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Marine Debris: Interagency Committee Members Are Taking Action, but Additional Steps Could Enhance the Federal Response

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Interagency Marine Debris Coordinating Committee The chair of the interagency committee, in coordination with member agencies, should develop and implement a process to analyze the effectiveness of the interagency committee's recommendations and strategies, and include the results in its biennial reports. (Recommendation 3)

In the interagency committee's 2018-2019 biennial report, posted to NOAA's website in August 2021, NOAA included cursory statements about the effectiveness of the interagency committee's recommendations and strategies but did not include any analysis of their effectiveness. The report, however, suggests it may be time for the interagency committee to revisit the recommendations and during such an update of the recommendations work with member agencies to identify specific common or easily translatable metrics to better monitor, evaluate, and report the results of collective efforts to address

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