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Maritime Administration

The Maritime Administration was

The Administration conducts program established by Reorganization Plan No. and technical studies and administers a 21 of 1950 (5 U.S.C. app.), effective War Risk Insurance Program that insures May 24, 1950. The Maritime Act of operators and seamen against losses 1981 (46 U.S.C. 1601) transferred the caused by hostile action if domestic Maritime Administration to the

commercial insurance is not available. Department of Transportation, effective

Under emergency conditions the August 6, 1981.

Maritime Administration charters The Maritime Administration administers programs to aid in the

Government-owned ships to U.S. development, promotion, and operation

operators, requisitions or procures ships of the U.S. merchant marine. It is also

owned by U.S. citizens, and allocates charged with organizing and directing

them to meet defense needs. emergency merchant ship operations. It maintains a National Defense The Maritime Administration

Reserve Fleet of Government-owned administers subsidy programs, through ships that it operates through ship the Maritime Subsidy Board, under managers and general agents when which the Federal Government, subject required in national defense interests. An to statutory limitations, pays the

element of this activity is the Ready difference between certain costs of Reserve Force consisting of a number of operating ships under the U.S. flag and ships available for quick-response foreign competitive flags on essential

activation. services, and the difference between the

It regulates sales to aliens and transfers costs of constructing ships in U.S. and foreign shipyards. It provides financing

to foreign registry of ships that are fully

or partially owned by U.S. citizens. It guarantees for the construction, reconstruction, and reconditioning of

also disposes of Government-owned

ships found nonessential for national ships; and enters into capital

defense. construction fund agreements that grant tax deferrals on moneys to be used for

The Administration operates the U.S. the acquisition, construction, or

Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, reconstruction of ships.

NY, where young people are trained to The Administration constructs or become merchant marine officers, and supervises the construction of merchant conducts training in shipboard type ships for the Federal Government. It firefighting at Earle, NJ, and Toledo, OH. helps industry generate increased

It also administers a Federal assistance business for U.S. ships and conducts program for the maritime academies programs to develop ports, facilities, and operated by California, Maine, intermodal transport, and to promote Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, and domestic shipping.

Field Organization-Maritime Administration

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For further information, contact the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street sw., Washington, DC 20590. Phone, 202-366-5807.

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation was established by act of May 13, 1954 (33 U.S.C. 981-990), as an operating administration of the Department of Transportation.

The Corporation, a wholly Government-owned enterprise, is responsible for the development, operation, and maintenance of that part of the St. Lawrence Seaway between the port of Montreal and Lake Erie, within the territorial limits of the United States.

It is the function of the Seaway Corporation to provide a safe, efficient, and effective water artery for maritime commerce, both in peacetime and in time of national emergency. Effective October 1, 1994, the collection of U.S. tolls for transit of Seaway facilities was

waived. However, in accordance with existing binational memoranda of agreement, the Seaway Corporation negotiates Canadian toll rates for users of the Seaway System with the Saint Lawrence Seaway Authority of Canada. The Corporation coordinates its activities with its Canadian counterpart, particularly with respect to overall operations, traffic control, navigation aids, safety, navigation dates, and related programs designed to fully develop the Seaway System. The Corporation encourages the development of traffic through the Great Lakes/Saint Lawrence Seaway system so as to contribute significantly to the comprehensive economic and environmental development of the entire region.

For further information, contact the Director of Communications, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590. Phone, 202366 0091.

Research and Special Programs Administration

The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) was established formally on September 23, 1977. It is responsible for hazardous materials transportation and pipeline safety, transportation emergency preparedness, safety training, and multimodal transportation research and development activities.

Office of Hazardous Materials Safety 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590. Phone, 202-366-0656 The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety develops and issues regulations for the safe transportation of hazardous materials by all modes, excluding bulk transportation by water. The regulations cover shipper and carrier operations, packaging and container specifications, and hazardous materials definitions. The Office is also responsible for the

enforcement of regulations other than those applicable to a single mode of transportation. The Office manages a user-fee funded grant program to assist States in planning for hazardous materials emergencies and to assist States and Indian tribes with training for hazardous materials emergencies. Additionally, the Office executes a national safety program to safeguard food and certain other products from contamination during motor or rail transportation. A computer bulletin board, in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, offers nationwide access to topics related to hazardous materials transportation safety and can be accessed by dialing 1-800PLANFOR (752-6367). The Office is the national focal point for coordination and control of the Department's multimodal hazardous materials regulatory program, ensuring uniformity of approach and action by all modal administrations.

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EASTERN Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Suite 306, 820 Bear Tavern Rd., W. Colleen Abbenhaus

Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Trenton, NJ 08628
Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina,
Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Caro

lina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia
CENTRAL—Illinois, Indiana, lowa, Kansas, Kentucky. Suite 136, 2350 E. Devon Ave., Des Kevin Boehne

Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Plaines, IL 60018

Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
WESTERN—Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Suite 230, 3200 Inland Empire Blvd., Anthony Smialek

Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Ontario, CA 91764

SOUTHWESTERN_Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mis- Suite 2118, 2320 LaBranch St., Hous- Jesse Hughes

sissippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas ton, TX 77004

Office of Pipeline Safety

regulatory jurisdiction over all or some 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC

intrastate pipeline facilities. The Federal 20590. Phone, 202-366-4595

Government is authorized to pay a State

agency grant-in-aid funds of up to 50 The Office of Pipeline Safety establishes

percent of the actual cost for carrying and provides for compliance with

out its pipeline safety program. The standards that assure public safety and

Office under the Oil Pollution Act of environmental protection in the

1990 established regulations requiring transportation of gas and hazardous liquids by pipeline. The Office

petroleum pipeline operators to prepare administers a program whereby a State and submit plans to respond to oil spills agency can voluntarily assert safety for Federal review and approval.

Regional Offices Office of Pipeline Safety

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CENTRAL-Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Min Suite 1120, 1100 Maine St., Kansas Ivan Huntoon

nesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South City, MO 64105

Dakota, Wisconsin
EASTERN Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Rm. 2108, 400 7th St. SW., Washing William Gute

Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New ton, DC 20590
Jersey. Now York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Ver.

mont, Virginia, West Virginia
SOUTHERN—Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Ken- Suite 446 N., 1720 Peachtree Ad. NW., Frederick Joyner

tucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Atlanta, GA 30309

Carolina, Tennessee SOUTHWEST-Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico, Okla Suite 2118, 2320 LaBranch St., Hous- James Thomas homa, Texas

ton, TX 77004 WESTERN-Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Suite 230, 12600 W. Colfax Ave., Lake Edward Ondak

Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming wood, CO 80215

Office of Research, Technology, and Office of University Research and Analysis

Education 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590. Phone, 202-3664434

20590. Phone, 202-366-5442 The Office of Research, Technology, and The Office of University Research and Analysis serves as the principal adviser Education acts as principal adviser to to the Administrator of RSPA on all RSPA and the Department on university research, technology, and analysis research and education activities; program activities as they relate to

provides a point of contact with the RSPA's mission, programs, objectives, academic community; stimulates broadand scientific and technological activities based university involvement with within RSPA. The Office oversees and intermodal transportation problems and directs the activities of the Transportation issues; and manages a national grant Safety Institute (TSI).

program to establish and operate

university transportation centers and university research institutes.

preparedness. It is the primary element of the Department engaged in the development, coordination, and review of policies, plans, and programs for attaining and maintaining a high state of Federal transportation emergency preparedness. This Office oversees the effective discharge of the Secretary's responsibilities in all emergencies affecting the national defense and in national or regional emergencies, including those caused by natural disasters and other crisis situations.

Office of Research Policy and Technology Transfer 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590. Phone, 202–366 4208 The Office of Research Policy and Technology Transfer oversees the Department's entire research and development programs, and those technical assistance and technology sharing activities which bring the results of research and development to its users and establishes needs for future research. This responsibility includes coordination and oversight of the Department's technology transfer activities under the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, as amended (15 U.S.C. 3701 et seq.), relating to the transfer of federally funded technology to the marketplace.

Volpe National Transportation
Systems Center
Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02142.
Phone, 617-494-2224

Transportation Safety Institute Department of Transportation, 6500 South McArthur Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. Phone, 405-954–3153 The Institute was established in 1971 by the Secretary of Transportation to support the Department's efforts to reduce the number and cost of transportation accidents by promoting safety and security management through education. The Institute is a primary source of transportation safety and security training and technical assistance on domestic and international levels for Department of Transportation elements, as well as other Federal, State, and local government agencies.

The Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center), as part of RSPA, provides research, analysis, and systems capability to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and other agencies requiring expertise in national transportation and logistics programs.

Integrated systems approaches are developed by Volpe Center to address Federal transportation issues of national importance. It does not appear as a line item in the Federal budget, but is funded directly by its sponsors. Volpe Center projects are therefore responsive to customer needs. The Center has come to be increasingly recognized by government, industry, and academia as a focal point for the assimilation, generation, and interchange of knowledge and understanding concerning national and international transportation and logistics systems. The Volpe Center is widely valued as a vital national resource for solving complex transportation and logistics problems.

Based on shifting national priorities and availability of its resources, Volpe Center programmatic activities for DOT and other agencies vary from year to year.

Volpe Center programs emphasize policy support and analysis, costeffective Government procurement, environmental protection and remediation, transportation safety and

Office of Emergency Transportation 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590. Phone, 202-366-5270 The Office of Emergency Transportation provides the staff to administer and execute the Secretary of Transportation's statutory and administrative responsibilities in the area of transportation civil emergency

security, and infrastructure modernization.

For further information, contact the Office of Program and Policy Support, Research and Special Programs Administration, Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590. Phone, 202-366-4831.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) was organized pursuant to section 6006 of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) (49 U.S.C. 111), and was formally established by the Secretary of Transportation on December 16, 1992. The Bureau has an intermodal transportation focus whose missions are to compile, analyze, and make accessible information on the Nation's transportation systems; to collect information on intermodal transportation and other areas; and to enhance the quality and effectiveness of DOT statistical programs through research, the development of guidelines, and the promotion of improvements in data acquisition and use.

The Bureau is mandated by ISTEA to:

-compile, analyze, and publish statistics;

--develop a long-term data collection program;

-develop guidelines to improve the credibility and effectiveness of the Department's statistics;

----represent transportation interests in the statistical community;

-make statistics accessible and understandable; and

-identify data needs.

The Bureau acquired the Office of Airline Information (OAI) pursuant to DOT 1100.70 Chg. 1 and 60 FR 30195, in June of 1995. The Office collects air carrier financial and traffic data (passenger and freight) pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 329 and 41708. This information provides uniform and comprehensive economic and market data on individual airline operations.

The Bureau is also responsible for collecting motor carrier financial data pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 14123 (Public Law 104-88). This function was transferred to BTS, effective January 1, 1996, after the termination of the Interstate Commerce Commission.

For further information, call 202-366-DATA. Fax, 202-366-3640. Fax-on-demand, 800-671-8012. Internet, http://www.bts.gov/. E-mail, info@bts.gov. Gopher, gopher.bts.gov. Electronic bulletin board, 800-3634BTS.

Sources of Information

Inquiries for information on the following subjects should be directed to the specified office, Department of Transportation, Washington, DC 20590, or to the address indicated. Coast Guard Career and Training Opportunities Inquiries for information on the U.S. Coast Guard Academy should be directed to the Director of Admissions, U.S. Coast Guard Academy,

New London, CT 06320. Phone, 203444-8444.

Information on the enlistment program and the Officer Candidate School may be obtained from the local recruiting offices or the Commandant (G-PRI), U.S. Coast Guard, Washington, DC 20593. Phone, 202-267-1726.

Persons interested in joining the Coast Guard Auxiliary may obtain information from the Commandant (G-NAB), U.S.

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