Obama Administration Issues Executive Order on Arctic Coordination

January 22, 2015
By Jessica Rohde

The Obama Administration released an Executive Order to enhance coordination of Federal Arctic policies across Departments and agencies on January 21, 2015.  The Executive Order establishes an Arctic Executive Steering Committee, chaired by the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and includes Deputy Secretary or equivalent officers from Departments and agencies with duties and responsibilities in the Arctic.  The Executive Steering Committee will serve as the coordinating mechanism on Federal Arctic activities to facilitate cohesive guidance to Departments and agencies.  The Executive Order also seeks to enhance collaboration with State, local, and Alaska Native tribal governments and similar Alaska Native organizations, academic and research institutions, and the private and nonprofit sectors.

"Official portrait of Barack Obama" by Pete Souza. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Learn more on the OSTP blog: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/01/21/promoting-science-based-stewardship-security-and-opportunity-arctic-region

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