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DHS - 704 - National Towing Safety Advisory Committee - Statutory (Congress Created)
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Towing Safety Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Homeland Security
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number704
Original Establishment Date12/12/1989Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.dco.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assis...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*18
Current Charter Date10/15/2021Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter10/15/2023Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date9/30/2029Designated Federal Officer First Name*Matthew
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Layman
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*§ 601 of the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018, Pub. L. No. 115-282, 132 Stat. 4192 and is codified in 46 U.S.C. § 15108Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 372-1421
Effective Date Of Authority*10/6/1980Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-372-8382
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*matthew.d.layman@uscg.mil
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The National Towing Safety Advisory Committee (NTSAC) provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security through the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on towing industry issues relating to shallow draft inland harbors and coastal waterway with particular emphasis on operations, navigation and towing safety.
How is membership balanced?*NTSAC is mandated by statute and consists of eighteen (18) members appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Members are as follows: seven members representing the barge and towing industry, reflecting a geographical balance; one member representing the offshore mineral and oil supply vessel industry; one member representing holders of active licensed Masters and Pilots of towing vessels with experience on Western Rivers and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway; one member representing the holders of active licensed Masters of towing vessels in offshore service; one member representing Masters who are active ship-docking or operating harbor towing vessels; one member representing licensed and unlicensed towing vessel engineers having formal training and experience; two members representing each of the following groups: a)port districts, authorities or terminal operators, b) shippers (of whom at least one shall be engaged in the shipment of oil hazardous materials by barge); and two members of the general public.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*NTSAC is scheduled to meet twice annually or more often as needs dictate. Sub-committees may meet at least once between meetings, and as often as monthly to complete their assigned tasks. Through these meetings, the Committee maintains close ties with industry experts. NTSAC represents this body of expertise essential to successful development of US Coast Guard initiatives in areas concerning towing operations, safety, security, and environmental protection.

NTSAC held two virtual meetings and one in-person meeting in FY22.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The diverse experience and expertise available from the Committee make NTSAC's advice invaluable. There are no other sources within DHS that have the professional expertise to contribute to the towing-specific vital issues discussed in the NTSAC forum.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A; all meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksUnder 46 U.S.C. § 15109(m), the Committee is authorized to continue until September 30, 2029.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

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 LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe US Coast Guard implementation of NTSAC's expert recommendations will lead to more efficient use of the nation's waterways by the towing industry.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*6Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNo recommendations made in FY22.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented Comment0.00Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNo recommendations partially implemented in FY22.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The Committee receives feedback in the form of briefings during public meetings with the represented industry, regulations formulated, policy published, alteration of agency business practices, and legislative changes proposed.Narrative Description*The National Towing Safety Advisory Committee (NTSAC) continues its work in Support of the Secretary of DHS goals and the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard business strategies. Specifically, NTSAC supports the goal of promoting Homeland Security by strengthening the safety, security and integrity of the maritime mass-transportation network vital to the national economy. Under the Marine Transportation System strategy, the Committee is constantly evaluating and addressing both acute and emergent Towing Vessel requirements to ensure the towing industry maintains robust capacity to meet the national economic and security needs of the nation.
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COSTS

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*$300,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$300,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$25,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$10,000.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$15,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$2,500.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$3,000.00
Total Costs$312,500.00Est. Total Next FY*$343,000.00
Date Cost Last Modified10/20/2022 12:06 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*2.50
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*2.50Est Cost RemarksTravel estimates are based on two in person meetings. One of those meetings the USCG intends to pay for Non-Fed Members Travel
Cost Remarksin FY22, NTSAC held two virtual and one in-person meetings. Non-Federal members paid their own travel this FY.  
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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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Hide Section - SUBCOMMITTEES

SUBCOMMITTEES

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Subcommittees

ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-040633COVID-19 Impact2022
 COM-040636Future of Towing Industry2022
 COM-040635Occasional Towing2022
 COM-040634Subchapter M Training2022
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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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Hide Section - DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039316National Towing Safety Advisory Committee2021
 COM-038496National Towing Safety Advisory Committee2020
 COM-036279Towing Safety Advisory Committee2019
 COM-032838Towing Safety Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001283Towing Safety Advisory Committee2017
 COM-003004Towing Safety Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003418Towing Safety Advisory Committee2015
 COM-005127Towing Safety Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005502Towing Safety Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007271Towing Safety Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007635Towing Safety Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009439Towing Safety Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009715Towing Safety Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011365Towing Safety Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011515Towing Safety Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013204Towing Safety Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013433Towing Safety Advisory Committee2005
 COM-015163Towing Safety Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015358Towing Safety Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016822Towing Safety Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017639Towing Safety Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018632Towing Safety Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019480Towing Safety Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020548Towing Safety Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021610Towing Safety Advisory Committee1997