Biodiversity Ad-Hoc Group was formed as a sub-group of the IWG-OP (now the NOPP Committee) in 2008. The topic of biodiversity has many applications for U.S. agencies but is too large for any one U.S. agency to take on itself. Current topics of interest include biodiversity technology and science, biodiversity metrics, indices and proxies, applications and data sharing, and international conventions and frameworks.

Federal Renewable Ocean Energy Working Group (FROEWG) was formed in 2010 to address renewable ocean energy issues within the Federal community. FROEWG addresses ways to advance science and policy in support of environmentally responsible development of ocean renewable energy resources. Examples of topics of interest include developing polices and guidance for coordinated, responsible and efficient review of permits, licenses and leases; in addition, data sharing coordination between agencies and outreach to stakeholders are top priorities.

Task Force on Ocean Exploration and Undersea Research Technology (TFORT) (disestablished) was established under the IWG-OP framework in 2012, as stipulated by the directives of Public Law 111-11.  The purpose of the TFORT is to advise, assist, and make recommendations to the NOPP on policies, procedures, plans, and activities related to ocean exploration and undersea research technology and infrastructure.

Additional information about the NOPP can be found in our Publications & Reports section.