretary of the Navy to leverage expertise in the development and operational transition of unmanned maritime systems;
(B) align with, utilize, and inform the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Operations and the Oceanographer of the Navy’s strategic and operational priorities, particularly for missions and geography within the Administration’s purview;
(C) seek to utilize Naval unmanned systems test or training ranges, such as the Gulf of Mexico Unmanned Systems Test and Training Range of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, and maximize interagency cooperation and sharing of best practices; and
(i) incorporating consideration of priorities and requirements of the Administration into research and development activities conducted by the Secretary of the Navy;
(ii) consultation intended to encourage and facilitate efforts by the Administration to partner with the Navy to procure unmanned maritime systems and to establish, instrument, and operate test or training ranges and related facilities;
(iii) adopting procedures defined by the Secretary of the Navy for the Administration to access and utilize test or training ranges or related Naval facilities for purposes identified in paragraph (2)(B); and
(iv) such other topics as the Administrator considers necessary or advisable, including mapping, bathymetry, observations, and ocean exploration.
(A) Gaining efficiencies through collaboration.
(i) systems research and development;
(ii) systems testing;
(iii) systems modifications; and
(iv) systems integration.
(C) Accelerating transition from concept to manufacturing and acquisition.
(d) Coordination with other Federal agencies.—In carrying out this Act, the Administrator and the Secretary of the Navy may utilize the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, established under chapter 665 of title 10, United States Code, as a mechanism for providing interagency coordination for the advancement of unmanned maritime systems.
(e) Coordination with academic sector.—In carrying out this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of the Navy, may coordinate and co-locate with an academic research institution, or consortium of academic research institutions, for the following purposes:
(1) Maximizing opportunities for research and development of unmanned maritime systems.
(2) Providing training in unmanned maritime systems as part of an accredited certificate or degree program of education.
(3) Facilitating the commercialization of unmanned maritime systems through public-private partnerships that includes academic research institutions, private industry, and public safety agencies.
(4) Arranging access to and use of additional facilities that support testing and assessment of or training with respect to unmanned maritime systems under environmental conditions of interest, increasing operational tolerance under such conditions, certifying operational capacity under such conditions, whether real or simulated, and training operators of unmanned maritime systems in real or simulated environments.
(5) Facilitating engagement with other academic institutions with interest or relevant expertise in unmanned maritime systems.
(6) Promoting information sharing between the academic, environmental, and military institutions to lead to more robust, mission-oriented unmanned maritime systems.
(f) Engagement with the private sector.—Other than as described in subsection (e), the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of the Navy, may, in carrying out this Act, to the extent practicable, coordinate and consult with the private sector—
(1) to support the commercialization of unmanned maritime systems; and
(2) to assist with their assessment of commercially available unmanned maritime systems to support the missions and goals of the Navy, the Administration, and cooperative activities of the Administration.
(a) In general.—The Administrator, acting through the Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and the Director of the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps, shall regularly assess publicly and commercially available unmanned maritime systems for potential use to support missions of the Administration.
(b) Science-based assessments.—The Administrator shall carry out subsection (a) through the Assistant Administrator for all matters relating to assessment of the suitability, feasibility, and cost-effectiveness of unmanned maritime systems to meet data specifications required by programs of the Administration.
(c) Assessment of operational utility.—The Administrator shall carry out subsection (a) through the Director for all matters relating to assessment of whether unmanned maritime systems are operationally reliable, feasible, and cost effective enough to make observations required by programs of the Administration.
(1) convene and consult the Unmanned Maritime Systems Ocean Technology Coordinating Committee established under section 3(b); and
(2) consult with the heads of other offices of the Administration, the academic sector, and developers and manufacturers of unmanned maritime systems to conduct the assessments under subsection (a).
(a) In general.—The Administrator shall coordinate and centralize the acquisition by the Administration of unmanned maritime systems to meet the prioritized list of data requirements identified by OAR and OMAO in carrying out this Act in their regular assessments and approved by the USEOB.
(1) participate in procurements conducted by the signatories to the memorandum of understanding;
(2) accept decommissioned unmanned maritime systems from the Navy;
(3) develop policies and procedures to share unmanned maritime systems; or
(4) provide for other means of creating efficiency and savings in Federal acquisition of unmanned maritime systems.
(c) Rule of construction.—Nothing in this Act shall be construed to modify Federal procurement law.
(a) In general.—In carrying out this Act, the Administrator shall, not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, and every 4 years thereafter, submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report on the usage of unmanned maritime systems for the mission of the Administration.
(1) An inventory of current unmanned maritime systems used by programs of the Administration, a summary of the data they have returned, and the benefits realized from having such data.
(2) A prioritized list of data requirements of the Administration that could be met with unmanned maritime systems, and the commercially available unmanned maritime systems with the operational capabilities to collect such data.
(1) the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Armed Services, and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate; and
(2) the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Natural Resources, and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives.
(a) Funding.—The Administrator shall carry out this Act using existing amounts appropriated or otherwise made available to the Administration.
(1) enter into contracts, cooperative agreements, and other transactions with any domestic or foreign government;
(2) notwithstanding section 1342 of title 31, United States Code, accept donations and voluntary and uncompensated services;
(3) accept funds from other Federal departments and agencies;
(4) utilize the National Oceanographic Partnership Program established under chapter 665 of title 10, United States Code, to accept funds from other Federal departments and agencies, to accept donations, and to enter into contracts and award grants;
(5) under an agreement entered into under paragraph (1), transfer funds appropriated to carry our this Act to any organization; and
(A) any department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States;
(B) any State or local government or tribal government; or
(C) any foreign government or international organization.Attest: