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Coast Guard: Update on Deepwater Program Management, Cost, and Acquisition Workforce

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[Technical Report, Congressional Testimony]

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The Deepwater Program is intended to recapitalize the Coast Guards fleet and includes efforts to build or modernize five classes each of ships and aircraft, and procure other key capabilities. In 2002, the Coast Guard contracted with Integrated Coast Guard Systems ICGS to manage the acquisition as systems integrator. After the program experienced a series of failures, the Coast Guard announced in April 2007 that it would take over the lead role, with future work on individual assets to be potentially bid competitively outside of the existing contract. A program baseline of 24.2 billion was set as well. In June 2008, GAO reported on the new approach and concluded that while these steps were beneficial, continued oversight and improvement was necessary. The Coast Guard has taken actions to address the recommendations in that report. This testimony updates key issues from prior work 1 Coast Guard program management at the overall Deepwater Program and asset levels 2 how cost, schedules, and capabilities have changed from the 2007 baseline and how well costs are communicated to Congress and 3 Coast Guard efforts to manage and build its acquisition workforce. GAO reviewed Coast Guard acquisition program baselines, human capital plans and other documents, and interviewed officials. For information not previously reported, GAO obtained Coast Guard views. The Coast Guard generally concurred with the findings.


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  • Administration and Management
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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[A, Approved For Public Release]