CMTS Integrated Action Teams

Maritime Data Integrated Action Team

Integrated Action Team Leads:

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Maritime Administration

Participating Agencies:

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
  • U.S. Department of Transportation - Office of the Secretary
  • Department of Transportation Statistics
  • U.S. Maritime Administration
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Navy
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Department of Energy

Purpose:

The purpose of the Maritime Data IAT is to serve as the CMTS’s body of experts in regard to the discovery, access, and sharing capacity of data related to the operation and governance of the MTS. The work of the Maritime Data IAT includes facilitating the identification, archiving, linking, and integration of authoritative data from agencies with equities in maritime data. Access to interoperable and shareable authoritative data will assist CMTS member agencies in making timely and well-informed decisions that enhance the capabilities of the MTS as well as fulfill strategic analysis and reporting requirements.

Value:

Efforts by the Maritime Data IAT will benefit the Nation by (1) improving maritime data discoverability and access through common standards, (2) enhancing informed decision-making through access to authoritative data, and (3) optimizing CMTS member mission effectiveness through shared services and interoperability.

Status and Timelines:

July 2015: Team leads are reviewing the draft work plan.

June 2015: The Coordinating Board approved the CMTS Maritime Data IAT Terms of Reference and directed the IAT to create a work plan.

March 2015: The CMTS Coordinating Board voted to reinstate the Maritime Data IAT.

Resilience Integrated Action Team

“The Nation’s critical infrastructure provides the essential services that underpin American society. Proactive and coordinated efforts are necessary to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure—including assets, networks, and systems—that are vital to public confidence and the Nation’s safety, prosperity, and well-being.”

Presidential Policy Directive 21: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

Integrated Action Team Lead:

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

Participating Agencies:

  • Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • International Trade Administration
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Oceanographer of the Navy
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Interior
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Maritime Administration (DOT)
  • U.S. Transportation Command

Purpose:

The mission of the Resilience IAT is to foster interagency exchange and co-production to incorporate the concepts of resilience into the operation and management of the U.S. Marine Transportation System. For the purposes of this team, resilience is defined as the ability to prepare and plan for, resist, recover from, and more successfully adapt to the impacts of adverse events.

Value:

The Resilience IAT will seek to affect future resilience policy and aid in delivering enhanced resilience programs through identifying, coordinating, and leveraging complementary Federal investments and activities related to MTS resilience.

Status and Timelines:

June 2015: The draft work plan was reviewed by the IAT, and co-leads met to further flesh out the IAT’s priorities.

June 2015: The Resilience IAT completed the “Quantification of Integrated Watershed System Resilience: A Tiered Method” fact sheet (click here), which is intended to provide decision makers with guidance and resilient alternatives for planning, feasibility studies, O&M, and engineering design.

March 2015: The Coordinating Board approved the Resilience IAT Terms of Reference.

September 2014: The CMTS Coordinating Board approved the establishment of the MTS Resilience Integrated Action Team.

Agency Resilience Work:

Research and Development Integrated Action Team

Integrated Action Team Lead:

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Participating Agencies:

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Highway Administration (DOT)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (DOT)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
  • U.S. Maritime Administration (DOT)
  • The Volpe Center (DOT)

Purpose:

The R&D IAT provides a strategic capability to identify and implement innovative research and develop new products in response to the pressing challenges identified by the US Committee on the Marine Transportation System and its National Strategy for the Marine Transportation System: A Framework for Action (July 2008). The R&D IAT serves a crosscutting function among all of the CMTS IATs. In January 2011, the R&D IAT issued the CMTS Strategic Action Plan for Research and Development in the MTS, which 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:

Assigned: The IAT is updating the CMTS Strategic Action Plan for Research and Development in the MTS (2011) to reflect the discussion by keynote speakers, panels, technical breakout sessions, and participants at the June 2016 TRB-CMTS Biennial R&D Conference.

Ongoing: The R&D IAT continues work on developing performance indicators for the MTS.

Ongoing: The R&D IAT provides ongoing support to the Resilience IAT in the development of its quantitative resilience metrics. The R&D IAT briefed the Resilience IAT in August 2015.

Completed Projects

Completed: An in-depth technical report on Marine Transportation System Performance Measures Research, including historical context and a discussion of how the first generation performance measures describe the MTS as an integrated system and fit into a larger freight flow plan, was published in June 2016 by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC).

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Completed: The IAT co-hosted the June 2016 CMTS-TRB Conference From Sail to Satellite: Delivering Solutions for Tomorrow’s MTS, which included over 80 technical presentations that covered a wide range of topics critical to the operation of the MTS; 3 panel sessions with noted academic, industry, and government panelists, discussing the future of the MTS; and 3 keynote speakers providing a vision for the MTS. New topics not traditionally seen as “maritime” (for example, big data) were addressed. CMTS Coordinating Board Chair VADM Brown opened the conference, and US Transportation Command Commander General McDew gave the keynote speech. There was also special coordination with the PIANC USA Young Professional group to include tours of the working waterfronts of Washington, DC and Baltimore.

Completed: The R&D IAT launched the MTS performance measures website in August 2015. Updates are ongoing. Performance measures research is part of an effort to develop an integrated freight network model that will allow for MTS analysis in the context of national supply chains and international freight flows.

Completed: The Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences and the CMTS R&D IAT co-sponsored the third biennial R&D Conference—Innovative Technologies for a Resilient Marine Transportation System – June 24-26, 2014, in Washington, DC. Click here to view 2014 Conference Proceedings

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 Building from the recommendations of the 2012 joint conference with TRB on performance indicators, preliminary indicators with available data have been identified and released as part of an executive summary document, “Marine Transportation System Performance Measures.”

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

Resources and Reports:

CMTS Marine Transportation System Performance Measures (2015) Executive Summary

Marine Transportation System Performance Measures Research (2016)

Performance Measures Website

Press Release: MTS Performance Framework (2012)

CMTS Strategic Action Plan for Research and Development in the MTS (2011)

TRB-CMTS Biennial Conference: 2016 Conference, 2014 Proceedings, 2012 Proceedings

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

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The U.S. geographic area in the Arctic consists of all U.S. territory north of the Arctic Circle and all U.S. 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, Chukchi Seas and the Aleutian Island chain, as defined in § 112 of the Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984 (ARPA).

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Purpose:

The CMTS, through the work of the IAT, has responded to the call of Congress and the White House to coordinate domestic transportation policies and determine what is needed to improve the U.S. Arctic MTS. Through its recommendations and member agency actions, maritime transportation in the U.S. Arctic will be better managed and made more safe and secure, resulting in more efficient transits, greater protection of Arctic coastal and ocean resources, maintenance of subsistence uses by native communities, and less risk to loss of cargo and life.

Value:

Warming conditions and reduction in the extent of sea ice cover in the Arctic are creating new opportunities and challenges in the U.S. Arctic region with respect to marine transportation. Ensuring a safe and efficient U.S. MTS in the Arctic is essential to meeting the nation’s environmental, economic development and national security objectives.

Integrated Action Team Leads:

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

Participating Agencies:

  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
  • Environmental Protection Administration
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Oceanographer of the Navy
  • National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office
  • Office of Science and Technology
  • Office of the Secretary of Transportation
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Maritime Administration
  • U.S. Transportation Command

Status and Timelines for a 10-Year Prioritization Framework:

Accomplished: The second milestone of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region (NSAR) Implementation Plan was completed in May 2016.

Completed: The Ten-Year Prioritization of Infrastructure Needs in the U.S. Arctic report completed an assigned action under the National Strategy for the Arctic Region (NSAR) Implementation Plan. This report presents a framework to address Arctic infrastructure gaps. It identifies critical requirements for a safe and secure U.S. Arctic Marine Transportation System (MTS) to be implemented over the next decade. This report was signed by the Secretary of Transportation and transmitted to the White House in May 2016.

Assigned: Develop by January 2016 recommendations for pursuing Federal public-private partnerships (P3) in support of the needs assessment and prioritized activities. The Arctic IAT will draw on P3 work developed by the MTS Infrastructure Investment IAT, including the compendium of Federal P3 authorities. This report has been framed.

Status and Timelines for U.S. Arctic Ten-Year Vessel Projection Report to the National Security Council:

This report provides estimates on vessel traffic in the U.S. Arctic (numbers of vessels and transits) based on modeling of current baseline traffic data and growth potential as defined by various progression scenarios. It is the first step toward developing a framework to guide Federal activities related to the construction, maintenance, and improvement of ports and other infrastructure needed to preserve the mobility and safe navigation of U.S. military and civilian vessels throughout the Arctic region.

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Assigned: CMTS was directed by Transportation Secretary and CMTS Chair Anthony Foxx to lead the development of the progression of vessel activity in the U.S. Arctic.

Conducted: A webinar was sponsored by the CMTS for Arctic interests to obtain views on progression scenarios.

Accomplished: The first milestone of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region (NSAR) Implementation Plan was completed on January 1, 2015.

Completed: Submitted to the National Security Council on January 16, 2015, the 10-year Projection Study of Maritime Activity in the U.S. Arctic completed an assigned action under the National Strategy for the Arctic Region (NSAR) Implementation Plan. This report provides estimates on vessel traffic in the U.S. Arctic (numbers of vessels and transits) based on modeling of current baseline traffic data and growth potential as defined by various progression scenarios. It is the first step toward developing a framework to guide Federal activities related to the construction, maintenance, and improvement of ports and other infrastructure needed to preserve the mobility and safe navigation of U.S. military and civilian vessels throughout the U.S. Arctic region.

Status and Timelines for Report to the President, “U.S. Arctic Marine Transportation System: Overview and Priorities for Action 2013”:

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: 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.

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

Reports and Resources:

CMTS A Ten-Year Prioritization of Infrastructure Needs in the U.S. Arctic (2016): Executive Summary and Full Report

CMTS Ten-year Projection Study of Maritime Activity in the US Arctic (2015): Executive Summary and Full Report

CMTS Webinar on Federal Arctic MTS Activities: Polar Code Brief and Presentation of 10-year Projection of Maritime Activity in the Arctic

CMTS Arctic MTS Report (2013): Narrative and Full Report

National Strategy for the Arctic Region (2013)

White House Arctic Region Policy (2009): Directive

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:

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  • 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

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Status and Timelines:

March 2015: The Enhanced Marine Safety Information (eMSI) Task Team of the CMTS Future of Navigation IAT provided a “proof of concept” demonstration of an integrated eMSI Bulletin to the CMTS Coordinating Board. This project makes available authoritative data sets from various Federal agencies to provide updated eMSI within a user-designated area.

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

"If we want to grow our economy and remain a world power capable of defending ourselves and our allies, we must work together to strengthen and preserve our maritime industry.”

—Chairman Duncan Hunter House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, May 2013

Integrated Action Team Leads:

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

Participating Agencies:

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Highways Administration
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • International Trade Administration
  • National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Maritime Intelligence–Integration Office
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • U.S. Maritime Administration
  • U.S. Transportation Command

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 team also focuses on developing tools that are value-added for practitioners at the local and non-Federal level as well as the Federal stakeholders.

Value: CMTS

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.

Status and Timelines:

August 2015: The IAT completed a compendium of the many White House initiatives that have a direct impact on the marine transportation system.

June 2015: The IAT completed a Compendium of the legal authorities for use of public-private partnerships (P3) across the Federal Government for the purposes of infrastructure investment. This compendium was presented to the Coordinating Board for review and comment at the June 2015 meeting.

June 2015: The IAT completed the revision of the “Federal Funding Handbook for Marine Transportation System Infrastructure.”

June 2015: The IAT scoped the development of a P3 “Tool Kit for Alternative Finance” for Federal partners; it will be implemented as funding allows.

January 2015: The IAT initiated, executed, and documented the CMTS-Cotton Club Roundtable discussion on P3’s. The Cotton Club is a chartered organization comprised of the trade and transportation attachés to many of the Western European Embassies in Washington, DC, as well as Japan, Singapore and Australia. Proceedings were presented to the Coordinating Board in June 2015.

October 2013: The IAT presented the beta-test framework of cross-modal investment decision criteria.

April 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. This interactive map is updated biennially.

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

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

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

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

March 2012: The IAT was approved by the Coordinating Board.

Future Plans:

Summer 2016: Implementation of a “Tool Kit for Alternative Finance,” as funding allows.

Ongoing: Continue to provide support and technical expertise for various White House initiatives, including the Build America Infrastructure Investment Center and the Quadrennial Energy Review.

Resources and Reports:

CMTS: Federal Funding Handbook for Marine Transportation System Infrastructure (2015)

CMTS: Transportation Infrastructure Funding Map

CMTS: Compendium of Public-Private Partnership (P3) Authorities for Infrastructure Investments (2015)

CMTS: Cotton Club Private-Public Partnership Roundtable Proceedings (2015)

Department of Treasury: Expanding the Market for Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships (2015)

Summary of MTS Funding from ARRA (2010)

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.