Coast Guard Deepwater Acquisition Programs: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress
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The term Deepwater refers to a collection of more than a dozen Coast Guard acquisition programs for replacing and modernizing the services aging fleet of deepwater-capable ships and aircraft. Until April 2007, the Coast Guard pursued these programs as a single, integrated acquisition program that was known as the Integrated Deepwater System IDS program or Deepwater program for short. The now-separated Deepwater acquisition programs include plans for, among other things, 91 new cutters, 124 new small boats, and 247 new or modernized airplanes, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles UAVs. The year 2007 was a watershed year for Deepwater acquisition. The management and execution of what was then the single, integrated Deepwater program was strongly criticized by various observers. House and Senate committees held several oversight hearings on the program. Bills were introduced to restructure or reform the program in various ways. Coast Guard and industry officials acknowledged certain problems in the programs management and execution and defended the programs management and execution in other respects. The Coast Guard announced a number of reform actions that significantly altered the services approach to Deepwater acquisition and to Coast Guard acquisition in general. The Government Accountability Office GAO provided new assessments of Deepwater acquisition programs in a July 2009 report and April 2009 testimony. The Coast Guard, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security DHS, requested 1,051.5 million in FY2010 acquisition funding for Deepwater programs, including 305.5 million for aircraft, 591.4 million for surface ships and boats, and 154.6 million for other items.
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