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With regard to the Coast Guards regulatory missions, Papp says ? atly, I ? nd this fascinating. As a ship operator, I wasnt involved in this aspect of our missions for most of my career. But, these regulations are so important to what we do. Its not supposed to be fast. The only thing Ive ever seen go rapidly was security in the wake of 9/11. Some people would say we didnt get some things right and if so, thats a func- tion of the speed of that process. Weve brought more people in to the regulatory process, but more importantly, we are training them. And, weve brought our average time span for the regulatory process down from six to four years. We need to listen to everyone and make compromises where neces- sary. That, by its nature cannot always be speedy. Papp also admits that the consolidation of the Regional Exam Centers to West Virginia to gain ef? ciencies was a good idea, but that it took too much away from the regional of? ces. You still need to have a face out there that people can deal with,? he said, but also insisted, From my experience, credentialing experiences that I hear about have been more positive and indeed mostly positive.? Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp with then-mayor of Barrow Edward Itta. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Of? cer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley. MP #2 18-33.indd 215/3/2013 3:58:26 PM

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