OR&R Vision: The Nation’s oceans and coasts are healthy for future generations, protected and restored from pollution and other environmental threats.
OR&R Mission: To protect and restore ocean and coastal resources from the impacts of oil, chemicals, marine debris, and other hazards. We provide expert leadership, training, and time-critical services that benefit the environment, public, and economy.
Core Values: Integrity, Service, and Respect
Operating Principles: Safety, Collaboration, National Leadership, Stewardship, Always Ready
Message from the Director
The Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) is a unique office within the federal government that is devoted to protecting and restoring ocean and coastal resources from the impacts of oil, chemicals, and marine debris. Our team of experts provides leadership and services to benefit the environment, public, and economy. To successfully fulfill our strong mandates under the Oil Pollution Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Restoration, Compensation, and Liability Act, the Marine Debris Act, and the Clean Water Act, OR&R must have a clearly defined path for reaching our desired outcomes. As such, the OR&R FY17-21 Strategic Plan sets the course for the next five years.
As OR&R celebrates its 40th anniversary, this Strategic Plan represents a careful reflection on our past successes and challenges, and a refinement of our future vision. During its development, we engaged NOAA partners, senior management, and of course, OR&R staff to ensure that the components of the plan reflect corporate expectations, management direction, staff buy-in, and on-the-ground realities. Through these numerous input channels, common themes we heard included: the value of partnerships within and outside of NOAA; the importance of staff collaboration across divisions to maximize efficiencies and share knowledge; and the need for a clear vision, backed by a strong plan that guides the organization within the context of powerful external forces.
The goals laid out in this plan are a clear representation of the work OR&R does every day and will continue to do: Prepare and Prevent, Respond, Restore, and Workforce/Organizational Building. The innovation in how we meet these goals lies squarely with the dedicated staff who work hard each day to shape and improve OR&R and maximize our benefit to the public, the environment, and the economy.
Each division will identify annual activities that support one or more of the objectives laid out under each goal. The collective input from the divisions’ work will be the driving force behind the ultimate success of this strategic plan. I want to express my appreciation to everyone who contributed to this plan and especially thank the Strategic Planning Team, which has done an outstanding job in setting our course for the future.
Director, Office of Response and Restoration
OR&R Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives
GOAL 1: PREPARE AND PREVENT
Goal statement: OR&R and partners are optimally equipped and trained to prevent, assess, and respond to environmental threats.
- Objective 1: External outreach and training
Increase public knowledge and stakeholder capacity to prepare for, prevent, and respond to environmental threats through external outreach and training.
- Objective 2: Data management, access, and sharing
Increase the accessibility, integration, and use of data to enhance prevention, assessment, and response efforts.
- Objective 3: Science and methods
Improve environmental stewardship decisions by advancing relevant science, tools, and approaches.
- Objective 4: Planning, exercises, and other collaborative forums
Enhance OR&R, NOAA, and partner capabilities and readiness through interactive planning, relationship building, and partner exercises.
GOAL 2: RESPOND
Goal statement: Impacts from acute events to the environment, economy, and public are reduced through rapid response and assessment.
- Objective 5: Peak readiness
Ensure peak readiness by developing rigorous OR&R-wide processes to effectively and rapidly deliver scientific leadership and expertise.
- Objective 6: Communication and partner engagement
Improve incident coordination and decision-making through comprehensive notification and engagement with internal and external partners.
- Objective 7: Timely response
Improve ability to promptly deploy complete teams able to meet operational deadlines on response efforts, by addressing key gaps.
- Objective 8: Increased response capacity
Safely and effectively staff one or more sustained incidents by identifying and expanding our team of response-ready experts and mission support personnel.
GOAL 3: RESTORE
Goal statement: The public’s natural resources recover faster through improved restoration and protection efforts.
- Objective 9: Evaluation of impacts to natural resources
Improve efforts to assess harm to natural resources and the value of the ecosystems they support.
- Objective 10: Restoration
Implement high value, regionally appropriate restoration processes and projects that are more inclusive of and transparent to stakeholders.
- Objective 11: Monitoring and learning
Systematically capture and utilize monitoring information to improve future response and removal actions, as well as assessment, restoration planning, and implementation.
GOAL 4: WORKFORCE AND ORGANIZATION BUILDING
Goal Statement: Organization, workforce, and work environment are effectively shaped to achieve the OR&R vision, mission, and diversity objectives.
- Objective 12: Succession planning and workforce shaping for critical positions
Develop and implement a comprehensive succession strategy that addresses recruitment, development, retention, knowledge transfer, and replacement for critical workforce positions.
- Objective 13: Professional development and internal training
Increase staff expertise and capacity through professional development and training activities.
- Objective 14: Diversity
Build a diverse, high-performing workforce that includes and empowers all staff, and better reflects the composition of the U.S. civilian labor force.
- Objective 15: Safety
Promote a culture of safety, health, and wellness that creates a safe and productive work environment with zero reportable incidents annually.
- Objective 16: Cross-divisional collaboration
Increase cross-divisional communications and efforts to integrate staff expertise, better leverage resources, enhance staff development, and promote partnerships.
Download a printable pdf of the OR&R Strategic Plan | Fiscal Years 2017-2021 here.