Coast Guard: Actions Needed to Better Manage Shore Infrastructure

The Coast Guard, within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), owns or leases more than 20,000 shore facilities—such as piers, boat stations, air stations, runways, and housing units—at more than 2,700 locations. This statement by Heather MacLeod, Acting Director, Homeland Security and Justice, addresses (1) the condition of Coast Guard infrastructure, (2) Coast Guard actions to improve management of its shore infrastructure, and (3) challenges for the Coast Guard to address. This statement is based primarily on four Government Accountability Office (GAO) products issued from October 2017 through July 2020 and updates as of October 2021 on actions the Coast Guard has taken to address recommendations from these reports. GAO analyzed relevant Coast Guard documents and management processes, and interviewed Coast Guard officials. To conduct updates, GAO also reviewed Coast Guard budget information and other documentation, and interviewed officials on actions taken to implement prior GAO recommendations. GAO has made recommendations in prior reports to improve the Coast Guard’s asset management efforts, including reporting shore infrastructure needs more completely and accurately. DHS concurred with most of these recommendations and, in some cases, has taken steps toward addressing them.


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  • Accession Number: 01789184
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO-22-105513
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 22 2021 11:31AM