Summary: S.2511 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Public Law No: 115-394 (12/21/2018)

Commercial Engagement Through Ocean Technology Act of 2018 or the CENOTE Act of 2018

(Sec. 3) This bill requires the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to direct the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) to coordinate the assessment and acquisition of unmanned maritime systems.

NOAA must coordinate with the Department of the Navy to leverage expertise in the development and operational transition of unmanned maritime systems. It may also coordinate with other federal agencies, the academic sector, and the private sector to maximize research opportunities and to support commercialization of unmanned maritime systems.

(Sec. 4) The OAR and OMAO must regularly assess publicly and commercially available unmanned maritime systems for potential use to support the missions of NOAA.

(Sec. 5) NOAA must coordinate and centralize its acquisition of unmanned maritime systems to meet the prioritized list of data requirements identified by the OAR and OMAO.

(Sec. 6) NOAA must submit to Congress a report on the usage of unmanned maritime systems for its mission.