US SB140 | 2021-2022 | 117th Congress


Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill
Status: Introduced on January 28 2021 - 25% progression
Action: 2021-01-28 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Pending: Senate Commerce, Science, And Transportation Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]


Addresses data collection and monitoring of the Great Lakes, oceans, bays, estuaries, and coasts. The bill increases domestic and international coordination to enhance data management and monitoring of the Great Lakes, oceans, bays, estuaries, and coasts. It adds programs for the application and development of innovative technology to the list of technology programs used to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. It also modifies requirements related to the scientific workforce in areas of oceanic and atmospheric research and development to include investigating whether there is a workforce shortage, workforce diversity, actions the federal government can take to increase diversity in the scientific workforce, and actions it can take to shorten the hiring backlog for such workforce. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) must (1) ensure that a goal of its cooperative institutes is to advance or apply emerging technologies, (2) create an ocean innovation prize to catalyze the rapid development and deployment of data collection and monitoring technology, and (3) seek to enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences to assess the potential for an Advanced Research Projects Agency-Oceans. The bill also reauthorizes through FY2024 various NOAA hydrographic programs, including nautical mapping and charting. Additionally, relevant federal agencies must measure the value and impact of industries related to the Great Lakes, oceans, bays, estuaries, and coasts on the U.S. economy.

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BLUE GLOBE Act Bolstering Long-term Understanding and Exploration of the Great Lakes, Oceans, Bays, and Estuaries Act



2021-01-28SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.


Advanced technology and technological innovations
Air quality
Aquatic ecology
Atmospheric science and weather
Climate change and greenhouse gases
Computers and information technology
Congressional oversight
Economic development
Economic performance and conditions
Employee hiring
Environmental assessment, monitoring, research
Environmental technology
Geography and mapping
Government employee pay, benefits, personnel management
Government information and archives
Government studies and investigations
Great Lakes
International organizations and cooperation
Lakes and rivers
Marine and coastal resources, fisheries
Marine and inland water transportation
Marine pollution
Navigation, waterways, harbors
Outdoor recreation
Performance measurement
Public lands and natural resources
Research administration and funding
Solid waste and recycling
Spacecraft and satellites
Technology transfer and commercialization
Travel and tourism
Water quality

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