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MSSC History & Procedure The Marine Safety and Security Council A member's perspective. by MR. JEFFREY LANTZ Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards U.S. Coast Guard The primary missions of the U.S. Coast Guard are marine safety, security, and stewardship. Coast Guard personnel work with industry to achieve success in these missions. From a Coast Guard viewpoint, staff at headquarters must produce policies and regulations that industry can follow and Coast Guard Àeld personnel can enforce. Other Coast Guard efforts build upon this regulatory base to provide further protection, including incident response. One of my primary responsibilities as director of Commercial Regulations and Standards is to lead our service's rulemaking development program. I have been involved with this work for the past 30 years and have watched the industry and the regulatory process become more complex. Technologies and operations are changing at a rapid pace, and some of these changes were unheard of during my earlier days. Regardless, I must keep up with these trends as a member of the Marine Safety and Security Council (MSSC), as the council is charged with providing strategic leadership and advice to the Commandant regarding the Coast Guard's regulatory program. Background My experience with the rulemaking process and the MSSC dates back to my Àrst assignment as a lieutenant at Coast Guard headquarters. This was my Àrst exposure to the MSSC, known back then as the Marine Safety Council. I clearly recall my first regulatory project. I learned that MSC approval was required before I could proceed. I wondered who was on the council and why I must receive their approval. I have since come to appreciate the role of the MSSC and the value it provides to the Coast Guard's overall regulatory program. Since then, my responsibilities have grown from a subject matter expert engineer drafting technical requirements for ship engineering and lifesaving equipment to chief of the OfÀce of Design and Equipment Standards in 2006. That was when I also became a member of the Marine Safety Council. Today, I am one of the longest serving members of the MSSC, and I have gained a unique perspective on the value of the council — how it has adapted to address and lead the changes in our regulatory development program. 18 Proceedings Winter 2012 | Spring 2013 www.uscg.mil/proceedings