Coast Guard: Observations on Progress Made and Challenges Faced in Developing and Implementing a Common Operational Picture
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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To facilitate its mission effectiveness through greater maritime situational awareness, the Coast Guard developed its Common Operational Picture COP -- a map-based information system shared among its commands. The COP displays vessels, information about those vessels, and the environment surrounding them on interactive digital maps. COP information is shared via computer networks throughout the Coast Guard to assist with operational decisions. COP-related systems include systems that can be used to access, or provide information to, the COP. This statement summarizes GAOs work on the following 1 the Coast Guards progress in increasing the availability of data sources and COP information to users, and 2 the challenges the Coast Guard has experienced in developing and implementing COP-related systems. This statement is based on GAOs prior work issued from July 2011 through April 2013 on various Coast Guard acquisition and implementation efforts related to the COP, along with selected updates conducted in July 2013. To conduct the selected updates, GAO obtained documentation on the Coast Guards reported status in developing COP-related acquisition planning documents. GAO has made recommendations in prior work to enhance the Coast Guards development and implementation of its COP-related systems. DHS generally concurred with the recommendations and has reported actions under way to address them.
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