Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

Date: 2017 Description: L to R: Humpback whale breaches in Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA Image, Tiger projected onto Harry S. Truman building during Wildlife Spotlight, State Dept. Image. The sun greets the International Space Station, NASA Image. During Tranquil Surge training exercise, medical staff attend to a patient in a Containerized Bio-Containment System unit, State Dept Image  © Multiple Sources

Protecting Where We Live through Science, Innovation, and Partnership 

The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, often referred to as “Oceans, Environment and Science” or simply “OES,” covers issues that reach from the vastness of space to the depths of the oceans.  Created by Congress in 1974, OES advances U.S. strategic interests through policy aimed at ensuring that economic growth and a healthy planet go hand in hand.  

Working on issues that impact millions of U.S. jobs and advance U.S. foreign policy and national security interests, OES builds international consensus around issues like fighting infectious diseases, and combatting wildlife trafficking and illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.  OES promotes water security, peaceful cooperation on polar issues, sustainable ocean policy, science and technology cooperation, nature conservation, and climate and space policy, among other vital topics.   

OES is positioned at the center of the global conversation and serves at the forefront of U.S. diplomatic efforts to confront some of world’s greatest challenges.  

Acting Assistant Secretary Judith G. Garber currently leads OES.