Interagency Working Group on Facilities and Infrastructure (IWG-FI)
Composed of federal oceanographic facilities managers, the Interagency Working Group on Facilities and Infrastructure (IWG-FI) advises the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST) on policies, procedures, and plans relating to oceanographic facility use, upgrades, and investments. This group also provides guidance on requirements and other matters relative to national oceanographic assets to the SOST. Additional information on the group and its responsibilities can be found in the IWG-FI Charter.
In 2010, the IWG-FI formed the Task Force on Unmanned Systems (TFUS). This task force was initiated to advise the IWG-FI on policies, procedures, and plans relating to unmanned systems uses, upgrades, and investments. The scope of this task force included: Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), Gliders, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) and Lagrangian Platforms. In 2012, TFUS was approved by the IWG-FI co-chairs to become a standing committee called the Subcommittee on Unmanned Systems (SUS). The goals of the group, to advise the IWG-FI on policies and plans related to unmanned systems, remains the same.