Federal Times is reporting the contents of the Coast Guards latest authorization bill, and there are some surprises.
The item I was particularly pleased to see, was a apparent interest in something I feel should be more closely watched, cutter days available.
Part of that requirement would be to implement a standard for tracking the number of days Coast Guard cutters are in operation at sea, and include days in which cutters are undergoing maintenance or repair.
That should be revealing. In considering what should be expected, I would suggest we look back a few years, say take a five year average from 1998 to 2002 as a baseline.
There are lots of other proposed changes, not the least is that it is to cover two years. I suggest you check it out.