USCG/NASBLA Boating Incident Reporting Project Recommendations

Outcomes of Coast Guard’s Leadership Review of the Consensus Recommendations

Verne Gifford

Chief, Boating Safety Division

U.S. Coast Guard (CG-522), Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety

Mr. Gifford has been the Chief, Boating Safety Division at Coast Guard (CG) Headquarters since September 2017. He is responsible for the administration and coordination of all functions of the National Recreational Boating Safety (NRBS) program, whose mission is to minimize the deaths, injuries, damage, and environmental impact from recreational vessels, while optimizing safety and enjoyment. This includes managing a $118 million grant program; executing the NRBS strategic plan; serving as Designated Federal Official (DFO) to the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC); administering the casualty reporting system for recreational vessels; developing standards for recreational boat and equipment manufacture; administering the boat manufacturer compliance program; publishing Boating Safety Circulars; maintaining the notification (recall) process concerning defects; and administering the NRBS education, state law enforcement, and undocumented vessel numbering programs.


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