There are ways a diversifing Coast Guard can avoid the negative consequences on group dynamics such as interpersonal conflict and personnel turnover that diversity can cause, writes Cmdr. Laura Collins, currently a Coast Guard fellow at the Rand Corporation.
The Coast Guard issued a final rule Nov. 19 clarifying that Transportation Worker Identification Credentials cannot be shown to employers as evidence of resident alien status.
Mexican panga boats operated by smugglers once were primarily a problem along the southern California coast, but now they're coming as far north as San Francisco, a Coast Guard admiral told a Nov. 19 House panel.
The fate of the fourteen C-27J aircraft the Coast Guard hopes to inherit from the Air Force remains undecided, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Coordination of maritime research continues to challenge Homeland Security Department components, says the Government Accountability Office, a finding it says is in line with other research finding that DHS has challenges with research and development coordination.
Customs and Border Protection has not assessed risks at select foreign ports with U.S.-bound shipments since 2005, part of a string of failures that has left key ports without a CBP presence, the Government Accountability Office says.
The Coast Guard mostly didn't meet performance measures associated with its homeland security missions during the last fiscal year, find Homeland Security Department auditors. Coast Guard officials told the DHS office of inspector general that in some cases their aging fleet or other resource limitations are to blame--although a look at metrics data shows that many performance goals are higher than recent year performance, indicating that the goal-setting may have be unrealistic.
The Coast Guard's Fast Response Cutter acquisition program has exited the final evaluation phase to enter into full-rate production and on Sept. 25 exercised an $250 million option with shipbuilder Bollinger for the construction of six more ships, the service announced.
Fractured congressional oversight of the Homeland Security Department has real world consequences beyond consuming large amounts of DHS officials' time, finds an unofficial task force that includes prospective Homeland Security secretary Thad Allen and the two co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission.
The Coast Guard is testing and evaluating oil spill detection and recovery technology in the Arctic Ocean as part of its second summer deployment to the Arctic. The Coast Guard and Canadian counterparts conducted their first Arctic offshore oil spill drill in a bay near the Bering Strait July 17 and 18, with the Canadian light icebreaker CGC Sir Wilfrid Laurier deploying a skimming vessel.