CMTS Action Teams

Research and Development Integrated Action Team

A coordinated R&D strategy will enable the Nation to address marine transportation infrastructure challenges efficiently, meet increasing freight demand, promote safety in and security of the MTS, and address the environmental impacts of the MTS.

Integrated Action Team Lead:

CMTS
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Participating Agencies:

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Transportation Safety Board
  • Oak Ridge National Lab (DOE)
  • Oceanographer of the Navy
  • Research and Innovative Technology Administration (DOT)
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (DOT)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • U.S. Maritime Administration (DOT)
  • The Volpe Center (DOT)

Purpose:

To enable a strategic capability to identify, develop, and implement innovative research and technology to address the pressing challenges identified in National Strategy for the Marine Transportation System: A Framework for Action.

The CMTS Strategic Action Plan for Research and Development in the MTS calls for a coordinated research framework aimed at leveraging and linking existing federal R&D programs to improve the MTS.

Value:

A coordinated R&D strategy will enable the Nation to address marine transportation infrastructure challenges efficiently, meet increasing freight demand, promote safety in and security of the MTS, and address the environmental impacts of the MTS.

Status and Timelines:

Completed: The Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences and the CMTS R&D IAT co-sponsored the second biennial R&D Conference—Diagnosing the Marine Transportation System: Measuring Performance and Targeting Improvement—June 26-28, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Click here to view 2012 Conference Proceedings

Completed: The R&D IAT completed a gap analysis and an inventory of federal research programs.

Completed: The R&D IAT developed an implementation plan to address the priority objectives outlined in the Strategic Action Plan.

Completed: The Strategic Action Plan for Research and Development in the Marine Transportation System was approved at the December 15, 2010, Coordinating Board meeting.

U.S. Arctic Marine Transportation Integrated Action Team

“In the past, the Arctic was largely inaccessible, but increased seasonal melting of the sea ice is opening the region and creating opportunities for oil and gas exploration, maritime shipping, commercial fishing and tourism. We are confronted by a new ocean for the first time in 500 years.”

Rear Admiral David Titley, U.S. Navy
Director of Climate Change Task Force

Integrated Action Team Leads:

CMTS
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Maritime Administration
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Participating Agencies:

  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Oceanographer of the Navy
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Maritime Administration
  • U.S. Transportation Command

Purpose:

The U.S. Arctic Marine Transportation Report to Congress will explore the implications of existing and expected increases in maritime traffic in the U.S. Arctic.

The U.S. Arctic Marine Transportation Report to Congress proposes a National Arctic MTS implementation plan, including a prioritization of recommended federal actions.

The policy recommendations are intended to ensure adequate maritime shipping safety, environmental protection and response, and national security capabilities in the U.S. Arctic.

Value:

Warming conditions and reduction in the extent of sea ice cover in the Arctic are creating new opportunities and challenges in the region.

Ensuring a safe and efficient U.S. MTS in the Arctic is essential to meeting the nation’s economic development and national security objectives.

Status and Timelines:

Completed: The Arctic IAT completed an inventory of Federal activities related to marine transportation in the U.S. Arctic region. From this inventory, a framework for a U.S. Arctic MTS was developed.

Completed: A gap analysis, which compares the U.S. Arctic MTS framework and its elements against current and planned Federal Arctic marine transportation activities, was completed.

Completed: A peer review of the draft report, leading to the development of issue papers for each of the 16 U.S. Arctic MTS elements, was completed.

Completed: Initial CMTS member agency review and comment of the draft report was completed in February 2013.

Completed: A 45-day public comment period on the draft report was completed on April 22, 2013. Two moderated conference calls with general stakeholders and Alaskan Tribes were held during the public comment period.

Completed: A second CMTS interagency review was completed to develop a final draft U.S. Arctic Marine Transportation Report for consideration by the CMTS Coordinating Board in June, 2013.

Approved and Submitted: The Coordinating Board approved the CMTS report “U.S. Arctic Marine Transportation System: Overview and Priorities for Action” at its June 19, 2013, meeting and submitted the report to CMTS Chair and Transportation Secretary Foxx for his approval.

Approved and Submitted: CMTS Chair and Transportation Secretary Foxx approved the CMTS U.S. Arctic MTS report and on July 30, 2013, transmitted the report to President Obama for his consideration.

Future of Navigation Integrated Action Team

Using modern technology to support a safer, more efficient, more secure and environmentally sound Marine Transportation System

Integrated Action Team Leads:

CMTS
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Coast Guard

Participating Agencies:

  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Transportation Safety Board
  • Oceanographer of the Navy
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Coast Guard

Purpose:

The purpose of the Future of Navigation IAT is to develop and carry out a work plan for interagency policy coordination and program development and delivery to enhance future navigation within the U.S. Marine Transportation System. The work of this IAT includes the implementation of the Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) e-Navigation Strategic Action Plan. e-Navigation is a critical component of the Marine Transportation System (MTS) infrastructure and is essential to enhancing MTS safety, efficiency, reliability, security, and environmental soundness. The scope of the Future of Navigation IAT is broader than e-Navigation and may include issues such as aids to navigation, navigation safety regulations, advanced Marine Safety Information services (eMSI), and other emerging technologies. Although not a standards body, the IAT may liaise with outside entities regarding standards applicable to its work.

The CMTS Future of Navigation IAT will facilitate the coordinated and integrated collection, processing, and dissemination of navigation data and information to provide services to stakeholders, eliminate duplication, and enhance the safety, reliability, and efficiency of our waterways and ports.

Value:

This effort will make the U.S. MTS safer, more secure, more reliable, more efficient, and more integrated.

National Online Dialog on e-Navigation:

Thank you to everyone who participated in the National Online Dialogue on e-Navigation. The information collected from this dialogue provided CMTS with input from partners and stakeholders regarding the future direction of e-Navigation in the United States. The IAT reviewed the comments and presented the results of this outreach effort to the CMTS Coordinating Board. The results from this Online Dialog continue to be used to inform the CMTS Future of Navigation IAT’s work plan.

View the e-Nav Online Dialog Ideas and Comments

View the e-Nav IAT Online Dialog Report

View the e-Nav IAT e-Nav Online Dialog Presentation

CMTS

Status and Timelines:

March 21, 2014: The CMTS Coordinating Board approved a name change from the e-Navigation Integrated Action Team to the Future of Navigation Integrated Action Team.

April 4, 2013: The e-Navigation IAT reported the results from the Online Dialog on the Future of e-Navigation in the United States to the CMTS Coordinating Board and published the proceedings on the CMTS website.

January 14–March 15, 2013: The e-Navigation IAT conducted a two-month Online Dialog on the Future of e-Navigation in the United States.

November 6-7, 2012: The e-Navigation IAT participated in the e-Navigation 2012 Conference, Seattle, WA.

June 12, 2012: The e-Navigation IAT Implementation Plan and Work Plan were approved by the CMTS Coordinating Board.

March 13, 2012: The e-Navigation IAT and Terms of Reference were approved by the CMTS Coordinating Board.

February 28, 2012: The final e-Navigation Strategic Action Plan was published.

November 21, 2011: The e-Navigation Strategic Action Plan was transmitted to the OMB for policy review.

July 13, 2011: The e-Navigation Strategic Action Plan was approved by the CMTS Coordinating Board.

Infrastructure Investment Integrated Action Team

"Nearly 80 percent of the volume of international trade passes through our nation’s ports. Maintaining these ports, and making targeted investments in their improvement where appropriate, can lower shipping costs for U.S exports and imports."

— White House Task Force on Ports

Integrated Action Team Leads:

CMTS
  • U.S. Department of Transportation–Office of the Secretary
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Participating Agencies:

  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Maritime Administration
  • Federal Highways Administration
  • National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
  • U.S. Treasury Department
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Office of Management and Budget
  • U.S. Transportation Command
  • International Trade Administration
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Federal Railroad Administration

Purpose:

The Infrastructure Investment Integrated Action Team (IAT) was established to facilitate the development of broad evaluation and decision criteria that can be used across Government programs for informing Federal infrastructure investment.

The IAT is also used by the White House Task Force on Ports to provide interagency expertise and perspectives for Federal Infrastructure Investment strategy.

Value:

Decision tools for infrastructure investment will be used by decision-makers to better align Federal infrastructure investment across agencies, enabling a safer, more efficient, and resilient marine transportation system for the movement of our Nation’s people and goods. The IAT will develop products that assist local and state partners in infrastructure planning and investment.

Status and Timelines:

April 4, 2013: The Coordinating Board accepted the final “Handbook of Federal Funding Sources for Infrastructure Investment.”

December 2012: The IAT delivered a complete Transportation Funding Map of Federal Intermodal Infrastructure Investment to the Coordinating Board.

Summer 2012: The IAT provided technical expertise to the White House Task Force on Ports Working Group.

June 21, 2012: The U.S. Department of Treasury delivered a comprehensive review of MTS-related benefit techniques.

June 12, 2012: The Coordinating Board approved the IAT’s Terms of Reference and Work Plan.

May 30, 2012: The IAT delivered the MTS-related literature search to the White House Task Force on Ports.

March 13, 2012: The Coordinating Board stood up the IAT.

Future Plans:

October 2013: The IAT will present a draft framework of cross-modal investment decision criteria.

December 2013: The IAT will present the draft Assessment of Needs, as required in the December 2012 CMTS Authorization.

The CMTS is a Federal interagency coordinating committee directed by Congress and charter to improve the coordination of and make recommendations with regard to Federal policies that impact the MTS.