Coast Guard Acquisitions: Better Information on Performance and Funding Needed to Address Shortfalls, Statement of Michele Mackin, Director Acquisition and Sourcing Management

While the Coast Guard has made progress in more closely following acquisition best practices, such as taking steps to increase competition, it does not have a long term plan that balances its estimated needs and resources as it continues its 30-year recapitalization effort. Instead, the Coast Guard continues to pursue a set of acquisitions that is not affordable, leading it to repeatedly delay and reduce capability on an annual basis to address budget constraints. In this report to the subcommittee, it is found, among other things, that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Coast Guard guidance is unclear regarding when minimum performance standards should be achieved, that the Coast Guard did not plan to operationally test its Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) system, and that the Coast Guard does not have a long-term fleet modernization plan. Testimony (1) describes how selected assets are performing in the field as well as results from recent operational test events; (2) provides summary cost information on the Coast Guard’s portfolio of acquisitions; and (3) discusses the extent to which the Coast Guard is experiencing capability gaps given known affordability issues.


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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01529289
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO-14-650T
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 18 2014 3:03PM