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The Jones Act Moves Industry and America's Economic Prosperity

Our very first Congress singled out the domestic U.S. Merchant Marine as essential to our economy and national defense.  That is why, from the beginnings of this nation, they took steps to secure the U.S. Merchant Marine fleet from foreign flag competition in coastwise domestic maritime trade.

Senator Wesley L. Jones sponsored the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 – better known now as the Jones Act.  For 94 years, that law has remained the cornerstone of U.S. maritime policy, a policy that was the center of discussion at yesterday’s 2nd Annual Tradewinds Jones Act Forum.

There, I joined maritime industry experts and stakeholders in recognizing that, while some sectors of America’s economy have seen operations and jobs shift to countries abroad, this hasn’t been the case for our maritime industry.

Photo of Paul “Chip” Jaenichen speaking at the 2nd Annual Tradewinds Jones Act Forum

News Digest DOT 79-14

MARAD Releases Total Fuel Cycle Study for Natural Gas. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) recently released a study that evaluates total fuel cycle emissions for natural gas versus conventional marine fuels. This study was conducted as a part of MARAD’s Maritime Environmental & Technology Assistance program, which focuses efforts on emerging marine transportation and environmental issues.

News Digest DOT 74-14

U.S. Driving On the Rise, New Data Show.  New estimates released last Friday by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that Americans drove 2.969 trillion miles between May 2013 and May 2014, levels not seen since 2008. According to FHWA’s “Traffic Volume Trends” report, a monthly estimate of American driving, traffic in May 2014 was at the highest level for any May since 2007, and the second-highest of any May since data collection began in 1936. In the first five months of this year, U.S.

News Digest DOT 17-14

MARAD Requesting Comment on Title XI Evaluation Criteria.  The Maritime Administration is asking for public comment on a proposed policy regarding the factors for obtaining loan guarantees through the Maritime Guaranteed Loan Program, Title XI.  Title XI is a discretionary program that provides loan guarantees for vessel construction in U.S.

PIA - PAYROLL MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (PMIS)

The Maritime Administration, within the Department of Transportation, has been given the responsibility to improve and strengthen the U.S. marine transportation system. The Maritime Administration programs promote the development and maintenance of an adequate, well-balanced United States merchant marine, sufficient to carry the Nation's domestic waterborne commerce and a substantial portion of its waterborne foreign commerce, and capable of service as a naval and military auxiliary in time of war or national emergency. 

Payroll Management Information System uses social security numbers (SSNs) to match records from FPPS and CASTLE for payroll labor distribution. This includes complete payroll information on all (active and inactive) MARAD employees and which programs they charge to. It also provides management information to Program Managers on labor charges to their programs. Lastly, the system provides projection of future labor cost per project code.

PIA - Maritime Service Compliance System (MSCS)

The Maritime Administration, within the Department of Transportation, has been given the responsibility to improve and strengthen the U.S. marine transportation system. The Maritime Administration programs promote the development and maintenance of an adequate, well-balanced United States merchant marine, sufficient to carry the Nation's domestic waterborne commerce and a substantial portion of its waterborne foreign commerce, and capable of service as a naval and military auxiliary in time of war or national emergency. 

Maritime Service Compliance System (MSCS) assists students, maritime academy graduates of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and participants/graduates of the Student Incentive Payment (SIP) Program at the State maritime academies (SMA) complete the required annual Compliance Report online for the period of their service obligation following graduation. The application also assists MARAD in monitoring and documenting student's enrollment status while attending the maritime academies, making subsidy payments to SMA SIP students, and maintaining a record of the maritime academy graduates fulfillment of their service obligations. The MSCS also contains the graduate's employment determination waivers. 
The privacy management process is built upon a methodology that has been developed and implemented in leading companies around the country and globally. The methodology is designed to help ensure that DOT and Maritime Administration will have the information, tools and technology necessary to manage privacy effectively and employ the highest level of fair information practices while allowing the Maritime Administration to achieve its mission of protecting and enhancing the U.S. transportation system

PIA - PAYROLL LABOR DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM (PLDS)

The Maritime Administration, within the Department of Transportation, has been given the responsibility to improve and strengthen the U.S. marine transportation system. The Maritime Administration programs promote the development and maintenance of an adequate, well-balanced United States merchant marine, sufficient to carry the Nation's domestic waterborne commerce and a substantial portion of its waterborne foreign commerce, and capable of service as a naval and military auxiliary in time of war or national emergency. 

Payroll Labor Distribution System (PLDS) is a system that creates accounting transaction files based on Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Payroll information, and the Fleet Reserve Files. PLDS has a biweekly processing cycle, performed by the users in the office of accounting, through a menu processor, the processing programs, and data entry programs.

PIA - MARINER OUTREACH SYSTEM (MOS)

The Maritime Administration, within the Department of Transportation, has been given the responsibility to improve and strengthen the U.S. marine transportation system. The Maritime Administration programs promote the development and maintenance of an adequate, well-balanced United States merchant marine, sufficient to carry the Nation's domestic waterborne commerce and a substantial portion of its waterborne foreign commerce, and capable of service as a naval and military auxiliary in time of war or national emergency. 

The Mariner Outreach System (MOS) provides a systematic way to monitor the adequacy of the nation's merchant mariner pool and to track and maintain contact information and qualifications of mariners who participate in the system. MOS is an invaluable tool for MARAD and its partners to make valid vessel and human resource projections identify potential mariner shortfalls, allow mariners to provide up-to-date/accurate contact information, and to facilitate crewing of vessels should a mariner shortage occur. 
The privacy management process is built upon a methodology that has been developed and implemented in leading companies around the country and globally. The methodology is designed to help ensure that DOT and Maritime Administration will have the information, tools and technology necessary to manage privacy effectively and employ the highest level of fair information practices while allowing the Maritime Administration to achieve its mission of protecting and enhancing the U.S. transportation system.

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