U.S. Coast Guard (61 - 70 of 279 items)
Coast Guard: Portfolio Management Approach Needed to Improve Major Acquisition Outcomes
GAO-12-918: Published: Sep 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2012.
The planned cost and schedule of the Coast Guard's portfolio of major acquisitions is unknown because of outdated acquisition program baselines and uncertainty surrounding affordability. The Coast Guard's approved baselines, which reflect cost and schedule estimates, indicate the estimated total acquisition cost of Coast Guard major acquisitions could be as much as $35.3 billion--an increase of ap...
Coast Guard: Mission Performance Challenged by the Declining Condition and Rising Costs of its Legacy Vessel Fleet
GAO-12-934T: Published: Sep 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2012.
From fiscal years 2005 through 2011, the physical condition of the Coast Guard's legacy vessels was generally poor. A primary Coast Guard measure of a vessel's condition--the operational percent of time free of major casualties--shows that the high endurance cutters, medium endurance cutters, and patrol boats generally remained well below target levels from fiscal years 2005 through 2011.The Coast...
Department of Homeland Security: Oversight and Coordination of Research and Development Should Be Strengthened
GAO-12-837: Published: Sep 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2012.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not know the total amount its components invest in research and development (R&D) and does not have policies and guidance for defining R&D and overseeing R&D resources across the department. According to DHS, its Science & Technology Directorate (S&T), Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), and U. S. Coast Guard are the only components that conduct...
Maritime Security: Progress and Challenges 10 Years after the Maritime Transportation Security Act
GAO-12-1009T: Published: Sep 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2012.
GAO's work has shown that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through its component agencies, particularly the Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), have made substantial progress in implementing various programs that, collectively, have improved maritime security. In general, GAO's work on maritime security programs falls under four areas: (1) security planning, (2) por...
Coast Guard: Legacy Vessels' Declining Conditions Reinforce Need for More Realistic Operational Targets [Reissued on August 30, 2012]
GAO-12-741: Published: Jul 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2012.
From fiscal years 2005 through 2011, the physical condition of the Coast Guard’s legacy vessels was generally poor; and the Coast Guard has taken two key actions to improve the vessels’ condition: reorganizing its maintenance command structure and implementing sustainment initiatives for portions of its legacy vessel fleet. The Coast Guard’s primary measure of a vessel’s condition is the o...
Mortgage Foreclosures: Regulatory Oversight of Compliance with Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Has Been Limited
GAO-12-700: Published: Jul 17, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2012.
Certain protections under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) only apply to those servicemembers who obtained mortgages prior to becoming active duty, but at least 15,000 instances of financial institutions failing to properly reduce servicemembers mortgage interest rates and over 300 improper foreclosures have been identified by federal investigations and financial institutions in re...
Intelligence Community Personnel: Strategic Approach and Training Requirements Needed to Guide Joint Duty Program
GAO-12-679: Published: Jun 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2012.
All of the Intelligence Community (IC) elements except for one are participating in the Joint Duty Program and the IC elements generally view the program as beneficial. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Defense Security Service, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, and 15 other IC components have identified an office or individual responsible...
Observations on the Coast Guard's and the Department of Homeland Security's Fleet Studies
GAO-12-751R: Published: May 31, 2012. Publicly Released: May 31, 2012.
Fleet Mix Phase One, which was not cost constrained, indicated that the planned program of record does not fully meet long-term strategic goals and found that, to meet these goals, the Coast Guard requires a fleet that could cost as much as $65 billion to acquire, which is about $40 billion more than the $24.2 billion program of record. Coast Guard officials stated that the analysis supports the c...
Border Security: Opportunities Exist to Ensure More Effective Use of DHS's Air and Marine Assets
GAO-12-518: Published: Mar 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2012.
GAOs analysis of the Office of Air and Marine (OAM) data found that OAM met 73 percent of the 38,662 air support requests and 88 percent of the 9,913 marine support requests received in fiscal year 2010. The level of support differed by location, customers, and type of mission. For example, in its northern region OAM met air support requests 77 percent of the time and in its southeast region...
Maritime Security: Coast Guard Efforts to Address Port Recovery and Salvage Response
GAO-12-494R: Published: Apr 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2012.
Each of the seven Coast Guard AMS Plans that we reviewed has incorporated key recovery and salvage response planning elements as called for by legislation and Coast Guard guidance. Using a template provided by Coast Guard headquarters to help guide AMS Plan development, each AMS Plan included an applicable section addressing procedures to facilitate recovery of the MTS following a TSI. While some...