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November 26, 2013

From the Desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe

NEW GAO SECURITY REPORT

The GAO to release its report, Maritime Security: DHS Could Benefit from Tracking Progress in Implementing the Small Vessel Security Strategy (open hyperlink at GAO-14-32 and click on “view report”). The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had previously released its new Small Vessel Security Strategy (SVSS) and SVSS Implementation Plan in April 2008 and January 2011, respectively. That strategy and implementation plan were developed to help guide actions to mitigate the security risks arising from small vessel, and GAO’s objective was to determine what actions DHS and its components have taken to address small vessel security concerns, and the extent to which they have implemented action items in the SVSS Implementation Plan. According to DHS officials and its strategy, the small vessel threat is one of the most urgent issues in maritime security. GAO found that DHS and its components have started or completed initiatives to address small vessel security risks. Some of these initiatives go back more than a decade, and include security measures that the components have implemented to protect vessels and infrastructure from small vessel attacks, including the escort of vessels and enforcement of security zones around certain vessels or infrastructure. More recently, DHS components developed initiatives to address small vessel security concerns that relate to the four goals of the SVSS—although many initiatives began prior to issuance of the SVSS Implementation Plan. Some of the key initiatives that DHS components identified include the following:

  • Focused Lens - a Coast Guard initiative intended to assist Coast Guard units in preventing small vessel attacks in their areas of operation by identifying and directing additional resources and efforts toward the most likely points of origin for a small vessel attack, such as marinas and boat ramps.
  • Small Vessel Reporting System -CBP’s voluntary, online program that enables small vessel operators to expedite the reporting of their foreign voyages to and planned arrivals in the United States and allows for CBP better track these small vessels arriving.
  • West Coast Maritime pilot- a DNDO pilot program that provided equipment and training to a variety of federal, state, local, and tribal agencies to enhance their ability to detect and interdict the smuggling of radiological and nuclear materials onboard small vessels.
  • Coastal Surveillance System – a system that S&T is developing that is to integrate information from publicly available data sources and sensors to improve (1) maritime domain awareness by tracking vessels in real time and (2) the interdiction of vessels involved in illegal or illicit activities by helping to identify anomalies or suspicious behavior.

GAO also found that although the SVSS Implementation Plan states that DHS is to assess and update the plan, DHS has not determined the progress its components and other relevant stakeholders—such as the Department of Defense—are making in completing the action items in the SVSS Implementation Plan and has no current plans to do so. DHS officials stated that updating the SVSS Implementation Plan would be valuable, and doing so is particularly important since more than one component could be responsible for action items in the plan.

GAO recommended that DHS systematically gather information from the department’s components and other relevant stakeholders to regularly update the progress they are making in addressing action items in the SVSS Implementation Plan. The agency concurred with the recommendation. The report contains an appendix with more details on the four DHS initiatives listed above. The back of the report contains a list (and hyperlinks) of related GAO reports.

For further information contact: Stephen L. Caldwell, Director, Maritime and Supply Chain Security Issues, Homeland Security and Justice Team, US Government Accountability Office

(202) 512-9610

LATEST CLASS OF CPE GRADUATES

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LASTEST CERTIFIED PORT EXECUTIVE PROGRAM GRADUATES, CLASS OF 2013, WHICH WAS HOSTED BY THE CANAVERAL PORT AUTHORITY AT THEIR MARITIME CENTER.

  • Jim Dubea, Deputy Executive Director, Government and Strategic Partnerships, Canaveral Port Authority , Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Shannon Feeley, Assistant Director, Cargo, Business Development, Canaveral Port Authority , Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Peggy Gandiaga, Director of Commission Affairs, Port of Palm Beach, FL
  • David German, Senior Harbormaster, Canaveral Port Authority , Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Mark Lorusso, Sr. Director, Information Systems, Canaveral Port Authority , Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Mark Warner, Assistant Director, Terminal Operations, Canaveral Port Authority, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Diana Mims-Reid, Controller, Canaveral Port Authority , Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Albert Jendroch, Assistant Director, Facilities, Maintenance and Landscaping, Canaveral Port Authority, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Karen Pappas, Director, Purchasing and Policies, Canaveral Port Authority , Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Rodger Rees, Deputy Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, Canaveral Port Authority , Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Bob Callahan, Vice President of Operations, Tampa Port Authority, Tampa, FL
  • Edilberto Moreno, Operations Manager, Buckeye Partner, Tampa, FL
  • Bo Etheridge, Shoreline Development, Biloxi, MS
    • Also pictured, Capt. Jeff Monroe, Seminar Leader

WISHING ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES AND THEIR FAMILIES IN THE U.S. A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY AND SAFE TRAVELS!

Capt. Jeffrey W. Monroe, MM, MTM, CPE
Senior Transportation and Maritime Consultant
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C: 207-615-7989
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