Tuesday, January 18, 2011

USCG Rulemaking

Excerpt from U.S. Coast Guard Proceedings of the Marine Safety & Security Council magazine by RADM William D. Baumgartner.

Though not as dramatic as a Coast Guard rescue swimmer pulling a survivor out of the water, well-written rules prevent countless marine casualties and security incidents. It’s important that industry and the American public have better insight into our rulemaking process and understand the value we place on it.

Producing good rules is tough. Doing so in a timely manner is even more difficult. Under the best of circumstances and with the best of processes, drafting regulations is very time intensive. The inherent complexity and time-intensive nature of the rulemaking process make it absolutely essential that we be as efficient and effective as possible.

Due to recent process and resource improvements, our production has increased significantly and we expect that the results will be evident to our stakeholders. I hope you enjoy this brief inside look in this next series of "USCG Rulemaking" posts taken from the Spring 2010 issue of Proceedings
, and invite you to participate in the rulemaking process. Your feedback is essential.

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