amend regulations to foreign rebuild determinations,
add new safety regimes for parasail vessels,
require personal Áoatation devices on tall training ships,
add technical corrections to existing rules.
The American public is a rich source of regulatory
innovation; no good idea is discounted out of hand.
The petition for rulemaking is just one way the public
can communicate with its regulators. Each petition,
no matter the size or complexity, contributes in its
own way to the Coast Guard's regulatory mission.
The uniform, fair, and public consideration of each
petition is exactly the transparent, participatory, and
collaborative governance the president envisioned in
About the author:
CAPT Sandra Selman has been a Coast Guard judge advocate since
1994 and currently serves in the OfÀce of the Judge Advocate General as chief of military justice. Her previous assignment was deputy
of the OfÀce of Regulations, and she served as the executive secretary, Marine Safety and Security Council from 2010 to 2011.
1. Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on Transparency and Open Government. 74 FR 4685, January 26, 2009, Presidential
Documents. Washington D.C.: The White House, January 21, 2009. Available at www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_ofÀce/TransparencyandOpenGovernment/.
2. 33 CFR §1.05-15.
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