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      NCCOS scientists prepare for sediment collection. The need for sampling missions like this was
      brought into sharp focus when NOAA and other Federal agencies scrambled to characterize
      contamination levels of water and land before Deepwater Horizon oil reached Gulf of Mexico
      shorelines.
NCCOS scientists prepare for sediment collection. The need for sampling missions like this was brought into sharp focus when NOAA and other Federal agencies scrambled to characterize contamination levels of water and land before Deepwater Horizon oil reached Gulf of Mexico shorelines.

Peer review is a long–established mechanism for ensuring quality scientific research. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other federal agencies that support extramural scientific work routinely use standardized peer review processes to evaluate external research proposals and ensure high quality standards.

It is appropriate that the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), as a significant NOAA/National Ocean Service science arm supporting both extra– and intramural research, establish similar quality control procedures for the research, monitoring, assessment and related activities it conducts internally. In addition, according to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB, 2004), "A wide variety of authorities have argued that peer review practices at federal agencies need to be strengthened."

The purpose of this plan is to ensure that NCCOS scientists are conducting high quality investigations of significant value to NOAA and the nation, and to demonstrate that quality to interested parties through independent, objective review.

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