The U.S. IOOS Program Office proposes a rule to implement provisions of the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009 (ICOOS Act). Among other things, the ICOOS Act directs the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee to develop and approve certification criteria and procedures for integrating RICEs into the National Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System (System). This proposed rule would accomplish that integration.
This rule implements the provisions of the ICOOS Act establishing that certified regional information coordination entities (RICEs) are integrated into the System and, for the purposes of determining liability arising from the dissemination and use of observation data, considered part of NOAA. Additionally, designated employees of a RICE, while operating within the scope of his or her employment in carrying out the purposes of the ICOOS Act, with respect to tort liability, is deemed to be an employee of the Federal Government.
Proposed RICE Certification Application Form (pdf)