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DHS - 9488 - Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameGreat Lakes Pilotage Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Homeland Security
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number9488
Original Establishment Date11/13/1998Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*8
Current Charter Date5/17/2021Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO/Chief Waterways Division
Date Of Renewal Charter5/17/2023Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date9/30/2030Designated Federal Officer First Name*Kevin
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameC.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Kiefer
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Coast Guard Authorization of 1998 (P.L. 105-383) Section 303,as amendedDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 372-1525
Effective Date Of Authority*11/13/1998Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee provides a public forum for discussing pilotage issues that impact the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of vessels on the Great Lakes. This process includes the stakeholders and industry providing feedback resulting in a better understanding of issues from the big picture perspective.
How is membership balanced?*The authorizing statute clearly specifies the constituencies to be represented. It specifies the following 8 members: the President of each of the three Great Lakes pilot associations; representative of Great Lakes ports; representative of shippers whose cargoes are transported through the Great lakes; representative of vessel operators that contract for Great Lakes pilotage service; representative Great Lakes maritime labor organizations; and one member with a unanimous vote of the other members of the committee.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee is expected to meet at least once per year. Additional meetings may be held at the request of a majority of the Committee.

In FY22, the Committee met in-person once and provided three recommendations.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee is mandated by statute. The issues affecting Great Lakes Pilotage are broad and diverse and impact the economies of the Great Lakes Marine Transportation System. The GLPAC is the only advisory committee that has the experience and knowledge to advise the Coast Guard on these matters.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksUnder the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 and the Elijah E. Cummings Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2020, the Committee is authorized to continue until September 30, 2030.


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 CommentAll GLPAC stakeholders affected by Great Lakes pilotage diligently attend these meetings and have representation on the Committee. Regular attendance of the Canadian Great Lakes Pilotage Authority enhances coordination and awareness which strengthens Great Lakes pilotage efforts. The Committee has been instrumental as a forum for discussing and resolving very contentious and politically charged issues relating to the USCG's statutory responsibility to prepare rates that pilots may charge for their services. GLPAC has also provided very helpful comments on issues relating to safety equipment, pilot boats and computerized pilotage assistance software. GLPAC has also provided a valuable forum for discussion of international pilotage issues that affect both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border. There are current plans to engage the GLPAC on ratemaking methodology, pilot operations and management, and further coordination with the Canadian government. Feedback from the Committee supports agency action on the Great Lakes and provides impetus for further adjustments to the pilotage system.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentN/AGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*65Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIn FY22, three Committee recommendations were made.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*12.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentIn FY22 the Coast Guard held its annual meeting in Monroe, MI at the suggestion of the Committee where there was lively discussion. No additional recommendations were completed as the work is ongoing efforts.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*88.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentBased on the September 2022 meeting, the Coast Guard continues to work on those recommendations that have not yet been fully implemented, and the Committee expressed that changes and actions taken to date are moving the Great Lakes system in a positive direction.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Coast Guard will inform the members of the Advisory Committee at subsequent meetings, informal notification via e-mail or telephone, or by publishing proposed regulations on issues affecting registered pilots.Narrative Description*The Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee was established by the Secretary to review proposed regulations and policies, advise on matters related to Great Lakes pilotage and provide recommendations. The Committee provides a public forum for discussing pilotage issues that impact the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of vessels on the Great Lakes. This process includes the stakeholders providing feedback resulting in a better understanding of issues from the big picture perspective. The recommendations for this Committee were controversial and will likely result in a revisit in the following FY before finalization.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$85,113.84Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$180,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$4,741.49Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$15,504.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$7,123.78Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$16,400.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$2,495.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$6,000.00
Total Costs$99,474.11Est. Total Next FY*$217,904.00
Date Cost Last Modified10/18/2022 9:37 AMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.40
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.40Est Cost RemarksNext FY estimates based on the following factors:
a) possibility of two Committee in-person meetings; b) 15% increase in costs; c) increase in court reporter costs, and d) increase of federal staff salary
Cost RemarksOne in-person meeting in FY22  
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039307Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2021
 COM-038476Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2020
 COM-036211Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2019
 COM-032828Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001278Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2017
 COM-003008Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003408Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2015
 COM-005112Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005508Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007284Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007622Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009441Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009705Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011357Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011568Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013219Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013434Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2005
 COM-015167Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015304Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016659Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017746Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018619Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee2000