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Agreements The Commission reviews for legal sufficiency agreements filed under section 15 of the Shipping Act, 1916 (46 U.S.C. App. 814), or section 5 of the Shipping Act of 1984 (46 U.S.C. App. 1704), including conference, interconference, and cooperative working agreements between common carriers, terminal operators, and other persons subject to the shipping statutes. The Commission also monitors activities under all effective (1984 act) or approved (1916 act) agreements for compliance with the provisions of law and its rules, orders, and regulations. Tariffs The Commission accepts or rejects tariff filings, including filings dealing with service contracts, of common carriers engaged in the foreign and domestic offshore commerce of the United States, or conferences of such carriers, in accordance with the requirements of the shipping statutes and the Commission's rules and regulations. The Commission regulates rates of carriers in the domestic offshore trades and approves or disapproves special permission applications submitted by domestic offshore carriers and carriers in the foreign commerce, or conferences of such carriers, for relief from statutory and/or Commission tariff requirements. The Commission monitors the activities of controlled carriers under section 9 and antirebating by common carriers under sections 10(b) and 15(b) of the Shipping Act of 1984 (46 U.S.C. App. 1708, 1709, 1714).

Licenses The Commission issues or denies the issuance of licenses to persons, partnerships, corporations, or associations desiring to engage in ocean freight forwarding activities. Passenger Indemnity The Commission administers the passenger indemnity provisions of the act of November 6, 1966, issues or denies the issuance of certificates of financial responsibility of shipowners and operators to pay judgments for personal injury or death or to refund fares in the event of nonperformance of voyages.

Informal Complaints The Commission reviews alleged or suspected violations of the shipping statutes and rules and regulations of the Commission by common carriers, terminal operators, freight forwarders, and other persons subject to the provisions of the shipping statutes. After investigation, it concludes such complaints by administrative action, formal proceedings, referral to the Department of Justice, or by achieving voluntary agreement between the parties. Formal Adjudicatory Procedure The Commission conducts formal

investigations and hearings on its own motion and adjudicates formal complaints pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. note prec. 551). Rulemaking The Commission promulgates rules and regulations to interpret, enforce, and ensure compliance with shipping and other statutes of common carriers by water and other persons subject to the statutes. Investigation, Audit, and Financial and Economic Analyses The Commission prescribes and administers programs to ensure compliance with the provisions of the shipping statutes of all persons subject thereto. These programs include the submission of regular and special reports, information, and data; field investigations and audits of activities and practices of common carriers by water in the domestic offshore and foreign commerce of the United States; conferences of such carriers, terminal operators, freight forwarders, and other persons subject to the shipping statutes; and rate analyses, studies, economic reviews, and the preparation of reports reflecting current and prospective trade conditions, the extent and nature of competition in various trade areas, commodities carried, and future commodity trends.

International Affairs The Commission, in conjunction with the Department of State, conducts activities to effect the elimination of discriminatory practices on the part of foreign governments against United States-flag shipping and to achieve comity between the United States and its trading partners.

District

Houston....
Los Angeles
Miami....

New Orleans..
New York.

Puerto Rico.

District Offices-Federal Maritime Commission

Address

Suite 102, 4141 E. Beltway 8, Houston, TX 77032

P.O. Box 3184, Rm. 2040-A, 300 S. Ferry St., San Pedro, CA 90731
Rm. 115, 1001 North America Way, Miami, FL 33132..

Officer in Charge

Donald H. Butler
Michael A. Murphy
Miguel Tello
David M. Johnson
Robert A. St. John

Suite 440, World Trade Center, 2 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130..
Suite 614, 6 World Trade Center, New York, NY 10048-0949...
Rm. 762, U.S. District Courthouse, Carlos Chardon St., Hato Rey, PR (Vacancy)
00918-2254.

San Francisco................ Suite 3510, 525 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94105

Sources of Information

Employment Employment inquiries
may be directed to the Office of
Personnel, Federal Maritime Commission,
1100 L Street NW., Washington, DC
20573. Phone, 202-523-5773.

..... James A. Glugoski

Publications Recent publications of the
Federal Maritime Commission are:
Twenty-Fifth Annual Report (1986) and
volume 22 of Commission Decisions,
covering the period July 1979-June
1980.

For further information, contact the Office of the Chairman, Federal Maritime Commission, 1100 L Street NW., Washington, DC 20573. Phone, 202-523-5911.

FEDERAL MEDIATION AND CONCILIATION
SERVICE

2100 K Street NW., Washington, DC 20427

Phone, 202-653-5290

Director

Executive Director

KAY MCMURRAY
JACK JOHNSON

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service represents the public interest by promoting the development of sound and stable labor-management relationships; preventing or minimizing work stoppages by assisting labor and management to settle their disputes through mediation; advocating collective bargaining, mediation, and voluntary arbitration as the preferred processes for settling issues between employers and representatives of employees; developing the art, science, and practice of dispute resolution; and fostering constructive joint relationships of labor and management leaders to increase their mutual understanding and solution of common problems.

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service was created by the Labor Management Relations Act, 1947 (29 U.S.C. 172). The Director is appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.

Activities

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service helps prevent disruptions in the flow of interstate commerce caused by

labor-management disputes by providing mediators to assist disputing parties in the resolution of their differences. Mediators have no law enforcement authority and rely wholly on persuasive techniques.

The Service offers its facilities in labormanagement disputes in any industry affecting interstate commerce, either upon its own motion or at the request of one or more of the parties to the dispute, whenever in its judgment such dispute

threatens to cause a substantial interruption of commerce. The Labor Management Relations Act requires that parties to a labor contract must file a dispute notice if agreement is not reached 30 days in advance of a contract termination or reopening date. The notice must be filed with the Service and the appropriate State or local mediation agency. The Service is required to avoid the mediation of disputes that would have only a minor effect on interstate commerce if State or other conciliation services are available to the parties.

For further information, contact one of the regional offices listed below.

Mediation The mediator's efforts are directed toward the establishment of sound and stable labor-management

relations on a continuing basis. In this work the mediator has a more basic function: that of encouraging and promoting better day-to-day relations between labor and management, thereby helping to reduce the incidence of work stoppages. Issues arising in negotiations may then be faced as problems to be settled through mutual effort rather than issues in dispute.

For further information, contact the Office of Information and Public Affairs. Phone, 202-6535290.

Arbitration The Service, on the joint
request of employers and unions, will
also assist in the selection of arbitrators
from a roster of private citizens who are
qualified as neutrals to adjudicate matters
in dispute.

For further information, contact the Office of
Arbitration Services. Phone, 202-653-5280.

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For further information, contact the Office of Information/Public Affairs, Federal Mediation and
Conciliation Service, 2100 K Street NW., Washington, DC 20427. Phone, 202-653–5290.

FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Twentieth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20551
Phone, 202-452-3000

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The Federal Reserve System, the central bank of the United States, is charged with administering and making policy for the Nation's credit and monetary affairs. Through its supervisory and regulatory banking functions, the Federal Reserve helps to maintain the banking industry in sound condition, capable of responding to the Nation's domestic and international financial needs and objectives.

The Federal Reserve System was established by the Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 221), approved December 23, 1913. The System serves as the Nation's central bank. The powers of central banks vary widely, but their major responsibility is in the execution of monetary policy. Central banks typically perform a number of other functions, such as the transfer of funds, handling Government deposits and debt issues, supervising and regulating banks, and acting as lender of last resort.

It is the responsibility of the Federal Reserve System to contribute to the strength and vitality of the U.S.

economy. By influencing the lending and investing activities of commercial banks and the cost and availability of money and credit, the Federal Reserve System can help promote the full use of human and capital resources, the growth of productivity, relatively stable prices, and equilibrium in the Nation's international balance of payments. Through its supervisory and regulatory banking functions, the Federal Reserve System helps maintain a commercial banking system that is responsive to the Nation's financial needs and objectives.

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