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The Coast Guard's Regulatory Development Program (RDP) is dedicated to ensuring that stakeholders are fully informed of our projects and processes. The RDP produces decision papers, reports, analysis, and other informational guides. We will post these regulatory project documentation here for your information. We want stakeholders to have the opportunity to participate in identifying agency priorities, developing policies and programs, and assessing organizational performance.

Recent publications related to active Coast Guard regulatory projects can be found in the Active Projects page.

Report to Congress on the State of  Coast Guard Rulemaking Development, 4/2012

Regulatory References:

VSL Guidance - 2013

Retrospective Review

While the Coast Guard has always reviewed regulations to ensure that they are effective, efficient and up-to-date, without imposing undue burden, this practice has been further emphasized since the publication of Executive Order 13563. Since then, the Coast Guard has participated in a DHS-led process of reviewing existing regulations, requesting and reviewing public input on our regulations, and amending those regulations as appropriate. In addition to individual regulations that have been/are being shaped by these reviews (see, e.g., Updates to Maritime Security and Revision to Transportation Worker Identification Credential Requirements rules), the DHS plan and report on progress are also available.

For more information contact:

Office of Standards Evaluation and Development (CG-REG)
US Coast Guard Stop 7418
2703 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Washington, DC 20593-7418
HQ: 1-866-664-6245
Fax:(202) 372-1928

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