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and easily defended, which has been crucial in recent years, when enhanced scrutiny of federal regulatory efforts has dictated we provide more detailed cost/ beneÀt justiÀcations in our rules. Hot Topics The MSSC revisits its annual prioritized rulemaking quarterly to ensure regulations teams are applying their limited time and budgets to projects in a way that maximizes the progress that can be made on the large body of rulemakings under development. The MSSC also provides strategic guidance to the regulatory development program, taking stock of changes in the maritime industry and environment, Coast Guard operations and resources, and other domains to identify regulatory needs. It also provides regular reports to the Commandant of the Coast Guard regarding rulemaking actions, so interventions made through regulations can be systematically considered along with other Coast Guard functions, ranging from search and rescue to law enforcement. What's in a Name? While the council's role has changed little in the last 20 years, after 9/11 its name expanded to include "Security," reÁecting the increased emphasis on security in Coast Guard missions and acknowledging the time and effort devoted to developing security-related regulations. The composition of the council has also changed to accommodate changes in headquarters organization, ensuring the senior leaders responsible for programs administered through regulations are properly represented. Since the Coast Guard's move to the DHS in 2003, the council has overseen the effort to create detailed guidelines that standardize the Coast Guard's rulemaking process. We now produce annual reports to Congress regarding our rulemaking program progress, including measures of our project cycle time and compliance with legislative mandates that require new regulations. Consequently, the council's work in prioritizing projects is methodical 20 Proceedings Winter 2012 | Spring 2013 The council members review each project to ensure each regulation receives a thorough, cross-programmatic analysis before publication. This offers the extra advantage of observing rulemakings through a strategic lens to make sure each is consistent with the Coast Guard's big picture goals, complements other policy documents and initiatives, and takes into account the views of our maritime stakeholders. Council approval also assures the Commandant and administration leaders that each rule is well conceived and ready to be enacted. Looking Toward the Horizon The MSSC continues to fulÀll the intent of the Merchant Marine Council, its earliest predecessor, to advise and assist the Commandant on matters relating to navigation and maritime safety and to provide a forum in which all interested parties may express their views on actions taken on contemplated regulations. I am proud to be a council member and to help guide the Coast Guard's regulatory development program. About the author: Mr. Jeff Lantz is a retired Coast Guard captain and is currently the USCG director of Commercial Regulations and Standards. His responsibilities include developing U.S. national maritime safety and environmental protection regulations and policies and overseeing U.S. initiatives regarding international maritime safety, security, and environmental protection standards. He serves as the U.S. Head of Delegation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee and Marine Environmental Protection Committee. He is the chairman of the IMO Council. He graduated from the Coast Guard Academy and the University of Michigan, where he obtained advanced degrees in naval architecture, marine engineering, and mechanical engineering. www.uscg.mil/proceedings