Bureau of Enforcement
The Bureau of Enforcement is the prosecutorial arm of the Commission. Under the direction and management of the Bureau Director, Bureau attorneys participate as trial counsel in formal Commission proceedings, and work closely with the Commission’s Area Representatives in investigations of potential violations of the Shipping Act and Commission regulations. Bureau attorneys also negotiate settlements and informal compromises of civil penalties, and may act as investigative offices in formal fact-finding investigations initiated under the Shipping Act or the Foreign Shipping Practices Act (FSPA).
In addition, the Bureau monitors all other formal proceedings, including relevant court proceedings, in order to identify major regulatory issues, and advises the Commission of evolving competitive practices in international oceanborne commerce. Attorneys of the Bureau also serve as legal advisors concerning the practical repercussions of Commission regulations, and participate in the development of new or revised rules.