Executive Branch Leadership
Leadership is critical in developing and executing effective public policy. Over the previous year a number of instances suggest that there is no clear Executive Branch "leader" in formulating public policy over the role of port operations in supporting the movement of maritime freight. Examples include the examination into port productivity metrics, the application of a verified gross mass across the supply chain, and the response to the impacts from the Hanjin bankruptcy. Various federal elements hold and understand discreet roles. But effective public policy begins with a sound understanding across the field. A recent GAO report on the West Coast Ports echoed this observation.
NAWE urges the Executive Branch prior to developing and executing public policy over port operations to designate a leader who will understand the critical role the ports play.