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Du Pont, H. A., regional oil and gas supervisor, eastern region, Department of the Interior, letters dated:

February 1, 1968.

February 2, 1968-
Edmiston, Beula, letter dated April 19, 1968.
Evans, M. Brock, letter dated April 11, 1968.
Galler, Sidney R., letters dated:

April 15, 1968, addressed to Dr. Edward Wenk, Jr.-
April 22, 1968, addressed to Mr. Robert McElroy, clerk, Merchant

Marine Committee.-
Heil, C. G., division geophysicist, Continental Oil Co., letter dated

January 23, 1968.-
Jue, Dean, letter.
Kennedy, Hon. Edward M., letter dated April 9, 1968.
Maiers, Wm. C., clerk, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of

the Secretary, resolution, dated April 8, 1968.
Marshall, Roger, letter dated April 21, 1968.
McNeece, Robert A., secretary, New England Fisheries and Con-

servation Committee, letter dated April 19, 1968, enclosing an

air-water pollution report--Miossi, Harold, letter dated April 4, 1968.Modesto, Octavio A., general manager, Seafood Producers' Associa

tion, letter dated April 4, 1968_-
Nash, Roderick, letter dated April 15, 1968.
Skinner, Austin P., secretary-treasurer, New Bedford Fishermen's

Union, letter dated April 2, 1968.
Sollen, Jeanne R., letter dated April 10, 1968.
Udall, Hon. Stewart L., Secretary of the Interior, letter dated Septem-

ber 20, 1966--
Vine, Allyn C., letter dated April 5, 1968.
Weddig, Lee J., executive director, National Fisheries Institute, Inc.,

letter dated April 24, 1968.-
Zakheim, Phyllis, letter dated April 9, 1968.-

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INTERNATIONAL DECADE OF OCEAN EXPLORATION

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Text of House Concurrent Resolution 803.
Report from National Council on Marine Resources and Engineering

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Statement of-

Pollack, Herman, Director, International Scientific and Technological

Affairs, Department of State..
Wenk, Dr. Edward, Jr., Executive Secretary, National Council on

Marine Resources and Engineering Development.--
Additional material submitted by-
State Department-

Countries showing interest in International Decade of Ocean

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Nations Briefed on International Decade of Ocean Exploration..
Wenk, Dr. Edward, Jr., an elaboration of President Johnson's pro-

posal of March 8, 1968, for an International Decade of Ocean

Exploration.. Communications supplied by

Hughes, Philip S., Deputy Director, Bureau of the Budget, letter dated

August 6, 1968, re interpretation of section 2 of proposed House

Concurrent Resolution 803_-
Humphrey, Hon. Hubert H., letter dated March 5, 1968, addressed

to Dr. Julius A. Stratton.-
Stratton, J. A., chairman, Commission on Marine Science, Engineer-

ing, and Resources, letter dated February 19, 1968--
Waters, Adm. O. D., Jr., Oceanographer of the Navy, letter dated

August 7, 1968, with enclosures

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OCEANOGRAPHY LEGISLATION

National Council on Marine Resources and Engineering Devel

opment—Commission on Marine Science Engineering, and Resources: Extension of Authority

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1967

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON OCEANOGRAPHY OF THE
COMMITTEE ON MERCHANT MARINE AND FISHERIES,

Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met at 11:05 a.m., pursuant to call, in room 1334, Longworth House Office Building, Hon. Alton Lennon (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.

Mr. LENNON. The meeting will come to order.

The purpose of the meeting this morning is to consider a communication directed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives on behalf of the National Council on Marine Resources and Engineering Development, and also on behalf of the Commission on Marine Science, Engineering, and Resources, which communication is signed by Mr. Charles L. Schultze, the Director of the Budget, in which the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee was asked to consider draft legislation that would in effect, No. 1, extend the time in which the Commission's report should be submitted for an additional 6 months, or to January 9, 1969; No. 2, change the expiration date of the National Council on Marine Resources and Engineering Development from a date 120 days following the rendering of the Commission's report to June 30, 1969. Under the current law, the Commission would remain in existence for an additional 30 days following the rendering of its report.

This communication, addressed to the Speaker, was of course accompanied by a draft of this legislation. (Communication referred to follows:)

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[EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATION 1128]

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT,

BUREAU OF THE BUDGET,

Washington, D.C., September 29, 1967. Hon. JOHN W. McCORMACK, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

DEAR MR. SPEAKER: There is transmitted herewith on behalf of the Commission on Marine Science, Engineering, and Resources, and the National Council on Marine Resources and Engineering Development, for referral to the appropriate committee, a draft of legislation “To amend the Marine Resources and Engineering Development Act of 1966, as amended, to extend the period of time within which the Commission on Marine Science, Engineering and Resources is to submit its final report and to provide for a fixed expiration date for the National Council on Marine Resources and Engineering Development."

This proposed bill would :

1. extend the time in which the Commission's report could be submitted for an additional six months, to January 9, 1959;

2. change the expiration date of the National Council on Marine Resources and Engineering Development from a date 120 days following the rendering of the Commission's report to June 30, 1969. As under the current law the Commission would remain in existence for an additional 30 days following the rendering of its report.

The proposed extension of the time for rendering the Commission's report is needed to insure adequate and effective discharge of the Commission's responsibility to recommend an overall plan for an adequate oceanographic program that will meet present and future national needs.

The later expiration date for the National Council on Marine Resources and Engineering Development would continue for a brief period the existing mechanisms for assisting the President in carrying out his responsibilities under P.L. 894454 and P.L. 89–688. The amendments would further provide a fixed expiration date for the Council rather than relating the Council's expiration to the indefinite date of the Commission's report. Sincerely,

CHARLES L. SCHULTZE, Director. Enclosures-3.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND NEED

The draft bill amends the Marine Resources and Engineering Development Act of 1966, as amended, by :

1. Extending the time in which the Commission's report could be submitted for an additional six months, to January 9, 1969.

2. Changing the expiration date of the National Council on Marine Resources and Engineering Development from a date 120 days following the rendering of the Commission's report to June 30, 1969.

The Commission on Marine Science, Engineering, and Resources has been charged with recommending an adequate national marine science program that will meet present and future needs, and a governmental organizational plan together with estimated cost. The Act establishing the Commission was approved in June 1966; the Commission was appointed in January 1967. Initially, staff support was provided by the Secretariat of the National Council on Marine Resources and Engineering Development. Organization of a separate Commission staff was begun in late April 1967 ; a staff of approximately a dozen professionals is now available. With these preliminary steps completed, the Commission is now in a position to assess what work can feasibly be accomplished within alternative time periods. On the basis of this assessment, the Commission reommends that its enabling statute be amended to extend to six months the period of time within which it is required to submit its final report.

With this additional time, the Commission would be able to develop its findings and conclusions on a significantly broader base of factual information than could be obtained if the report were to be rendered on the date required by existing law. The Commission would also be able, on a twenty-four-month schedule, to

test more adequately the soundness of its premises with its Congressional Advisors, members of the National Council and other key individuals.

The task which has been assigned to this Commission is one of very large dimensions. The Commission does not anticipate that it will be able to advance solutions for all of the problems and questions which it might like to consider. It intends instead to be selective and to focus its attention on those areas in which it believes action is most urgent. However, with respect to those matters on which it does advance recommendations, the Commission believes that the President and the Congress deserve a fully-considered, documented and complete proposal, and that it is incumbent upon the Commission to frame its recommendations so that they will provide concrete guidelines for legislative and admini trative action.

The National Council on Marine Resources and Engineering Development advises and assists the President in carrying out his responsibilities under the Act. These include evaluation of Federal marine science activities, the development of a comprehensive program, the establishment of long-range studies, coordination of a program of international cooperation, guidance for Sea Grant program policies, and the submission of an annual report. The advice and assistance of the Council will be useful to the President during the time he is reviewing the Commission's report, evaluating its implications for agency programs, and preparing his recommendations to the Congress.

Extension of the Council to June 30, 1969 provides a fixed date for expiration of the Council rather than relating the Council's expiration to the indefinite date of the Commission's report. The additional extension in the life of the Council by substituting a fixed date would be less than two months, should the Commission report on January 9, 1969, but the definite expiration date would provide more certainty in planning staff work.

Mr. LENNON. Following the receipt of this official communication to the Speaker, legislation was introduced, known as H.R. 13273, by Mr. Garmatz, for himself, Mr. Lemon, Mr. Mailliard and Mr. Mosher, and day or two thereafter the distinguished gentleman from Florida, Mr. Paul Rogers, a member of the subcommittee, introduced an identical bill, H.R. 13424.

(H.R. 13273 and departmental report follows:)

90TH CONGRESS

1ST SESSION

H. R. 13273

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

OCTOBER 3, 1967 Mr. GARMATZ (for himself, Mr. LENNON, Mr. MAILLIARD, and Mr. MOSHER)

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries

A BILL To amend the Marine Resources and Engineering Development

Act of 1966, as amended, to extend the period of time within which the Commission on Marine Science, Engineering, and Resources is to submit its final report and to provide for a fixed expiration date for the National Council on Marine Resources and Engineering Development.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa

2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 3 That the Marine Resources and Engineering Development

4 Act of 1966 is amended as follows:

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SECTION 1. Subparagraph (h) of section 5 is amended 6 by striking out “eighteen” and inserting “twenty-four” in

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