Congressional Research Service has again updated their review of the Coast Guard’s Cutter acquisition programs. (Again only five days after the previous update) The changes reflect the Request for Information (RFI) issued Oct. 18, 2019. You can see the new CRS report here.
The significant changes begin on page 11, and continues through page 14 with quotes from the RFI, and in the “Issues for Congress” section, beginning on page 18 under “Follow-On Competition,” continuing through page 20.
It still seems strange to me that Eastern’s team is not being required to complete the detail design and that the Coast Guard would take the time to develop a second detail design.
As I understand, it the design team is Vard. They should not have been significantly effected by the hurricane that struck Eastern. Have they been unable to complete a detail design? Shouldn’t they be able to complete one before the re-compete contracts for design studies, evaluates design studies, awards another contract, and completes a second detail design? That the Coast Guard is considering this course make be suspicious that that something is terribly wrong within the Eastern team. I hope I am wrong.
It is gratifying to note that two posts from this blog are referenced in the report:
- “First Look at new OPC Acquisition Strategy, ‘Coast Guard Issues RFI for Offshore Patrol Cutter’— MarineLink,” footnote 40, page 20
- “Is Our Fleet Recapitalization on Course? Do We Need to Change the Destination?” footnote 56, page 34