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We noticed recently that a significant number of people entered our blog on key word searches indicating that they were looking for specific information on senior members of the Navy, Coast Guard, or Maritime Administration. Here is a link to a site offering biographies of senior Coast Guard personnel. However this is not the only source of information on senior Coast Guard personnel. Officers above the rank of Commander (0-5) are required to have biographies and photos on file with the district public affairs office of the district in which they are serving. Merchant Marine and work boat industry operations managers and legal counsel often have matters to adjudicate with district officers at this level, especially involving exemptions, exceptions, or alternative compliance proposals relative to some Coast Guard enforced regulation. Possession of a biography and photo can be of great assistance in preparing for a first meeting with the adjudicating officer. The photo will help the industry advocate to identify the adjudicating officer from among others who may also be present at the first meeting. The biography will also allow the industry advocate to determine how long the adjudicating officer has served in the local geographic area, which will provide some idea of how familiar he may be with local conditions. An examination of educational credentials and previous assignments may give the industry advocate some insight as to how to frame his proposal in terms the adjudicating officer may actually understand, or even relate to. The Coast Guard provides these biographies to encourage effective communications. Each Coast Guard officer or petty officer in a position to make discretionary decisions over regulations has to balance two values; the protection of public safety, and the avoidance of unnecessary obstructions of commerce. We will be posting as much information as we can find on how to obtain relevant biographical material on maritime regulators in our legal and authoritative literature sections.
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