The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking public input to revise and refresh the federal government’s ocean research priorities plan.  Released in January 2007, “Charting the Course” was developed by federal agencies and outside stakeholders to identify and prioritize ocean science and technology endeavors over the next decade.  NSC Alliance submitted comments on the draft 2007 report to stress the important role that natural science collection facilities, including those affiliated with marine laboratories and field stations, will play in advancing ocean research.  The plan is now being revised to reflect recent scientific advancements and new ocean management challenges.  Comments are due by July 17, 2009.  For more information, visit http://www.aibs.org/federal-register-resource/2009_06_24.html#010728.  To read the comments submitted in 2006 by NSC Alliance, go to http://nscalliance.org/?m=200610.