CMTS Compendium of Federal Programs in the MTS

Compendium of Federal Programs in the Marine Transportation System

The compendium is to be a user-friendly document, organized in a manner that combines like programs, increases awareness of the diversity of Federal marine transportation programs, and provides points of contact for additional information and research.

Integrated Action Team Lead:

  • Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)
  • CMTS Executive Secretariat

Participating Agencies:

  • Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)

Purpose:

The Compendium of Federal Programs in the Marine Transportation System was developed to better inform the family of U.S. Marine Transportation System (MTS) agencies of each other’s MTS programs and responsibilities.

Value:

The Compendium of Federal Programs in the Marine Transportation System is the first-ever categorical matrix of programs and functions for the 35 Federal Departments, agencies, and bureaus engaged with the MTS. The Compendium includes a narrative and matrix, which are intended to provide useful foundational information for Federal and non-Federal stakeholders. It is also intended to enable CMTS partner agencies to identify opportunities for improved Federal MTS program coordination.

Form and Function:

The compendium matrix format is modeled after the comparison of Federal MTS functions, which appeared in the summer 2011 MTS issue of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Proceedings magazine, and it is organized around the four major Federal MTS interest areas that were identified in the Transportation Research Board 2004 study Marine Transportation System and the Federal Role. These interest areas are divided into 11 categories, which are further divided into the 75 functions/programs included in the Comprehensive Matrix.

Narrative:

The Compendium team has written a summary document to outline the requirements, purpose, use and potential application and actions of the compendium. This document is available as a narrative.

Download Narrative: A Compendium of Federal Programs in the MTS.


Educational Matrix of the Federal MTS

Educational Matrix

The Compendium of Federal Programs in the Marine Transportation System includes three versions of the matrix. The Educational Matrix, the most basic version of the matrix, retains the 4 interest areas and 11 categories but includes only the 11 overarching Federal Departments and independent agencies. This version is ideal for audiences who may be unfamiliar with the MTS and are seeking additional general background information regarding Federal Department oversight and engagement. It also includes some basic MTS facts and figures.

Download the Educational Matrix of the Federal Marine Transportation System.


Standard Matrix of the Federal MTS

Standard Matrix

The Standard Matrix add Federal Departments, agencies, and bureaus to the 4 interest areas and 11 categories. This version is designed for audiences who have some familiarity with the MTS but who seek a more intimate knowledge of specific agency roles, responsibilities, and programs.

In addition, the Standard Matrix has a companion document of descriptive sentences. For each “x” on the matrix, the appropriate Department, agency, or bureau has contributed descriptive sentences of its role in the MTS for that category. This provides an explanation of exactly how the Department, agency, or bureau is involved with the MTS and under what jurisdiction. To simply cross referencing, the sentences are color-coded to match the matrix.

Download the Standard Matrix of the Federal Marine Transportation System.
Download the Standard Matrix of Companion Descriptive Sentences.


Comprehensive Matrix of the Federal MTS

Comprehensive Matrix

The Comprehensive Matrix provides the most detailed information on all Departments, agencies, and bureaus, including all 4 interest areas, 11 categories, and 75 programs and functions. It is the largest and most comprehensive categorical matrix of MTS programs and functions of its kind.

Download the Comprehensive Matrix of the Federal Marine Transportation System.


Contacts

For questions and comments related to the CMTS Compendium of Federal MTS Programs, contact the CMTS in one of the ways listed on the Contact the CMTS page.

For questions specific to the mission or CMTS involvement of another Federal Department, agency, or bureau, refer to the Standard Matrix: Department and Agency Points of Contact

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.