Coast Guard Authorization Bill

Saw the following on the Brymar Consulting web site:

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R. 5515) has been reported in the House of Representatives. The bill incorporates the Maritime Administration (MARAD) Authorization Act and the US Coast Guard (USCG) Authorization Act. (5/15/18) [https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr5515rh/pdf/BILLS-115hr5515rh.pdf].

It is a huge document. The Coast Guard sections, 3521-3539, are on pages 942 to 961. It doesn’t really look like a new authorization bill to me, just changes to the existing 2010 authorization.

There was one particular requirement included that I applaud.

‘‘Not later than the date on which the President submits to Congress a budget pursuant to section 1105 of title 31, the Commandant of the Coast Guard shall make available on a public website and submit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate an update on Coast Guard mission performance during the previous fiscal year.’’

Our reports of mission effectiveness, goals vs actual, have been sporadic at best. We should want to do this to tout our achievements and to identify where we need more resources to accomplish statutory missions.

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