GAO Report on Need for a National Ocean Plan
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 57, Issue 2, pages 78–79, February 1976
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1976), GAO Report on Need for a National Ocean Plan, Eos Trans. AGU, 57(2), 78–79, doi:10.1029/EO057i002p00078-03.(
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An analysis of a General Accounting Office (GAO) investigation of federal ocean policy was issued October 14, 1975, confirming the need for a national ocean plan for the federal government because of the dependence of the nation's welfare, economic self-sufficiency, and national security on the oceans and stressing the need for reorganization among the various federal departments and agencies because of the present inefficient use of financial resources and ineffective administration of the marine sciences, coastal zone, and oceanic activities.
A national ocean program and plan should (1) identify the nation's marine-related needs and establish specific national objectives, (2) establish priorities to accomplish the objectives, (3) evaluate program results, including relevance to national needs, (4) periodically update needs, objectives, and priorities, and (5) provide for adequate funds to carry out the program and plan effectively. A first major step in this direction was taken by the Senate Commerce Committee through the National Ocean Policy Study, composed of members of seven standing committees of the Senate, plus at large members, who are concerned about the nation's future commitment to the oceans and Great Lakes.