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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameMerchant Marine Personnel Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Homeland Security
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number688
Original Establishment Date10/31/1991Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://homeport.uscg.mil/missions/ports-and-wa...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*19
Current Charter Date4/11/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Chief, Merchant Marine Credentialing
Date Of Renewal Charter4/11/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMrs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Mayte
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Medina
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*46 USC 8108Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 372-1406
Effective Date Of Authority*12/18/2014Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 372-8382
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*mayte.medina2@uscg.mil
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*MERPAC makes recommendations that influence the development of Coast Guard regulations and policies affecting personnel in the US Merchant Marine, including but not limited to: training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness standards. The Committee provides valuable advice to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Commandant, USCG to assist the U.S. in formulating and presenting its positions to the International Maritime Organization on maritime matters. Specifically, MERPAC continues its work in support of the Coast Guard’s efforts to bring the United States into full compliance with the 2010 amendments to the International Convention for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW). In doing so, the Committee has continued to provide recommendations regarding methodologies for determining mariner competency which are valuable in helping formulate upcoming regulatory projects and guidance documents to support regulations. MERPAC also developed examples of model performance standards for in excess of fifteen areas of knowledge and proficiency in Table A of STCW giving priorities to those tasks best assessed aboard ship. The Committee continues its work on the utilization of military sea service in obtaining STCW certificates and mariner license and document reorganization.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee membership is mandated by statute and consists of not more than nineteen (19) members who are appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. To assure a balanced representation, members are appointed, insofar as practicable, from the following groups and in the following numbers:a. Nine United States citizens with active licenses or certificates issued under chapter 71 or merchant mariner documents issued under chapter 73, including: (1) Three deck officers who represent the viewpoint of merchant marine deck officers, of whom: Two shall be licensed for oceans any gross tons; one shall be licensed for inland or river routes with a limited or unlimited tonnage; two shall have a master’s license or a master of towing vessels license; one shall have significant tanker experience; and, to the extent practicable, one shall represent the viewpoint of labor and another shall represent a management perspective; (2) Three engineering officers who represent the viewpoint of merchant marine engineering officers, of whom: Two shall be licensed as chief engineer any horsepower; one shall be licensed as either a limited chief engineer or a designated duty engineer; and, to the extent practicable, one shall represent a labor viewpoint and another shall represent a management perspective; (3) Two unlicensed seamen, of whom: One shall represent the viewpoint of able bodied seamen; and another shall represent the viewpoint of qualified members of the engine department; and, (4) One pilot who represents the viewpoint of Merchant Marine pilots;b. Six marine educators, including: (1) Two who represent the viewpoint of State maritime academies and are jointly recommended by such State maritime academies; (2) One who represents either the viewpoint of the State maritime academies or the United States Merchant Marine Academy; and (3) Three marine educators who represent the viewpoint of other maritime training institutions, one of whom shall represent the viewpoint of the small vessel industry;c. Two individuals who represent the viewpoint of shipping companies employed in ship operation management; and,d. Two members who are drawn from the general public.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*MERPAC usually meets twice annually, and work groups frequently meet between the semi-annual meetings. MERPAC is composed of experts in their particular segment of the merchant marine industry, and the Committee makes recommendations that influence the development of Coast Guard regulations and policies affecting personnel in the US Merchant Marine, including but not limited to: training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness standards. The Committee provides valuable advice to the Commandant,USCG to assist the U.S. in formulating and presenting its positions to the International Maritime Organization on maritime matters. MERPAC has significantly facilitated the US Coast Guard's implementation of the 2010 Amendments to the International Convention on the Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) with harmonization of ongoing U.S. regulations. This harmonization has required an extensive revision of U.S. licensing and documentation regulations. The US Coast Guard's effectiveness in these activities is greatly improved with direct access to the expertise and advice that is currently represented on this advisory Committee.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This diverse Committee provides focused and well thought-out recommendations to relevant issues. It is very responsive to the US Coast Guard’s need for recommendations on short turn-around issues. The unique industry perspective provided by this Committee facilitates the US Coast Guard's efforts. This information would otherwise have to be drawn from the broad population involved in merchant vessel personnel matters. There is no other current entity which can provide the level of technical expertise and experience that is afforded by this advisory panel.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A.
Recommendation RemarksUntil December 18, 2014, Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) performed as a discretionary committee. As part of the Howard Coble Coast Guard
and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014, PL-113S2444, Section 310, this committee became statutory with minor change from its discretionary authorization. The existing and current charter was amended and filed with Congress on 17 January 2017. Its expiration date is 17 January 2019.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*931Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe number of recommendations made by MERPAC is based upon the number of individual recommendations made within each assigned task.

In FY 2018 MERPAC made 86 recommendations.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*81.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*19.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentWhile much of MERPAC's output is used to improve regulatory and policy promulgation, some recommendations are not enforceable or outside the scope of the regulatory or policy development. What can be used is used, but what is not is retained in the event that a future regulatory or policy project may be able to use it.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentWe report back to the Committee on the resolution of their recommendations. All recommendations are included in the meeting minutes.Narrative Description*The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) makes recommendations to the Commandant of the US Coast Guard which influence the development of Coast Guard regulations and policy guidance affecting personnel in the US Merchant Marine, including but not limited to: training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness standards. The Committee provides valuable advice to the Commandant of the US Coast Guard to assist the U.S. in formulating and presenting its positions to the International Maritime Organization on maritime matters. Specifically, MERPAC continues its work in support of the US Coast Guard’s efforts to bring the United States into full compliance with the 1995 amendments to the International Convention for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW). In doing so, the Committee has provided recommendations regarding methodologies for determining mariner competency which are valuable in helping formulate upcoming regulatory projects and guidance documents.
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COSTS

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Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
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SUBCOMMITTEES

Committee

Subcommittees

ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-031208Communications Between External Stakeholders and the Mariner Credentialing Program (MERPAC)2019
 COM-031499International Maritime Organization Model Course Review2019
 COM-031660Military Education, Training and Assessment for STCW and National Mariner Endorsements2019
 COM-031419Review of MERPAC Recommendations2019
 COM-031581Review of MSC Circular MSC/Circ.1014 Guidelines on Fatigue Mitigation2019
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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001282Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2017
 COM-003022Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003427Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2015
 COM-005131Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005493Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007269Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007624Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009438Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009711Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011344Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011561Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013192Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013431Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2005
 COM-015124Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015352Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016683Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017692Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018603Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019683Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020475Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021295Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee1997
 COM-032826Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee2018