The Operations and Regulatory Services Division provides resources, support, oversight, and technical tools for the Office of Sustainable Fisheries to operate efficiently and effectively, while ensuring compliance with agency policy and regulations. The division provides operational and administrative services related to personnel actions, procurement, travel, property management, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and safety and environmental compliance. Staff also plan, allocate, and monitor national fishery management and Office of Sustainable Fisheries fiscal resources.
In addition, the division plans, develops, recommends, coordinates, and oversees procedures for clearing NOAA Fisheries fishery management regulations through NOAA Fisheries Headquarters, NOAA, the Department of Commerce, and the Office of Management and Budget. The division provides procedures and guidance that support publication of documents in the Federal Register and reviews and edits all NOAA Fisheries regulatory documents submitted to the Office of the Federal Register. Finally, the division develops guidelines for the operation and administration of the regional fishery management councils, including coordinating the Secretary of Commerce’s council appointments, training new council members, and publishing council meeting notices.