Government Affairs

Government Affairs News
IOSTIA is leading the effort to address the shutdown of the Deep Ocean Test Facility at the old David Taylor Research Facility in Annapolis, MD. This unique test facility has concluded its final tests and in the absence of any action will shutter for good by the end of March, 2018. The IOSTIA team has visited the DOTF, called for meetings on the Hill and written a letter to congressional leaders. You can read the letter here:

IOSTIA Government Affairs

In Washington, the big oil and gas energy interests are very well represented on Capitol Hill and in the regulatory agencies by some of the largest industry associations in Washington. However until now, other ocean technology sectors have been given short-shrift by the major association.

IOSTIA is now the voice of these industries in Washington, DC!


The IOSTIA Government Relations programs does not work strictly benefit our U.S. members. Our program also focuses attention on international issues. We maintain strong ties to relevant embassies and work in concert with our domestic issues to address the regional and national concerns of our members throughout the world.

Regulatory officials, members of Congress and their staffs now turn to IOSTIA on matters and issues associated with such technology fields as:

Autonomous vehicles
Offshore wind energy
Marine renewables
Oceanography
Subsea mining
Aquaculture and Fisheries
Sensors
Arctic change
Maritime security
Environmental montoring
Marine archeology
Ocean obvservations
Hydrography
Ports and infrastructure
Diving and manned exploration

ISOTIA’s Government Relations and Policy Committee identifies the key public policy issues of the day affecting its mission and our member companies, and sets the government relations strategy for the organization. Unique to IOSTIA, we not only represent the mission of the association, but we also represent member companies before the government when a specific company issue is in concert with the mission of IOSTIA.

    • The IOSTIA Government Relations team will work to introduce or support legislation and regulations that benefit the economic growth and commercial development of its members in the energy and ocean industries.
    • We put IOSTIA member companies and C-level representatives face to face with U.S. government officials in all departments and agencies of the federal government and their corresponding congressional committees.
    • We educate and persuade decision makers and make them aware of how their decisions directly affect IOSTIA members.

We fully engage these key Capitol Hill committees and regulatory agencies associated with our industry:

U.S. House of Representative

U.S. House Committee on Appropriations

U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce

U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs

U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources

U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

U.S. House Committee on Small Business

U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means


U.S. Senate

U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations

U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

U.S. Senate Committee on Finance

U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship


Executive Branch

The White House

    • Office of Energy
    • Office of Infrastructure

U.S. Department of Energy

    • Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

U.S. Department of Commerce

    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

U.S. Department of State

    • Bureau of Energy Resources

U.S. Department of the Interior

    • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
    • Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

U.S. Department of Transportation

  1. Maritime Administration

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)