As Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence: Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. In order for a regulatory regime to derive its power from the consent of those regulated, it must be participatory, transparent, and allow the community to express views and ideas so that regulators can consider and act on them. This is particularly true when regulating the safety, security, and environmental protection standards for shipping, fishing, and boating industries that form critical components of the U.S. economy and our way of life. The Administrative Procedure Act, enacted in 1948, defines the minimum standards for participatory rulemaking. Subsequently, several presidents and Congress have expanded those requirements to ensure accessible opportunities to participate in the regulatory process. Having just finished its 70th year of continuous existence, the Coast Guard s Marine Safety and Security Council (MSSC), known as the Merchant Marine Council when formed in 1942, has been in the vanguard of ensuring that the voices of the regulated community are heard and considered as new standards are developed and implemented. My personal experience with the MSSC runs the entire course of my 32-year Coast Guard career, starting when I was a fresh ensign assigned to the staff of the Marine Safety Council from 1981 to 1983, through my role as chairman today. Through its oversight of the Coast Guard s regulatory function, the MSSC prioritizes regulatory initiatives, monitors and directs improvements to the regulatory process, and serves as the Commandant s senior advisory panel on regulatory matters. Through publication of the Proceedings, whose first issue appeared in 1944, the MSSC provides industry and the regulated public with a user-friendly way to keep abreast of current issues of interest.