CG-REG's main mission is to support sound regulatory and policy development to enhance the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship missions. CG-REG provides project management and analytic support to the various mission program offices at Coast Guard Headquarters. We assist subject matter experts in navigating the complex Regulatory Development Program (RDP) process.

In addition to our regulatory work, CG-REG is proud of its outreach efforts.

International Partnership

The Coast Guard has been a key participant and the primary U.S. representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for all policy development since the IMO Convention entered into force 50 years ago. Numerous Coast Guard offices and personnel take the lead in addressing international maritime issues with the help of various government and industry advisors through the Facilitation Committee (FAL). The FAL was established in May 1972 and deals with IMO's work in eliminating unnecessary formalities and "red tape" in international shipping. Participation in the Facilitation Committee is open to all Member States of IMO. Click here for additional information.

Domestic Partnership

The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) was first established in 1992 at the request of the Commandant. MERPAC's purpose is to advise the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), via the Commandant, on matters relating to the training, qualification, licensing, certification and fitness of seamen in the merchant marine. Click here for additional information.

To be recognized as the benchmark program for U.S. government regulatory development.

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Professionalism, Teamwork, Quality and Commitment

The Coast Guard's ability to meet the needs of a dynamic regulatory process stemming from technical regulatory amendments, Congressional mandates, international conventions, agency recommendations, and technological advancements is dependent on teamwork.

When a Program Office initiates a regulatory project proposal, CG-REG provides top-notch project management and economic and environmental analyses for these projects by utilizing dedicated professionals assigned to a Regulatory Development Team (RDT).

The Office of Standards Evaluation and Development (CG-REG) plays an integral role in the Coast Guard’s Regulatory Development Program (RDP).


CG-REG provides project management and economic and environmental analytical services in coordination with other RDP partners to support Coast Guard program offices responsible for overseeing regulations. CG-REG also coordinates the Coast Guard’s efforts in industry consensus standards development and the integration of these standards into federal regulations.

CG-REG is divided into two divisions: Standards Evaluation & Analysis Division (CG-REG-1) and the Project Management Division (CG-REG-2).  CG-REG-1 is responsible for evaluating the economic and environmental impact of a rulemaking action initiated by the Coast Guard. CG-REG-2 is responsible for managing regulatory development projects from inception to finalization, and developing performance measurements, processes, and tools to expedite the publication of regulations.

CG-REG's main RDP partner is the Office of Regulations and Administrative Law (CG-LRA), which provides legal expertise and project counsel for all Coast Guard regulatory and related actions.



The Coast Guard has always been sensitive to the impacts of our regulations and policies on the maritime industry and has sought to minimize their burden both domestically and internationally.

CG-REG has led U.S. delegations to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Facilitation Committee (FAL), which seeks to streamline the arrival, clearance and departure of vessels by reducing administrative burdens and other measures. 

One measure adopted at the 38th session of FAL (FAL 38) were the Guidelines on Measures towards Enhancing Maritime Trade Recovery related to the Global Supply Chain System and Maritime Conveyances (Guidelines), which are intended to minimize disruptions to the industry by improving government and industry information sharing and collaboration.

The Coast Guard has found that these collaborative measures greatly reduce the impact of disruptions on commerce and facilitate a faster return to normal operations than otherwise would be possible.

Announcements and New Information

4/5/17: Great Lakes Pilotage Rates
4/5/17: Outboard Engine Weights

Marine Casualty Property Damage Threshold
IMO Polar Code 46 CFR Part 2 and Part 8 Regulations
USCG- Great Lakes Pilotage Rates Proposal 2017
Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)- Reader Requirements final rule published.
Inspection of Towing Vessels final rule published.

Federal Register

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

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