United States Arctic Research Commission

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The United States Arctic Research Commission (USARC) was established by the Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984 (as amended, Public Law 101-609), its website states. [1]

"The Commission staff consists of an Executive Director in Arlington, VA, a Senior Staff Officer in Anchorage, AK, and an Administrative Officer in the Arlington office. The principal office of the Commission is in Arlington and the Alaska office of the Commission is located in Anchorage. Advisors are appointed by the Commission on an "as needed" basis to provide information and advice on particular research needs and issues of concern to the Commission, review draft documents of the Commission and convey information of importance on the various scientific and engineering disciplines they represent," its website states. [2]


"The Commission’s principal duties are (1) to establish the national policy, priorities, and goals necessary to construct a federal program plan for basic and applied scientific research with respect to the Arctic, including natural resources and materials, physical, biological and health sciences, and social and behavioral sciences; (2) to promote Arctic research, to recommend Arctic research policy, and to communicate our research and policy recommendations to the President and the Congress; (3) to work with the National Science Foundation as the lead agency responsible for implementing the Arctic research policy and to support cooperation and collaboration throughout the Federal Government; (4) to give guidance to the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) to develop national Arctic research projects and a five-year plan to implement those projects; and (5) to interact with Arctic residents, international Arctic research programs and organizations and local institutions including regional governments in order to obtain the broadest possible view of Arctic research needs." [3]

Commissioners & Staff

See USARC Commissioners and Staff.

Contact Information

Virginia Office:
4350 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 510
Arlington, Virginia 22203
Phone: 703 525-0111
Fax: 703 525-0114
Email: info AT arctic.gov

Alaska Office:
420 L Street, Suite 315
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Phone: 907 271-4575
Fax: 907 271-4578
Email: info AT arctic.gov
Website: http://www.arctic.gov/index.htm

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