46 U.S. Code § 55502 - United States Committee on the Marine Transportation System
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(a) Establishment.— There is established a United States Committee on the Marine Transportation System (in this section referred to as the “Committee”).
(b) Purpose.— The Committee shall serve as a Federal interagency coordinating committee for the purpose of—
(1) assessing the adequacy of the marine transportation system (including ports, waterways, channels, and their intermodal connections);
(2) promoting the integration of the marine transportation system with other modes of transportation and other uses of the marine environment; and
(1) In general.— The Committee shall consist of—
(1) Coordinating board.—
(A) In general.— There is hereby established, within the Committee, a Coordinating Board. Each member of the Committee may select a senior level representative to serve on such Board. The Board shall assist the Committee in carrying out its purpose and activities.
(B) Chair.— There shall be a Chair of the Coordinating Board. The Chair of the Coordinating Board shall rotate each year among the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Secretary of Commerce. The order of rotation shall be determined by a majority of the voting members of the Committee.
(2) Executive director.— The Secretary of Transportation, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Secretary of Commerce, shall appoint an Executive Director of the Committee.
(3) Transfers.— Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the head of a Federal department or agency who is a member of the Committee may—
(A) provide, on a reimbursable or nonreimbursable basis, facilities, equipment, services, personnel, and other support services to carry out the activities of the Committee; and
(e) Marine Transportation System Assessment and Strategy.— Not later than one year after the date of enactment of this Act and every 5 years thereafter, the Committee shall provide to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives a report that includes—
(1) steps taken to implement actions recommended in the document titled “National Strategy for the Marine Transportation System: A Framework for Action” and dated July 2008;
(3) a discussion of the challenges the marine transportation system faces in meeting user demand, including estimates of investment levels required to ensure system infrastructure meets such demand;
(4) a plan, with recommended actions, for improving the marine transportation system to meet current and future challenges; and