Coast Guard Shore Infrastructure: Applying Leading Practices Could Help Better Manage Project Backlogs of At Least $2.6 Billion

The Coast Guard, within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), owns or leases more than 20,000 shore facilities, such as piers, docks, boat stations, air stations, and housing units, at more than 2,700 locations. In June 2017, the Coast Guard testified to Congress that it had a $1.6 billion recapitalization backlog for its shore infrastructure, which had a replacement value of about $20 billion. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to review the Coast Guard’s management of its shore infrastructure. This report examines: (1) what is known about the condition and costs of managing the Coast Guard’s shore infrastructure, and (2) the extent to which the Coast Guard’s process for managing its shore infrastructure meets leading practices. To answer these questions, GAO reviewed relevant laws and Coast Guard annual reports on its shore infrastructure, analyzed Coast Guard data, and interviewed Coast Guard officials. GAO also compared Coast Guard policies and procedures, and actions taken during fiscal years 2012 through 2018 to manage its shore infrastructure, against the leading practices that GAO previously identified for managing public sector maintenance backlogs. GAO is making six recommendations, which DHS agreed to implement, including that the Coast Guard align its management of its shore infrastructure backlogs with leading practices by requiring the use of models for predicting the outcome of, and optimizing among, competing investments for maintenance projects.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 59p

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  • Accession Number: 01696710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO-19-82
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 21 2019 2:15PM