Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce; Notice of Opportunity To Apply for Training and Education Designation, 67599-67603 [2020-23490]

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[FR Doc. 2020–23555 Filed 10–22–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–SC–P PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67599 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration [Docket Number MARAD–2018–0088] Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce; Notice of Opportunity To Apply for Training and Education Designation Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice invites eligible and qualified training entities to apply to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for designation as a Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE). The National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 (the Act) provided the Secretary of Transportation with the discretionary authority to designate eligible and qualified entities as CoEs. CoE designations will serve to assist the maritime industry in obtaining and maintaining the highest quality workforce. On March 6, 2020, the agency published a final notice in the Federal Register announcing its voluntary program to identify and recommend qualified training providers for CoE designation and the agency intent to obtain a current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number for the information collection requirements resulting from this action. OMB has since approved an information collection control number for collecting CoE applications. The purpose of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible and qualified training entities for CoE designation. DATES: Applications, including all supporting information and documents, must be submitted by 8:00 p.m. E.D.T. on December 22, 2020. ADDRESSES: Applications, including all supporting information and documents, must be submitted via electronic mail to CoEDMWTE@dot.gov. The original application letter, including one copy of all supporting information and documents, may also be submitted by mail addressed to U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Deputy Associate Administrator for Maritime Education and Training, Attention: CoE Designation Program,1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nuns Jain, Maritime Administration, at Nuns.Jain@dot.gov or at 757–322–5801. You may send mail to Nuns Jain at Maritime Administration, Building 19, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1 67600 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 206 / Friday, October 23, 2020 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Suite 300, 7737 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23505. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Following the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018, Public Law 115–91 (the ‘‘Act’’), codified at 46 U.S.C. 54102, MARAD developed a procedure to recommend to the Secretary the designation of eligible institutions as Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE). Pursuant to the Act, the Secretary of Transportation may designate certain eligible and qualified training entities as CoEs and may subsequently execute Cooperative Agreements with CoE designees. Authority to administer the CoE program is delegated to MARAD in 49 CFR 1.93(a). Qualified training entities seeking to be designated as a CoE need to apply to MARAD. MARAD has developed this policy to provide interested parties with comprehensive agency guidance on how to apply for CoE designation and how the CoE program will be administered. Applications should include information to demonstrate that the applicant institution meets certain eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and qualitative attributes consistent with Section 3507 of the Act. The MARAD application procedure and program details are listed below and are also available to the public on its website at https:// www.maritime.dot.gov/education/ maritime-centers-excellence. Prior Federal Action As the first step in developing a CoE policy, MARAD issued a Federal Register notice requesting comments on its proposed application process entitled Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education, 83 FR 25109 (May 31, 2018). In response to the notice, we received 18 written comments. On July 19, 2019, MARAD published another notice (84 FR 34994) in which MARAD responded to comments received and sought comments on the proposed policy to which five comments were received. On March 6, 2020, MARAD published its final CoE designation policy in the Federal Register (85 FR 13231) in which MARAD responded to comments received and sought new comments to the Office of Management and Budget on the information collection requirements in the CoE designation policy to which no comments were received. All the unabridged comments are available for review electronically at www.regulations.gov by searching DOT Docket Id ‘‘MARAD–2018–0088’’ or by VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:09 Oct 22, 2020 Jkt 253001 visiting the DOT Docket, Room PL–401, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for Federal Holidays. Applicant Assistance To assist applicants to be designated as a Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education, please find below MARAD’s policy to include recommendations on how best to apply. MARAD Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education Designation Policy This policy describes the process through which MARAD will exercise its discretionary authority to designate Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education. How To Be Designated a Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education Introduction The Secretary of Transportation, acting through the Maritime Administrator, may designate certain eligible and qualified training entities as Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE) and may subsequently execute Cooperative Agreements with CoE designees. MARAD has developed the CoE Program to provide interested parties with comprehensive agency guidance on how best to apply for CoE designation. However, conformity with this CoE applicant guidance, except to the extent that it references statutory requirements, is voluntary only. MARAD will review and consider all applications it receives and may contact applicants with questions to assist in reviewing their applications. The CoE Program is a voluntary program. Each eligible and qualified training entity is free to decide whether it wishes to participate in the program and apply for a CoE designation. Eligible training entities seeking to be designated as a CoE are welcome to apply with MARAD. The application should include information to demonstrate that the applicant institution meets certain eligibility criteria, designation requirements, and attributes consistent with 46 U.S.C. 54102. Key Terms The following list of key terms are either directly taken from the statute or have been developed by MARAD or from comments received from the public during our earlier notice and PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comment period. The list is intended to assist applicants by providing context and insight into the approval process. If you believe that your institution qualifies for CoE designee status under an alternate interpretation or by qualifications not otherwise clearly articulated in the statute, please provide a cogent justification for any such alternative and it will be given due consideration during our review. 1. ‘‘Afloat Career’’ is a term developed by MARAD to mean a career as a merchant mariner compensated for service aboard a vessel in the U.S. Maritime Industry. 2. ‘‘Arctic’’ as explicitly stated in the statute means all United States and foreign territory north of the Arctic Circle and all United States territory north and west of the boundary formed by the Porcupine, Yukon, and Kuskokwim Rivers; all contiguous seas, including the Arctic Ocean and the Beaufort, Bering, and Chukchi Seas; and the Aleutian chain. [Section 112 of the Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984, codified at 15 U.S.C. 4111]; 3. ‘‘Ashore Career’’ is a term developed by MARAD to mean a shorebased compensated occupation in the United States Maritime Industry. 4. ‘‘Community or Technical College’’ is interpreted by MARAD to mean an institution of higher education that— a. admits as regular students, persons who are beyond the age of compulsory school attendance, or are enrolled in a high school and concurrently are participating in a dual credit or similar program, in the State in which the institution is located or in an adjoining State or region; and b. has primary focus on awarding Associate (or equivalent) degrees; and c. provides an educational program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor’s or equivalent degree or that may culminate in a professional or technical certificate or credential, stackable certificates and credentials, and/or two-year degree; 5. ‘‘Maritime Training Center’’ is interpreted by MARAD to mean a training institution that: a. Does not grant baccalaureate or higher levels of academic degree; b. is not a ‘‘Community or Technical College’’; and c. provides a structured program of training courses to prepare students and/or enhance their skills for Afloat Careers and/or Ashore Careers in the United States Maritime Industry. 6. ‘‘Mississippi River System’’ is interpreted by MARAD to mean the mostly riverine network of the United States which includes the Mississippi River, and all connecting waterways, E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 206 / Friday, October 23, 2020 / Notices natural tributaries and distributaries. The system includes the Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Red, Allegheny, Tennessee, Wabash and Atchafalaya rivers. Important connecting waterways include the Illinois Waterway, the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. 7. ‘‘Operated by, or under the supervision of, a State’’ is interpreted by MARAD to mean operated by or under the supervision of a public entity of a State government or one of its subdivisions, as well as county governments, and city or local governments; a. ‘‘operated by’’ a State is interpreted by MARAD to mean that the State controls or provides direct oversight to the Maritime Training Center or the Community or Technical College through: i. a State charter process, or other equivalent documents and system; and ii. a State oversight body. b. ‘‘under the supervision of a State’’ is interpreted by MARAD to mean that the State oversees in some manner the Maritime Training Center or the Community or Technical College through at least one of the following means: i. Accreditation or similar review, validation, and approval by a public entity of the State government or one of its subdivisions as well as, county governments, and city or local governments; ii. Registration approval by a State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA), in accordance with 29 CFR part 29, of an apprenticeship program offered by the Maritime Training Center to qualified students from the public; or iii. Other means which demonstrate to MARAD that the State is supervising the educational process for which a CoE designation is sought. c. ‘‘State’’ is interpreted by MARAD to mean a State of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and any other territory or possession of the United States. d. ‘‘United States Maritime Industry’’ is a term developed by MARAD that includes all segments of the maritimerelated transportation system of the United States, both in domestic and foreign trade, coastal and inland waters, as well as non-commercial maritime activities, such as pleasure boating, marine sciences (including all scientific research vessels) and all of the industries that support such uses, including, but not limited to vessel construction and repair, vessel operations, ship logistics supply, VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:09 Oct 22, 2020 Jkt 253001 berthing, port operations, port intermodal operations, marine terminal operations, vessel design, marine brokerage, marine insurance, marine financing, chartering, maritime-oriented supply chain operations, offshore industry and maritime-oriented research and development. Applicant Information 1. Who is eligible to apply for designation as a center of excellence for domestic maritime workforce training and education (CoE)? Participation in the CoE program is entirely voluntary for an eligible educational institution. An eligible educational institution is not required to seek a CoE designation. Under the statute, an educational institution that provides training and education for the domestic maritime workforce is eligible to apply so long as it meets the following criteria: a. An institution located in a State that borders on at least one of the following bodies of water: 1. Gulf of Mexico; 2. Atlantic Ocean; 3. Long Island Sound; 4. Pacific Ocean; 5. Great Lakes; 6. Mississippi River System; 7. Arctic; or 8. Gulf of Alaska. b. The institution is: 1. A Community or Technical College; or 2. A Maritime Training Center— i. Operated by, or under the supervision of a State; and ii. With a maritime training program in operation in its curriculum on 12/12/ 2017; or 3. A group of Community or Technical Colleges and/or Maritime Training Centers that: i. Consists only of members that meet the eligibility criteria at (1)(a) and either (1)(b)(1) or (1)(b)(2), and the selection criteria under (2); ii. Names a member of such group as a lead entity. The lead entity will serve as the primary point of contact with MARAD and will be responsible for all duties, including administrative, legal and financial, as related to the CoE designation. For example, the lead entity is responsible for submitting the CoE application, responding to any inquiries from MARAD, and coordinating and executing any cooperative agreements with MARAD; and iii. Has a legally binding agreement signed by all members. That agreement must include the name of the group, which will receive the CoE designation PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67601 if one is granted, and list the lead entity and its responsibilities consistent with (ii) of this section. 2. How does MARAD interpret the selection criteria for CoE designation? I. Assuming no alternative qualifications are provided, MARAD will consider applicants eligible for designation if they can demonstrate compliance with all the following criteria: a. The academic programs offered by the institution include: 1. One or more Afloat Career preparation tracks in the United States Maritime Industry, and/or 2. One or more Ashore Career preparation tracks in the United States Maritime Industry. b. Applicant institutions offering Afloat Career and/or Ashore Career tracks have been accredited as follows: 1. ‘‘Community or Technical Colleges’’ hold current accreditation of the institution from a Regional Accreditation Agency or a Nationally Recognized Agency on the list of Accrediting Agencies approved by the U.S. Department of Education. 2. ‘‘Maritime Training Centers’’ hold current accreditation— i. either of the institution, from a Regional Accreditation Agency or a Nationally Recognized Agency on the list of Accrediting Agencies approved by the U.S. Department of Education; or ii. of the maritime training program offered by the institution from either: A. The State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) in accordance with 29 CFR part 29, B. the State’s Department of Education or equivalent State agency, C. the United States Coast Guard (USCG), or D. other appropriate external review body which is specifically authorized to review and validate post-secondary education programs and is acceptable to MARAD. c. As applicable, maintain USCG approval for the merchant mariner training program and/or merchant mariner training course(s) offered by the institution. d. Provide data and statistics to demonstrate institutional and/or program effectiveness. This should include, but is not limited to, recruitment data, past/current enrollment (trends), attrition rates, student program completion data, postprogram job and placement statistics (to the extent available to the institution), and program effectiveness feedback from students, faculty, alumni, and other stakeholders. e. As applicable, maintain authorization and/or endorsement of the E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1 67602 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 206 / Friday, October 23, 2020 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES program and/or course(s) by an applicable professional society or industry body (including, but not limited to Welding, Electrician, Electronics, Maritime Construction, Maritime Logistics, Maritime Systems, etc.) to issue industry accepted certifications that reflect professional recognition of the level of educational or technical skill achievement. II. Additional factors to be considered may include the following qualitative attributes fostered by the institution: a. Supporting workforce needs of the local, state, or regional economy; b. Building Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) competencies of local/future workforce through maritime programs to meet emerging local, regional, and national economic interests; c. Promoting diversity and inclusion among the student body; d. Offering a broad-based curriculum and stackable credentials where applicable; e. Engaging and/or collaborating with the maritime industry including, but not limited to employers, associations, and other industry organizations or partners; f. Engaging and/or collaborating with employer-led maritime training practices and programs through Sector Partnerships as authorized in the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Section 3(26); g. Engaging and/or collaborating with local and regional maritime high schools or other high schools with maritime, maritime related, Career Technical Education (CTE) or STEM programs; h. Engaging and/or collaborating with maritime academies as appropriate and other applicable institutions or organizations for advanced proficiency and higher education; and i. Conducting other significant domestic maritime workforce development related activities. 3. What agreement may MARAD execute with a designated CoE? Designation as a COE does not entitle any entity to any federal funding and does not necessarily lead to a cooperative agreement with MARAD. The Maritime Administrator, or designee, may enter into a cooperative agreement with a CoE to support maritime workforce training and education, including but not limited to, efforts of the CoE to: a. Recruit, admit, and train students; b. Recruit and train faculty; c. Expand or enhance facilities; d. Create new maritime career pathways; e. Award students credit for prior experience, including military service; VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:09 Oct 22, 2020 Jkt 253001 f. Expand and improve employer-led maritime training practices and programs through the establishment of Sector Partnerships as authorized in the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Section 3(26); and g. Conduct such other CoE activities that are determined by MARAD to further maritime workforce training and education. 4. What specific assistance may MARAD offer to a designated CoE under a cooperative agreement? By entering into a cooperative agreement, MARAD may be able to offer the following types of assistance: a. Donation of surplus equipment to CoEs that also meet the requirements of 46 U.S.C. 51103(b)(2)(C); b. Temporary use of MARAD vessels and assets for indoctrination, training, and assistance, subject to availability and approval by MARAD and the Department of Defense when applicable. For any CoE requests relating to temporary use of a MARAD Training Ship operated by a State Maritime Academy, the MARAD approval process will include consultation with that Academy; c. Availability of MARAD subject matter experts to address students when feasible; and d. Funding, to the extent such funds are properly appropriated and made available for this purpose. Implementation and Administration MARAD will evaluate the applicant’s supporting documentation and either approve or disapprove the request for designation. During the evaluation of the application and the supporting documentation, MARAD may request clarifications or additional information from the applicant. Upon approval, the Maritime Administrator or his/her designee will make a designation. MARAD will thereafter publish the CoE’s name and contact information on its website. After issuance of the designation, MARAD may enter into a cooperative agreement with the CoE. 5. When and where should I submit my application for designation? a. MARAD will publish notifications in the Federal Register and on its website at the beginning of March each year seeking applications on or before June 1. This should provide applicants a minimum of 60 days to prepare and submit their applications. b. An eligible training entity seeking designation as a CoE may submit applications, including all supporting information and documents, by email to CoEDMWTE@dot.gov or by mail PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 addressed as follows: Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Deputy Associate Administrator for Maritime Education and Training, Attention: CoE Designation Program, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20590. 6. How will I know the outcome of my designation request application? MARAD will notify each applicant of the status of their designation request. During the evaluation period, MARAD may request clarification or additional information from the applicant. 7. Does my CoE designation expire? CoE designations are identified by year (e.g., X has been designated a Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education for 2020). Successful applicants can apply each year for designation. How To Apply for a CoE Designation 8. What should be included in my CoE designation application? Special Instructions: To assist MARAD in its review of your application and to ensure that your application is identified as complete, your institution should provide only concise and relevant information and supporting documentation to demonstrate your eligibility and compliance with the statutory designation criteria. To that end, MARAD encourages your institution to ensure that each responsive section and each page of any document or enclosure in your application clearly references the question number(s) and section(s) listed in this guidance and or the statute. See the below examples: Example 1. ‘‘Mar Ex’’ is eligible for the CoE program as a community college. (Q10, Section I(c)). Please find enclosed our Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Status, State supervision and validation document. (Q10, Section I(c)(1–3). Example 2. ‘‘Mar Ex’’ is enclosing the following supporting documents to demonstrate that our Maritime Training Center offers Afloat Track programs and that we are State accredited. (Q10, Section I(e)(2)): U.S. Department of Education Accrediting Agency XYZ accreditation (Q10, Section I(e)(2)(i). Information To Include in Your Application Including the following information will greatly assist our review process: 1. Letter applying for CoE designation from the Chief Executive of the applicant institution. 2. Applicant contact information: E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 206 / Friday, October 23, 2020 / Notices a. Legal name of applicant institution and address. b. Chief executive’s name, position title, address, phone number(s) and email. c. Points of contact (POC) name(s), position titles, phone number(s), emails. 3. Indicate if the applicant institution is claiming eligibility for the CoE program as a ‘‘Community or Technical College’’ or ‘‘Maritime Training Center’’, and submit the following supporting information and documents: a. Charter, Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Incorporation, or equivalent, if applicable. b. Certificate of Status (also known as Certificate of Existence or Certificate of Good Standing), a document issued by a State official (usually the Secretary of State), if applicable. c. State operation or State supervision validation documents, if applicable. d. Non-Profit certification, if applicable. e. Accreditation approval letter(s) from an accrediting agency(ies). f. Approval letter from a State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) in accordance with 29 CFR part 29, if applicable. g. Approval letter from the State’s Department of Education or equivalent State agency, if applicable. h. Approval letter from the United States Coast Guard (USCG), if applicable. i. ISO 9001 or other quality management certification (Maritime Training Centers only), if applicable. j. Data and statistics to demonstrate institutional effectiveness. This should include, but not be limited to, recruitment data, past/current enrollment (trends), attrition rates, student program completion data, postprogram job and placement statistics (to the extent available to the institution), and program effectiveness feedback from students, faculty, alumni, and other stakeholders. 4. Indicate that the applicant offers one or more Afloat Career preparation tracks and/or one or more Ashore Career preparation tracks in the United States Maritime Industry and submit the following supporting information: a. Program summary; b. A description of applicable courses offered (only relevant maritime related program-specific pages from the catalogue); c. If applicable, letters of authorization and/or endorsement of the course/program and/or course(s) by an applicable professional society or industry body (including, but not limited to Welding, Electrician, Electronics, Maritime Construction, VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:09 Oct 22, 2020 Jkt 253001 Maritime Logistics, Maritime Systems, etc.) to issue industry accepted certifications that reflect a professionally recognized level of educational or technical skill achievement; and d. Any other relevant supporting documentation. Note: Applicant institutions offering both Ashore and Afloat Career tracks are encouraged to submit supporting information for both tracks. 5. Applicant institutions offering Afloat Career and/or Ashore Career tracks should indicate that they have satisfied accreditation requirements, as set forth below: a. ‘‘Community and Technical Colleges’’ hold current accreditation of the institution from a Regional Accreditation Agency or a Nationally Recognized Agency on the list of Accrediting Agencies approved by the U.S. Department of Education. b. ‘‘Maritime Training Centers’’ hold current accreditation— i. either of the institution from a Regional Accreditation Agency or a Nationally Recognized; Agency on the list of Accrediting Agencies approved by the U.S. Department of Education; or ii. of the maritime training program offered by the institution from one or more of the following: A. A State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) in accordance with 29 CFR part 29, B. the State’s Department of Education or equivalent State agency, C. the United States Coast Guard (USCG), if applicable; or D. other appropriate external review body which is specifically authorized to review and validate post-secondary education programs and is acceptable to MARAD. 6. All applicant institutions may submit a brief narrative statement for one or more qualitative attributes fostered by the institution to accomplish the following: a. Support the workforce needs of the local, state, or regional economy; b. Build the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) competencies of local/future workforce to meet emerging local, regional, and national economic interests; c. Promote diversity and inclusion among the student body; d. Offer a broad-based curriculum and stackable credentials, where applicable; e. Engage and/or collaborate with the maritime industry, including, but not limited to employers, associations, and other industry organizations or partners; f. Engage and/or collaborate with employer-led maritime training practices and programs through Sector PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 67603 Partnerships as authorized in the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Section 3(26); g. Engage and/or collaborate with local and regional maritime high schools with maritime, maritime related, Career Technical Education (CTE) or STEM programs; h. Engage and/or collaborate with maritime academies and other institutions or organizations for advanced proficiency and higher education; and i. Conduct other significant domestic maritime workforce development related activities. 7. All applicant institutions may provide any relevant endorsements, awards, recognition and significant accomplishments in support of their application. Nothing in this policy requires MARAD to exercise its discretionary authority under 46 U.S.C. 54102. This policy establishes a voluntary program in which successful applicants may be designated as a Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE). Paperwork Reduction Act The information collection requirements in the final CoE designation policy have been approved under information collection number 2133–0549 by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq. In accordance with 5 CFR 1320.5(b)(2)(i), persons are not required to provide information to the Government unless the information collection displays a current and valid OMB control number. This application process is operating under the following current and valid OMB control number: 2133–0549. (Authority: The National Defense Authorization Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115–91 (December 12, 2017), 46 U.S.C. 54102, The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended, 49 CFR 1.49) Dated: October 20, 2020. By Order of the Maritime Administrator. T. Mitchell Hudson, Jr., Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. 2020–23490 Filed 10–22–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Maritime Administration

[Docket Number MARAD-2018-0088]


Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce; Notice of 
Opportunity To Apply for Training and Education Designation

AGENCY: Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice invites eligible and qualified training entities 
to apply to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for designation as a 
Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and 
Education (CoE). The National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 (the 
Act) provided the Secretary of Transportation with the discretionary 
authority to designate eligible and qualified entities as CoEs. CoE 
designations will serve to assist the maritime industry in obtaining 
and maintaining the highest quality workforce. On March 6, 2020, the 
agency published a final notice in the Federal Register announcing its 
voluntary program to identify and recommend qualified training 
providers for CoE designation and the agency intent to obtain a current 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number for the 
information collection requirements resulting from this action. OMB has 
since approved an information collection control number for collecting 
CoE applications. The purpose of this notice is to solicit applications 
from eligible and qualified training entities for CoE designation.

DATES: Applications, including all supporting information and 
documents, must be submitted by 8:00 p.m. E.D.T. on December 22, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Applications, including all supporting information and 
documents, must be submitted via electronic mail to [email protected]. 
The original application letter, including one copy of all supporting 
information and documents, may also be submitted by mail addressed to 
U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Deputy 
Associate Administrator for Maritime Education and Training, Attention: 
CoE Designation Program,1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 
20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nuns Jain, Maritime Administration, at 
[email protected] or at 757-322-5801. You may send mail to Nuns Jain at 
Maritime Administration, Building 19,

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Suite 300, 7737 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23505.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Following the enactment of the National 
Defense Authorization Act of 2018, Public Law 115-91 (the ``Act''), 
codified at 46 U.S.C. 54102, MARAD developed a procedure to recommend 
to the Secretary the designation of eligible institutions as Centers of 
Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education 
(CoE). Pursuant to the Act, the Secretary of Transportation may 
designate certain eligible and qualified training entities as CoEs and 
may subsequently execute Cooperative Agreements with CoE designees. 
Authority to administer the CoE program is delegated to MARAD in 49 CFR 
1.93(a).
    Qualified training entities seeking to be designated as a CoE need 
to apply to MARAD. MARAD has developed this policy to provide 
interested parties with comprehensive agency guidance on how to apply 
for CoE designation and how the CoE program will be administered. 
Applications should include information to demonstrate that the 
applicant institution meets certain eligibility requirements, selection 
criteria, and qualitative attributes consistent with Section 3507 of 
the Act.
    The MARAD application procedure and program details are listed 
below and are also available to the public on its website at https://www.maritime.dot.gov/education/maritime-centers-excellence.

Prior Federal Action

    As the first step in developing a CoE policy, MARAD issued a 
Federal Register notice requesting comments on its proposed application 
process entitled Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce 
Training and Education, 83 FR 25109 (May 31, 2018). In response to the 
notice, we received 18 written comments. On July 19, 2019, MARAD 
published another notice (84 FR 34994) in which MARAD responded to 
comments received and sought comments on the proposed policy to which 
five comments were received. On March 6, 2020, MARAD published its 
final CoE designation policy in the Federal Register (85 FR 13231) in 
which MARAD responded to comments received and sought new comments to 
the Office of Management and Budget on the information collection 
requirements in the CoE designation policy to which no comments were 
received. All the unabridged comments are available for review 
electronically at www.regulations.gov by searching DOT Docket Id 
``MARAD-2018-0088'' or by visiting the DOT Docket, Room PL-401, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except for Federal Holidays.

Applicant Assistance

    To assist applicants to be designated as a Center of Excellence for 
Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education, please find below 
MARAD's policy to include recommendations on how best to apply.

MARAD Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and 
Education Designation Policy

    This policy describes the process through which MARAD will exercise 
its discretionary authority to designate Centers of Excellence for 
Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education.

How To Be Designated a Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime 
Workforce Training and Education

Introduction

    The Secretary of Transportation, acting through the Maritime 
Administrator, may designate certain eligible and qualified training 
entities as Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce 
Training and Education (CoE) and may subsequently execute Cooperative 
Agreements with CoE designees. MARAD has developed the CoE Program to 
provide interested parties with comprehensive agency guidance on how 
best to apply for CoE designation. However, conformity with this CoE 
applicant guidance, except to the extent that it references statutory 
requirements, is voluntary only. MARAD will review and consider all 
applications it receives and may contact applicants with questions to 
assist in reviewing their applications. The CoE Program is a voluntary 
program. Each eligible and qualified training entity is free to decide 
whether it wishes to participate in the program and apply for a CoE 
designation.
    Eligible training entities seeking to be designated as a CoE are 
welcome to apply with MARAD. The application should include information 
to demonstrate that the applicant institution meets certain eligibility 
criteria, designation requirements, and attributes consistent with 46 
U.S.C. 54102.

Key Terms

    The following list of key terms are either directly taken from the 
statute or have been developed by MARAD or from comments received from 
the public during our earlier notice and comment period. The list is 
intended to assist applicants by providing context and insight into the 
approval process. If you believe that your institution qualifies for 
CoE designee status under an alternate interpretation or by 
qualifications not otherwise clearly articulated in the statute, please 
provide a cogent justification for any such alternative and it will be 
given due consideration during our review.
    1. ``Afloat Career'' is a term developed by MARAD to mean a career 
as a merchant mariner compensated for service aboard a vessel in the 
U.S. Maritime Industry.
    2. ``Arctic'' as explicitly stated in the statute means all United 
States and foreign territory north of the Arctic Circle and all United 
States territory north and west of the boundary formed by the 
Porcupine, Yukon, and Kuskokwim Rivers; all contiguous seas, including 
the Arctic Ocean and the Beaufort, Bering, and Chukchi Seas; and the 
Aleutian chain. [Section 112 of the Arctic Research and Policy Act of 
1984, codified at 15 U.S.C. 4111];
    3. ``Ashore Career'' is a term developed by MARAD to mean a shore-
based compensated occupation in the United States Maritime Industry.
    4. ``Community or Technical College'' is interpreted by MARAD to 
mean an institution of higher education that--
    a. admits as regular students, persons who are beyond the age of 
compulsory school attendance, or are enrolled in a high school and 
concurrently are participating in a dual credit or similar program, in 
the State in which the institution is located or in an adjoining State 
or region; and
    b. has primary focus on awarding Associate (or equivalent) degrees; 
and
    c. provides an educational program that is acceptable for full 
credit toward a bachelor's or equivalent degree or that may culminate 
in a professional or technical certificate or credential, stackable 
certificates and credentials, and/or two-year degree;
    5. ``Maritime Training Center'' is interpreted by MARAD to mean a 
training institution that:
    a. Does not grant baccalaureate or higher levels of academic 
degree;
    b. is not a ``Community or Technical College''; and
    c. provides a structured program of training courses to prepare 
students and/or enhance their skills for Afloat Careers and/or Ashore 
Careers in the United States Maritime Industry.
    6. ``Mississippi River System'' is interpreted by MARAD to mean the 
mostly riverine network of the United States which includes the 
Mississippi River, and all connecting waterways,

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natural tributaries and distributaries. The system includes the 
Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Red, Allegheny, Tennessee, Wabash 
and Atchafalaya rivers. Important connecting waterways include the 
Illinois Waterway, the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, and the Gulf 
Intracoastal Waterway.
    7. ``Operated by, or under the supervision of, a State'' is 
interpreted by MARAD to mean operated by or under the supervision of a 
public entity of a State government or one of its subdivisions, as well 
as county governments, and city or local governments;
    a. ``operated by'' a State is interpreted by MARAD to mean that the 
State controls or provides direct oversight to the Maritime Training 
Center or the Community or Technical College through:
    i. a State charter process, or other equivalent documents and 
system; and
    ii. a State oversight body.
    b. ``under the supervision of a State'' is interpreted by MARAD to 
mean that the State oversees in some manner the Maritime Training 
Center or the Community or Technical College through at least one of 
the following means:
    i. Accreditation or similar review, validation, and approval by a 
public entity of the State government or one of its subdivisions as 
well as, county governments, and city or local governments;
    ii. Registration approval by a State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA), 
in accordance with 29 CFR part 29, of an apprenticeship program offered 
by the Maritime Training Center to qualified students from the public; 
or
    iii. Other means which demonstrate to MARAD that the State is 
supervising the educational process for which a CoE designation is 
sought.
    c. ``State'' is interpreted by MARAD to mean a State of the United 
States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin 
Islands, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and any other 
territory or possession of the United States.
    d. ``United States Maritime Industry'' is a term developed by MARAD 
that includes all segments of the maritime-related transportation 
system of the United States, both in domestic and foreign trade, 
coastal and inland waters, as well as non-commercial maritime 
activities, such as pleasure boating, marine sciences (including all 
scientific research vessels) and all of the industries that support 
such uses, including, but not limited to vessel construction and 
repair, vessel operations, ship logistics supply, berthing, port 
operations, port intermodal operations, marine terminal operations, 
vessel design, marine brokerage, marine insurance, marine financing, 
chartering, maritime-oriented supply chain operations, offshore 
industry and maritime-oriented research and development.

Applicant Information

1. Who is eligible to apply for designation as a center of excellence 
for domestic maritime workforce training and education (CoE)?

    Participation in the CoE program is entirely voluntary for an 
eligible educational institution. An eligible educational institution 
is not required to seek a CoE designation. Under the statute, an 
educational institution that provides training and education for the 
domestic maritime workforce is eligible to apply so long as it meets 
the following criteria:
    a. An institution located in a State that borders on at least one 
of the following bodies of water:
    1. Gulf of Mexico;
    2. Atlantic Ocean;
    3. Long Island Sound;
    4. Pacific Ocean;
    5. Great Lakes;
    6. Mississippi River System;
    7. Arctic; or
    8. Gulf of Alaska.
    b. The institution is:
    1. A Community or Technical College; or
    2. A Maritime Training Center--
    i. Operated by, or under the supervision of a State; and
    ii. With a maritime training program in operation in its curriculum 
on 12/12/2017; or
    3. A group of Community or Technical Colleges and/or Maritime 
Training Centers that:
    i. Consists only of members that meet the eligibility criteria at 
(1)(a) and either (1)(b)(1) or (1)(b)(2), and the selection criteria 
under (2);
    ii. Names a member of such group as a lead entity. The lead entity 
will serve as the primary point of contact with MARAD and will be 
responsible for all duties, including administrative, legal and 
financial, as related to the CoE designation. For example, the lead 
entity is responsible for submitting the CoE application, responding to 
any inquiries from MARAD, and coordinating and executing any 
cooperative agreements with MARAD; and
    iii. Has a legally binding agreement signed by all members. That 
agreement must include the name of the group, which will receive the 
CoE designation if one is granted, and list the lead entity and its 
responsibilities consistent with (ii) of this section.

2. How does MARAD interpret the selection criteria for CoE designation?

    I. Assuming no alternative qualifications are provided, MARAD will 
consider applicants eligible for designation if they can demonstrate 
compliance with all the following criteria:
    a. The academic programs offered by the institution include:
    1. One or more Afloat Career preparation tracks in the United 
States Maritime Industry, and/or
    2. One or more Ashore Career preparation tracks in the United 
States Maritime Industry.
    b. Applicant institutions offering Afloat Career and/or Ashore 
Career tracks have been accredited as follows:
    1. ``Community or Technical Colleges'' hold current accreditation 
of the institution from a Regional Accreditation Agency or a Nationally 
Recognized Agency on the list of Accrediting Agencies approved by the 
U.S. Department of Education.
    2. ``Maritime Training Centers'' hold current accreditation--
    i. either of the institution, from a Regional Accreditation Agency 
or a Nationally Recognized Agency on the list of Accrediting Agencies 
approved by the U.S. Department of Education; or
    ii. of the maritime training program offered by the institution 
from either:
    A. The State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) in accordance with 29 CFR 
part 29,
    B. the State's Department of Education or equivalent State agency,
    C. the United States Coast Guard (USCG), or
    D. other appropriate external review body which is specifically 
authorized to review and validate post-secondary education programs and 
is acceptable to MARAD.
    c. As applicable, maintain USCG approval for the merchant mariner 
training program and/or merchant mariner training course(s) offered by 
the institution.
    d. Provide data and statistics to demonstrate institutional and/or 
program effectiveness. This should include, but is not limited to, 
recruitment data, past/current enrollment (trends), attrition rates, 
student program completion data, post-program job and placement 
statistics (to the extent available to the institution), and program 
effectiveness feedback from students, faculty, alumni, and other 
stakeholders.
    e. As applicable, maintain authorization and/or endorsement of the

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program and/or course(s) by an applicable professional society or 
industry body (including, but not limited to Welding, Electrician, 
Electronics, Maritime Construction, Maritime Logistics, Maritime 
Systems, etc.) to issue industry accepted certifications that reflect 
professional recognition of the level of educational or technical skill 
achievement.
    II. Additional factors to be considered may include the following 
qualitative attributes fostered by the institution:
    a. Supporting workforce needs of the local, state, or regional 
economy;
    b. Building Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) 
competencies of local/future workforce through maritime programs to 
meet emerging local, regional, and national economic interests;
    c. Promoting diversity and inclusion among the student body;
    d. Offering a broad-based curriculum and stackable credentials 
where applicable;
    e. Engaging and/or collaborating with the maritime industry 
including, but not limited to employers, associations, and other 
industry organizations or partners;
    f. Engaging and/or collaborating with employer-led maritime 
training practices and programs through Sector Partnerships as 
authorized in the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Section 
3(26);
    g. Engaging and/or collaborating with local and regional maritime 
high schools or other high schools with maritime, maritime related, 
Career Technical Education (CTE) or STEM programs;
    h. Engaging and/or collaborating with maritime academies as 
appropriate and other applicable institutions or organizations for 
advanced proficiency and higher education; and
    i. Conducting other significant domestic maritime workforce 
development related activities.

3. What agreement may MARAD execute with a designated CoE?

    Designation as a COE does not entitle any entity to any federal 
funding and does not necessarily lead to a cooperative agreement with 
MARAD. The Maritime Administrator, or designee, may enter into a 
cooperative agreement with a CoE to support maritime workforce training 
and education, including but not limited to, efforts of the CoE to:
    a. Recruit, admit, and train students;
    b. Recruit and train faculty;
    c. Expand or enhance facilities;
    d. Create new maritime career pathways;
    e. Award students credit for prior experience, including military 
service;
    f. Expand and improve employer-led maritime training practices and 
programs through the establishment of Sector Partnerships as authorized 
in the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Section 3(26); and
    g. Conduct such other CoE activities that are determined by MARAD 
to further maritime workforce training and education.

4. What specific assistance may MARAD offer to a designated CoE under a 
cooperative agreement?

    By entering into a cooperative agreement, MARAD may be able to 
offer the following types of assistance:
    a. Donation of surplus equipment to CoEs that also meet the 
requirements of 46 U.S.C. 51103(b)(2)(C);
    b. Temporary use of MARAD vessels and assets for indoctrination, 
training, and assistance, subject to availability and approval by MARAD 
and the Department of Defense when applicable. For any CoE requests 
relating to temporary use of a MARAD Training Ship operated by a State 
Maritime Academy, the MARAD approval process will include consultation 
with that Academy;
    c. Availability of MARAD subject matter experts to address students 
when feasible; and
    d. Funding, to the extent such funds are properly appropriated and 
made available for this purpose.

Implementation and Administration

    MARAD will evaluate the applicant's supporting documentation and 
either approve or disapprove the request for designation. During the 
evaluation of the application and the supporting documentation, MARAD 
may request clarifications or additional information from the 
applicant. Upon approval, the Maritime Administrator or his/her 
designee will make a designation. MARAD will thereafter publish the 
CoE's name and contact information on its website. After issuance of 
the designation, MARAD may enter into a cooperative agreement with the 
CoE.

5. When and where should I submit my application for designation?

    a. MARAD will publish notifications in the Federal Register and on 
its website at the beginning of March each year seeking applications on 
or before June 1. This should provide applicants a minimum of 60 days 
to prepare and submit their applications.
    b. An eligible training entity seeking designation as a CoE may 
submit applications, including all supporting information and 
documents, by email to [email protected] or by mail addressed as 
follows: Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Deputy 
Associate Administrator for Maritime Education and Training, Attention: 
CoE Designation Program, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20590.

6. How will I know the outcome of my designation request application?

    MARAD will notify each applicant of the status of their designation 
request. During the evaluation period, MARAD may request clarification 
or additional information from the applicant.

7. Does my CoE designation expire?

    CoE designations are identified by year (e.g., X has been 
designated a Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce 
Training and Education for 2020). Successful applicants can apply each 
year for designation.

How To Apply for a CoE Designation

8. What should be included in my CoE designation application?

    Special Instructions: To assist MARAD in its review of your 
application and to ensure that your application is identified as 
complete, your institution should provide only concise and relevant 
information and supporting documentation to demonstrate your 
eligibility and compliance with the statutory designation criteria. To 
that end, MARAD encourages your institution to ensure that each 
responsive section and each page of any document or enclosure in your 
application clearly references the question number(s) and section(s) 
listed in this guidance and or the statute. See the below examples:
    Example 1. ``Mar Ex'' is eligible for the CoE program as a 
community college. (Q10, Section I(c)). Please find enclosed our 
Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Status, State supervision and 
validation document. (Q10, Section I(c)(1-3).
    Example 2. ``Mar Ex'' is enclosing the following supporting 
documents to demonstrate that our Maritime Training Center offers 
Afloat Track programs and that we are State accredited. (Q10, Section 
I(e)(2)): U.S. Department of Education Accrediting Agency XYZ 
accreditation (Q10, Section I(e)(2)(i).

Information To Include in Your Application

    Including the following information will greatly assist our review 
process:
    1. Letter applying for CoE designation from the Chief Executive of 
the applicant institution.
    2. Applicant contact information:

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    a. Legal name of applicant institution and address.
    b. Chief executive's name, position title, address, phone number(s) 
and email.
    c. Points of contact (POC) name(s), position titles, phone 
number(s), emails.
    3. Indicate if the applicant institution is claiming eligibility 
for the CoE program as a ``Community or Technical College'' or 
``Maritime Training Center'', and submit the following supporting 
information and documents:
    a. Charter, Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of 
Incorporation, or equivalent, if applicable.
    b. Certificate of Status (also known as Certificate of Existence or 
Certificate of Good Standing), a document issued by a State official 
(usually the Secretary of State), if applicable.
    c. State operation or State supervision validation documents, if 
applicable.
    d. Non-Profit certification, if applicable.
    e. Accreditation approval letter(s) from an accrediting 
agency(ies).
    f. Approval letter from a State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) in 
accordance with 29 CFR part 29, if applicable.
    g. Approval letter from the State's Department of Education or 
equivalent State agency, if applicable.
    h. Approval letter from the United States Coast Guard (USCG), if 
applicable.
    i. ISO 9001 or other quality management certification (Maritime 
Training Centers only), if applicable.
    j. Data and statistics to demonstrate institutional effectiveness. 
This should include, but not be limited to, recruitment data, past/
current enrollment (trends), attrition rates, student program 
completion data, post-program job and placement statistics (to the 
extent available to the institution), and program effectiveness 
feedback from students, faculty, alumni, and other stakeholders.
    4. Indicate that the applicant offers one or more Afloat Career 
preparation tracks and/or one or more Ashore Career preparation tracks 
in the United States Maritime Industry and submit the following 
supporting information:
    a. Program summary;
    b. A description of applicable courses offered (only relevant 
maritime related program-specific pages from the catalogue);
    c. If applicable, letters of authorization and/or endorsement of 
the course/program and/or course(s) by an applicable professional 
society or industry body (including, but not limited to Welding, 
Electrician, Electronics, Maritime Construction, Maritime Logistics, 
Maritime Systems, etc.) to issue industry accepted certifications that 
reflect a professionally recognized level of educational or technical 
skill achievement; and
    d. Any other relevant supporting documentation.
    Note: Applicant institutions offering both Ashore and Afloat Career 
tracks are encouraged to submit supporting information for both tracks.
    5. Applicant institutions offering Afloat Career and/or Ashore 
Career tracks should indicate that they have satisfied accreditation 
requirements, as set forth below:
    a. ``Community and Technical Colleges'' hold current accreditation 
of the institution from a Regional Accreditation Agency or a Nationally 
Recognized Agency on the list of Accrediting Agencies approved by the 
U.S. Department of Education.
    b. ``Maritime Training Centers'' hold current accreditation--
    i. either of the institution from a Regional Accreditation Agency 
or a Nationally Recognized; Agency on the list of Accrediting Agencies 
approved by the U.S. Department of Education; or
    ii. of the maritime training program offered by the institution 
from one or more of the following:
    A. A State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) in accordance with 29 CFR 
part 29,
    B. the State's Department of Education or equivalent State agency,
    C. the United States Coast Guard (USCG), if applicable; or
    D. other appropriate external review body which is specifically 
authorized to review and validate post-secondary education programs and 
is acceptable to MARAD.
    6. All applicant institutions may submit a brief narrative 
statement for one or more qualitative attributes fostered by the 
institution to accomplish the following:
    a. Support the workforce needs of the local, state, or regional 
economy;
    b. Build the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) 
competencies of local/future workforce to meet emerging local, 
regional, and national economic interests;
    c. Promote diversity and inclusion among the student body;
    d. Offer a broad-based curriculum and stackable credentials, where 
applicable;
    e. Engage and/or collaborate with the maritime industry, including, 
but not limited to employers, associations, and other industry 
organizations or partners;
    f. Engage and/or collaborate with employer-led maritime training 
practices and programs through Sector Partnerships as authorized in the 
2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Section 3(26);
    g. Engage and/or collaborate with local and regional maritime high 
schools with maritime, maritime related, Career Technical Education 
(CTE) or STEM programs;
    h. Engage and/or collaborate with maritime academies and other 
institutions or organizations for advanced proficiency and higher 
education; and
    i. Conduct other significant domestic maritime workforce 
development related activities.
    7. All applicant institutions may provide any relevant 
endorsements, awards, recognition and significant accomplishments in 
support of their application.
    Nothing in this policy requires MARAD to exercise its discretionary 
authority under 46 U.S.C. 54102. This policy establishes a voluntary 
program in which successful applicants may be designated as a Center of 
Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education 
(CoE).

Paperwork Reduction Act

    The information collection requirements in the final CoE 
designation policy have been approved under information collection 
number 2133-0549 by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq. In accordance 
with 5 CFR 1320.5(b)(2)(i), persons are not required to provide 
information to the Government unless the information collection 
displays a current and valid OMB control number. This application 
process is operating under the following current and valid OMB control 
number: 2133-0549.

(Authority: The National Defense Authorization Act of 2018, Pub. L. 
115-91 (December 12, 2017), 46 U.S.C. 54102, The Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended, 49 CFR 1.49)

    Dated: October 20, 2020.

    By Order of the Maritime Administrator.
T. Mitchell Hudson, Jr.,
Secretary, Maritime Administration.
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