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Commissioner A. Paul Anderson to Leave Agency

May 21, 2008

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CONTACT: Karen V. Gregory, Assistant Secretary (202) 523-5725

Federal Maritime Commissioner A. Paul Anderson today announced that he is leaving the agency effective May 30, 2008. Mr. Anderson, who was first appointed to the Commission in August, 2003 by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in May, 2004, was nominated to serve as the Chairman of the Commission by the President last August.

"In less than five years, we've taken aggressive steps to make our maritime sector safer, more secure and more prosperous than ever before," said Commissioner Anderson. "Serving the American people has been a rewarding experience and a tremendous honor."

While serving at the Commission, Commissioner Anderson worked to maintain licensing requirements for Ocean Transportation Intermediaries while striving to allow greater flexibility to meet the changing dynamics of ocean transportation. He added that he has taken steps to ensure a better flow of security-related information between the maritime community and federal agencies and has worked to ensure that government officials have the latest information about maritime international commercial developments. Commissioner Anderson also worked closely with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters while serving on a Cabinet-level commission, the Committee on Marine Transportation System (CMTS), designed to coordinate the maritime activities of various federal agencies.

Commissioner Anderson said that he plans to continue serving the U.S. maritime sector after he leaves public service. He also plans to resume his commitment to non-profit organizations with which he worked prior to joining the Administration. Before being named by the President to the Commission, Mr. Anderson served with Hvide Marine, now known as Seacore Holdings, Inc., a diversified maritime transportation company with domestic Jones Act and international operations. Immediately prior to his appointment he served with JM Family Enterprises, Inc., a Florida based automobile company and one of America's largest privately held companies.

Press Contact: Karen V. Gregory (202) 523-5725; e-mail: secretary@fmc.gov