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.
BALANCING BENEFIT AND BURDEN
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.