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United States Department of Commerce: Office of Space Commerce

Mar 03, 2020



Project Overview

Project Description

The National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy), pursuant to directives set forth in the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2020, has contracted with the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration to conduct an assessment of the Office of Space Commerce. The Academy is charged with five main tasks:

  1. To conduct an assessment of which department or agency, and entity within that department or agency, is best suited for responsibility for space traffic management.
  2. To define any statutory, regulatory, or licensing authorities necessary to facilitate such a transfer.
  3. To describe the funding implications of a transfer, including infrastructure and personnel costs.
  4. To consult with appropriate officials from across the federal government, as well as industry figures, and other key stakeholders.
  5. To account for data integrity, information technology, and national security considerations incumbent upon a transfer.

Background

The Office of Space Commerce (OSC) is the principal unit for space commerce policy activities within the Department of Commerce. Its mission is to foster the conditions for the economic growth and technological advancement of the U.S. commercial space industry.

Section 4 of Space Policy Directive 2 (SPD2), issued by the Trump Administration in May 2018, calls for functions pertaining to the regulation of commercial space activities to be consolidated within the Office of the Secretary of Commerce. SPD2 further directs the Secretary of Commerce to submit a legislative proposal to the Office of Management and Budget for the creation of an entity tasked with the regulation of commerical spaceflight activities. 

Questions

If you have any questions or comments regarding the study, please contact Brenna Isman, Director of Academy Studies, at BIsman@napawash.org.

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