Coast Guard: Observations on the Genesis and Progress of the Service┐s Modernization Program
DIANE Publishing, 2010 - 32 pages
The U.S. Coast Guard is currently undertaking a major effort to update its command structure, support systems, and business practices. This effort, referred to as the modernization program, is intended to better position the service to fulfill not only traditional missions, such as ensuring the safety and security of commercial shipping, safeguarding U.S. fisheries, interdicting the smuggling of illicit drugs, and conducting search and rescue operations, but also homeland security responsibilities that expanded after September 11, 2001 (9/11). The modernization program is specifically focused on modifying the Coast Guard's command and control structure, including the establishment of four new organizational entities, as well as updating mission support systems, such as maintenance, logistics, financial management, human resources, acquisitions, and information technology. The proposed changes will have a major impact on a variety of functions servicewide including management of Deepwater, the long-term, multibillion-dollar program to upgrade the Coast Guard's aging fleet of water vessels and aircraft. In accordance with the congressional direction and as discussed with your offices, this report assesses the Coast Guard's modernization program. Specifically this report answers the following primary research questions: 1) What is the genesis for the Coast Guard's modernization program? 2) To what extent has the Coast Guard conducted efforts to monitor the progress of its modernization program and evaluate the results? As an additional component, the Explanatory Statement in the Committee Print accompanying the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 also directed us to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of including all funding for Coast Guard personnel within the Operating Expenses (OE) appropriation. Our review of this issue is contained within this report as enclosure II.
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110-161 Legislative Text 2008 Appropriations accompanying the Consolidated Acquisition Directorate acquisition personnel funding alignment appropriation accounts assess Assistant Commandant budget business plan Coast Guard headquarters Coast Guard officials Coast Guard reported Coast Guard’s modernization command structure Commandant for Mission Commandant Intent Action conducted congressional direction Consolidated Appropriations Act DCMS Deepwater Program Department of Homeland Deployable Operations Group Deputy Commandant established evaluate Explanatory Statement financial management fiscal year 2009 FORCECOM Guard’s modernization program Homeland Security Homeland Security Act House Appropriations Committees Hurricane Katrina identify implementation improvements Intent Action Orders key success indicators Liquefied Natural Gas maritime milestones Mission Action Plans mission execution Mission Support modernization efforts NAPA OE account Office of Inspector OPCOM organizational transformation performance measures performance metrics Print on H.R. Project Management Project Management Institute realignment responsible Senate and House Service-oriented architecture Strategic Transformation Team Text and Explanatory U.S. Coast Guard Washington