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New Government Report: Coast Guard

Coast Guard: Opportunities Exist to Further Improve Acquisiton Management Capabilities

by John P. Hutton
Paperback, 32 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437984614

The Coast Guard manages a broad $27 billion major acquisition portfolio intended to modernize its ships, aircraft, command and control systems, and other capabilities. Previous reports have discussed the Coast Guard’s significant acquisition challenges, including project challenges in its Deepwater program. They identified problems in costs, management, and oversight, but also recognized several steps the Coast Guard has taken to improve acquisition management. This report: (1) assessed Coast Guard capabilities to manage its major acquisition programs; and (2) determined the extent to which the Coast Guard leverages DoD and other agency contracts or expertise to support its major acquisition programs.

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May 3, 2011 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Oil Spills: Cost of Major Spills May Impact Viability of Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund: Congressional Testimony (ISBN: 1437935117)

Oil Spills: Cost of Major Spills May Impact Viability of Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund: Congressional Testimony (ISBN: 1437935117)
By Susan A. Fleming
(Paperback, 27 pages, 2010, $20)

On April 20, 2010, an explosion at the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon resulted in a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The spill’s total cost is unknown, but may result in considerable costs to the private sector, as well as federal, state, and local governments.

The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) set up a system that places the liability — up to specified limits — on the responsible party. The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (Fund), administered by the Coast Guard, pays for costs not paid for by the responsible party. This testimony focuses on: (1) how oil spills are paid for; (2) the factors that affect major oil spill costs; and (3) implications of major oil spill costs for the Fund. Charts and tables.

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June 30, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Maritime Security: Varied Actions Taken to Enhance Cruise Ship Security, but Some Concerns Remain (ISBN: 9781437933260)

Maritime Security: Varied Actions Taken to Enhance Cruise Ship Security, but Some Concerns Remain (ISBN: 9781437933260)
By Stephen L. Caldwell (Paperback, 52 pages, 2010, $20)

The Canada Free Press reported earlier in the week that cruise ships could become greater targets for terrorists, especially Somali pirates:

Agency officials reported in January 2010 that there had been no credible threats against cruise ships in the prior 12 months, but also noted the presence of terrorist groups that have the capability to attack a cruise ship. Agency officials and terrorism researchers also identified terrorists boarding a cruise ship as a concern.

Over 9 million passengers departed from U.S. ports on cruise ships in 2008, and according to agency officials, cruise ships are attractive terrorist targets.

This report addresses the extent to which: (1) the Coast Guard, the lead federal agency on maritime security, assessed risk in accordance with the Deptartment of Homeland Security’s guidance and identified risks; and (2) federal agencies, cruise ship and facility operators, and law enforcement entities have taken actions to protect cruise ships and their facilities.

The report reviewed relevant requirements and agency documents on maritime security, analyzed 2006 through 2008 security operations data, and made observations at seven ports. Includes recommendations. Charts and tables.

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May 20, 2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Long Passage to Korea: Black Sailors and the Integration of the US Navy

Long Passage to Korea: Black Sailors and the Integration of the US Navy
by Bernard C. Nalty
Paperback, 48 pages, 2003, $20.00
ISBN: 9781437936704

Long Passage to Korea Cover

This monograph in the Naval Historical Center’s series commemorating the Korean War, not only covers the contribution of African American Sailors in that conflict but traces the story of racial integration in the U.S. Navy since the American Revolution.

Truman's Executive Order 9981

Truman's Executive Order 9981

Read more on President Harry Truman’s Executive Order 9981, which eliminated segregation in the military (click to enlarge):

Author Bernard Nalty is a renowned authority on racial integration of the armed services.

Chapters: Introduction; The Early Republic; Filling the Ranks; From Slavery to Jim Crow; World War II Experience; Into the Cold War; and Impact of the Korean War. Sidebars: The Impressment of Black Sailors; Robert A. Smalls; The March on Washington; African Americans in the U.S. Coast Guard; President Truman’s Executive Order 9981; and Black Sports Heroes of the Korean War. Full-color illustrations.

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May 1, 2010 at 10:00 am Leave a comment


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