I have a Congressional inquiry pending with the USCG right now about the GAP Closure Training and problems with NMC. According to the USCG's Congressional Liaison, the USCG is 37 evaluators short and has been for 2 years at least, 6 months behind in issuing MMC's considered a "success" and not enforcing STCW requirements on foreign vessels does not require an Executive Order or briefing of Congress or the President among other USCG "success" stories.
What can we as Mariners do? In the upper right hand corner of the NMC web page is a button for customer feedback. EVERY TIME you go to their page, use the feedback button and put 1's across the board, give a short sentence about why and hit send or whatever. As long as their matrices remain high, they don't care about us. lso, send a letter to your Congressman.
There are 69,000 licensed mariners. Consider all the industries we support and bankroll. I am glad the unions are there but most of us are not or can not join a Union. The only way we can get Congress to listen is through the USCG getting hammered on the Marine Safety side and letters from us.
If anyone wants to discuss this anonymously, PM me. I have been fighting them six months trying to get everyone who got the training an extra year or two on their license. I am not there yet but it is close. I need help. You can help and remain anonymous through me. I promise.