SIU Exec. VP Appointed to DOT Council


September 2011


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SIU Executive Vice President Augie Tellez in late July received a congratulatory letter from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood informing him of his appointment to the DOT’s Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC).


Tellez’s two-year appointment began on July 28. The council’s first public meeting is planned for later this year, though the exact date hasn’t been set.


In the communication to Tellez, LaHood pointed out that the MTSNAC was reestablished in May 2010 “to provide advice and make policy recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation on transportation development issues that address impediments to the effective use of America’s overall Marine Transportation System. However, the council will pay specific attention to the expansion and development of the Nation’s Marine Highway and port system through its Marine Highway subcommittee and the Secretary’s Port Advisory Council. The MTSNAC will comprise leaders from commercial transportation firms, port and water stakeholders, labor, academia, and federal, state and local public entities.”


The council likely will meet at least twice per fiscal year, and the meetings normally will be open to the public. According to the organization’s charter, “Timely notice of each meeting shall be published in the Federal Register, and the Chair may prescribe other types of public notice as well.”


Additional information about the MTSNAC is available at


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