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3/29/2018: Reminder – application period for Towing Safety Advisory Committee membership open until April 10

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There’s still time to submit an application for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee. This Committee advises the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters relating to the shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety.

Completed applications should reach the Coast Guard on or before April 10, 2018.

The Coast Guard will consider applications for the following five positions that will become vacant Sept. 30, 2018:

1. Two positions representing the barge and towing industry, reflecting a regional geographical balance
2. One position representing the offshore mineral and oil supply vessel industry
3. One position representing shippers
4. One position drawn from the general public to serve as a Special Government Employee

To be eligible, applicants should have particular expertise, knowledge, and experience regarding shallow-draft inland, coastal waterway, and offshore, navigation and towing safety.

Applicants should send a cover letter expressing interest in an appointment to the Towing Safety Advisory Committee that also identifies which membership category the applicant is applying under, along with a résumé detailing the applicant’s experience via one of the following methods:


202-372-8379; ATTN: Mr. Kenneth J. Doyle, Alternate Designated Federal Officer

Mr. Kenneth J. Doyle, Alternate Designated Federal Officer
Commandant (CG-OES-2)
U.S. Coast Guard Stop 7509
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20593-7509.

It is expected that the Committee will meet at least twice a year in cities with large towing centers of commerce and populated by high concentrations of towing industry and related businesses. It may also meet for extraordinary purposes. Its subcommittees may also meet to consider specific tasks as required. The Committee and its subcommittees may conduct intercessional telephonic meetings when necessary, in response to specific U.S. Coast Guard tasking.

Each Towing Safety Advisory Committee member serves a term of office of up to three years. Members may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. All members serve without compensation from the Federal Government; however, they may receive travel reimbursement and per diem.

For more information about this notice, contact Mr. Kenneth J. Doyle, Alternate Designated Federal Officer of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee, at 202-372-1363 or

For full details, view the Federal Register Notice published Feb. 12, 2018.

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