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Request for membership applications: National Towing Safety Advisory Committee

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The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register Jan. 14, 2020, that it is seeking applications for membership on the recently established National Towing Safety Advisory Committee. The committee was established Dec. 4, 2018, by the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018, to advise the Secretary of Homeland Security on matters relating to shallow-draft inland navigation, coastal waterway navigation, and towing safety.

Completed applications should reach the Coast Guard on or before March 16, 2020, by one of the following methods:

Applicants should send a cover letter expressing interest in an appointment to the National Towing Safety Advisory Committee and a resume detailing the applicant’s experience. Biographies will not be accepted.

The committee is required to hold meetings at least once a year in accordance with 46 U.S.C. 15109(a). The meetings are generally held in cities that have a high concentration of towing-industry and related businesses.

All members serve at their own expense and receive no salary or other compensation from the Federal Government. However, members may be reimbursed for travel and per diem in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations.

Under provisions in 46 U.S.C. 15109(f)(6), membership terms expire on December 31 of the third full year after the effective date of appointment. In this initial solicitation for members, the Coast Guard will consider applications for all 18 positions:

For full details on the application process and criteria, view the Federal Register notice.

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