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GAO: Coast Guard needs to address risks in plan for rotating crews

Apr 8, 2015 11:54 AM

The report focuses on manpower aboard eight new national security cutters

The following are highlights from a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report:

(WASHINGTON) — The Coast Guard is in the process of replacing its 12 aging high-endurance cutters with eight NSCs.The NSCs are to achieve increased operational performance compared to the legacy cutters they are replacing, in part, by using rotating crews. GAO was asked to assess the Coast Guard’s use of the CRC to increase NSC operational performance. This report examines (1) the extent to which the Coast Guard has made progress in testing the CRC and increasing the NSCs’ operational performance, (2) the extent to which the Coast Guard has addressed risks affecting the CRC test and implementation, and (3) the extent to which the Coast Guard’s performance measure allows it to accurately measure NSC operational performance. GAO analyzed NSC acquisition and planning documents; DAFHP data from fiscal years 2011 to 2014; and studies on aspects of CRC implementation, such as scheduling, and interviewed Coast Guard officials and senior officers of all three NSCs deployed as of October 2014.

What GAO recommends

GAO recommends, among other things, that the Coast Guard (1) fulfill its recommended NSC staffing requirements, (2) specify mitigating actions to address risk factors identified in this report, (3) develop interim milestones for the mitigation actions to be taken, and (4) develop a timeframe for implementing alternative operational performance measures prior to CRC testing. The Department of Homeland Security concurred with GAO’s recommendations.

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