The Coast Guard budget for the coming fiscal year would slip below $10 billion under the White House federal spending proposal released Tuesday.
Adm. Robert Papp struck a note of mild triumphalism for the final annual address he'll deliver to the Coast Guard as its commandant. Papp is set to retire from the service after his four year term as the top officer in the chain of command comes to a finish at the end of this May.
Infrastructure for a terrestrial radio signal-based location system once operated by the Coast Guard would get a short-term reprieve under the two year Coast Guard reauthorization bill approved Feb. 11 by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
The Coast Guard announced Feb. 11 that is awarded three firm-fixed price contacts to three firms for the design phase of the Offshore Patrol Cutter acquisition.
A newly introduced two year Coast Guard reauthorization bill would cap spending at levels not distant from current and past years' amounts.
Faced with $200 million in mandatory cuts required by sequestration, the Coast Guard responded by decreasing drug interdiction efforts along ocean transit routes, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp said. He said the lessened Coast Guard presence in maritime routes between South and Central America resulted in about a 30 percent reduction in drug interdiction.
The Coast Guard can meet icebreaking demands in the Arctic through 2022 without reactivating the laid-up USCGC Polar Sea and the National Science Foundation has proven recourse to other icebreaking capability should the service's second heavy icebreaker be unable to break the annual channel to the main American research station in the Antarctic, concludes a Coast Guard analysis.
As a result of omnibus appropriations legislation funding federal agencies through September, Customs and Border Protection will have a record level of agents and officers and Immigration and Customs Enforcement will have the highest detention capacity in history. The House approved the $1.02 trillion funding measure by a vote of 359-67; the bill is expected to pass the Senate.
Although light on specifics, as federal strategic plans typically are, the new plan calls for organizations involved in monitoring the maritime domain to transition from "organization-centric databases to web-centric enterprise services that retrieve data from multiple sources (e.g. clouds, databases)."
The much anticipated final rule for Transportation Worker Identification Credential electronic card readers is due to be issued in April, according to the governmentwide regulatory agenda published Jan. 7.