[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 224 (Wednesday, November 24, 2021)]
[Pages 67070-67071]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-25610]



Coast Guard

[Docket No. USCG-2021-0845]

Area Maritime Security Advisory Committee (AMSC) for San Diego, 

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Solicitation for membership.


SUMMARY: This notice requests individuals interested in serving on the 
San Diego Area Maritime Security Advisory Committee (AMSC) submit their 
applications for membership to the Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector 
San Diego. The Committee assists the Federal Maritime Security 
Coordinator (FMSC) in developing, reviewing, and updating the Area 
Maritime Security Plan for their area of responsibility.

DATES: Requests for membership should reach the U.S. Coast Guard COTP 
Sector San Diego by December 31st, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Applications for membership should be submitted to the 
Captain of the Port at the following address: Commander, Sector San 
Diego Attn: Mr. Kris Szczechowicz, San Diego AMSC Executive Secretary, 
2710 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about submitting an 
application or about the AMSC in general, contact Mr. Kris 
Szczechowicz, San Diego AMSC Executive Secretary, Phone: (619) 278-



    Section 102 of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 
2002 (Pub. L. 107-295) added section 70112 to Title 46 of the U.S. 
Code, and authorized the Secretary of the Department in which the Coast 
Guard is operating to establish Area Maritime Security Advisory 
Committees for any port area of the United States. (See 46 U.S.C. 
70116; 46 U.S.C. 70112; 33 CFR 1.05-1, 6.01; Department of Homeland 
Security Delegation No. 0170.1). The MTSA includes a provision 
exempting these AMSCs from the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 
Public Law 92-436, 86 Stat. 470 (5 U.S.C. app.2).

San Diego AMSC Mission

    The AMSCs assists the Federal Maritime Security Coordinator in the 
development, review, update, and exercising of the AMS Plan for their 
area of responsibility. Such matters include, but are not limited to: 
Identifying critical port infrastructure and operations; Identifying 
risks (threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences); Determining 
mitigation strategies and implementation methods; Developing strategies 
to facilitate the recovery of the MTS after a Transportation Security 
Incident; Developing and describing the process to continually evaluate 
overall port security by considering consequences and vulnerabilities, 
how they may change over time, and what additional mitigation 
strategies can be applied; and Providing advice to, and assisting the 
Federal Maritime Security Coordinator in developing and maintaining the 
Area Maritime Security Plan.
    The San Diego Area Maritime Security Committee was chartered by the 
Commander, Sector San Diego to study and consider issues related to 
security in the Port of San Diego, in addition to reviewing the 
proposed Area Maritime Security Plan and serve as a link to 
communicating threats to waterway users in the Port of San Diego and 
Southern California, and identifying and quantifying those threats. It 
serves to protect the Port of San Diego through improved security 
procedures and communication and as a forum to coordinate security 
procedures to decrease the vulnerability of resources in the Port of 
San Diego. It serves as an interface between regulators and industry, 
and will assist governmental agencies to implement policies and 
procedures to improve security in the Port of San Diego. Details 
regarding the specific objectives of the San Diego Maritime Security 
Committee can be found in the charter.

AMSC Composition

    The composition of an AMSC, to include the San Diego AMSC, is 
prescribed under 33 CFR 103.305. Pursuant to that regulation, members 
may be selected from the Federal, Territorial, or Tribal government; 
the State government and political subdivision of the State; local 
public safety, crisis management, and emergency response agencies; law 
enforcement and security organizations; maritime industry, including 
labor; other port stakeholders having a special competence in maritime 
security; and port stakeholders affected by security practices and 
policies. Members of the AMSC should have at least five years of 
experience related to maritime or port security operations.

AMSC Membership

    The San Diego AMSC has fourteen member positions. Members of the 
AMSC should have at least five years of experience related to maritime 
or port security operations. We are seeking to fill the following five 
vacancies with this solicitation:
    Vice-Chairperson: The Vice Chairperson will act as Chairperson in 
the absence or incapacity of the Chairperson, or in the event of a 
vacancy in the office of the Chairperson. The ideal candidate for this 
position will have more than ten years of experience in security and/or 
emergency operations management with a significant amount of time spent 
working in the Port of San Diego or similar operational environments.
    Chair and Co-Chairperson (Training and Exercise Subcommittee): This 
subcommittee assists in the management of the Area Maritime Security 
Training and Exercise Program requirements. This sub-committee 
coordinates and promotes training and exercise related activities in 
support of the San Diego AMSC, and will serve as a forum for the 
sharing of training and exercise related information with Port of San 
Diego stakeholders. This sub-committee provides vetting for the 
development, revision, and approval of revisions of the San Diego Area 
Maritime Security Plan. The ideal candidates for these positions will 
have experience in emergency management planning, exercise planning, 
and filled a role as a training officer for a maritime company or 
agency working in the Port of San Diego or similar operating 
    Chair and Co-Chairperson (Preventative Radiological/Nuclear 
Detection Subcommittee): This subcommittee assists on matters building 
on the work performed and other matters involving Preventative 
Radiological/Nuclear Detection (PRND) technology and equipment, 
sustainment, training, exercises, and operations within the San Diego 
area. This sub-committee will serve as the primary interface for 
agencies in the San Diego AMSC region with existing or developing 
maritime PRND capabilities.

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The PRND Subcommittee will coordinate and promote the development of a 
sustainable, regional PRND capability among the federal, state, and 
local agencies that make up the San Diego AMSC. The ideal candidates 
for these positions will have experience in the PRND field (such as 
participation in the legacy West Coast Maritime Pilot program and the 
PRND Task Force of CalEMA) and be knowledgeable about maritime domain 
awareness and port security issues of the San Diego region.
    Applicants may be required to pass an appropriate security 
background check prior to appointment to the committee. Members' terms 
of office will be for five years; however, a member is eligible to 
serve additional terms of office. Members will not receive any salary 
or other compensation for their service on an AMSC. In support of the 
USCG policy on gender and ethnic diversity, we encourage qualified 
women and members of minority groups to apply.

Request for Applications

    Please submit an application or nomination to the address indicated 
under the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Those seeking membership 
are not required to submit formal applications to the local FMSC; 
however, because we do have an obligation to ensure that a specific 
number of members have the prerequisite maritime security experience, 
we encourage the submission of resumes highlighting experience in the 
maritime and security industries.
    The Department of Homeland Security does not discriminate in 
selection of Committee members on the basis of race, color, religion, 
sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender 
identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, 
membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. The 
Department of Homeland Security strives to achieve a widely diverse 
candidate pool for all of its recruitment actions.

    Dated: November 18, 2021.
Timothy J. Barelli,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator--San 
[FR Doc. 2021-25610 Filed 11-23-21; 8:45 am]