Marine safety (1 - 10 of 19 items)
Homeland Security: Observations on DHS's Oversight of Major Acquisitions and Efforts to Match Resources to Needs
GAO-13-846T: Published: Sep 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2013.
GAO has previously established that the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) acquisition policy reflects many sound program management practices intended to mitigate the risks of cost growth and schedule slips. The policy largely reflects the knowledge-based approach used by leading commercial firms, which do not pursue major investments without demonstrating, at critical milestones, that their...
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The planned cost and schedule of the Coast Guard's portfolio of major acquisitions is unknown because of outdated acquisition program baselines and uncertainty surrounding affordability.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: Service Has Taken Steps to Address Historic Personnel Problems, but It Is too Soon to Assess the Impact of These Efforts
GAO-10-268R: Published: Jan 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2010.
During this decade, the Coast Guard has been challenged with expanded mission responsibilities, and concerns have been raised about whether sufficient personnel exist within the Coast Guard to fulfill these mission responsibilities. The terrorist attacks of September 11th resulted in additional and expanded security-related mission areas, while major natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, p...
Coast Guard: Observations on the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget and Related Performance and Management Challenges
GAO-09-810T: Published: Jul 7, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 2009.
The U.S. Coast Guard, a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), conducts 11 statutory missions that range from marine safety to defense readiness. To enhance mission performance, the Coast Guard is implementing a modernization program to update its command structure, support systems, and business practices, while continuing the Deepwater program--the acquisition program to replace...
Coast Guard: Administrative Law Judge Program Contains Elements Designed to Foster Judges' Independence and Mariner Protections Assessed Are Being Followed
GAO-09-489: Published: Jun 12, 2009. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 2009.
The United States Coast Guard's Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) program is designed to, among other things, promote safety at sea while protecting mariners' rights and is composed of judges whose duties include presiding over cases involving mariners' credentials. If a mariner does not meet certain requirements related to safety and security at sea, Coast Guard investigative officers are to serve t...
Coast Guard: Station Readiness Improving, but Resource Challenges and Management Concerns Remain
GAO-05-161: Published: Jan 31, 2005. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2005.
For years, the Coast Guard has conducted search and rescue operations from its network of stations along the nation's coasts and waterways. In 2001, reviews of station operations found that station readiness--the ability to execute mission requirements in keeping with standards--was in decline. The Coast Guard began addressing these issues, only to see its efforts complicated by expanded post-Sept...
Maritime Security: Partnering Could Reduce Federal Costs and Facilitate Implementation of Automatic Vessel Identification System
GAO-04-868: Published: Jul 23, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 2004.
As part of international efforts to ensure maritime safety and security--and to carry out its mandates under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002--the U.S. Coast Guard is developing an automatic identification system (AIS) that should enable it to monitor ships traveling to and through U.S. waters. For AIS to operate nationwide, ships need equipment to transmit and receive AIS signals,...
Coast Guard: Vessel Identification System Development Needs to Be Reassessed
GAO-02-477: Published: May 24, 2002. Publicly Released: May 24, 2002.
The September 11th attacks emphasized the need for sound government information management of potential risks to U.S. assets and citizens. One possible source of that risk is through the vessels that navigate our ports and waterways. Whereas most large commercial vessels and many large recreational vessels obtain federal documentation, most smaller vessels are registered only in the state where th...
Coast Guard: Budget and Management Challenges for 2003 and Beyond
GAO-02-538T: Published: Mar 19, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2002.
Like many federal agencies, the Coast Guard's priorities were dramatically altered by the events of September 11. The Coast Guard has requested $7.3 billion for fiscal year 2003--a 36 percent increase from the previous year. The events of September 11 caused a substantial shift of effort toward homeland security and away from other missions. As resources were shifted to meet these needs, the law e...
Coast Guard: Update on Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement System
GAO-02-11: Published: Oct 17, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2001.
The Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement system is an information system to track marine safety and law-enforcement activities involving commercial and recreational vessels. In 1999, after spending about four years and $26 million, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) terminated a contract to acquire the system and will instead develop the system at its operation systems center. USCG...