Coast Guard Deepwater Program: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress [Updated April 18, 2008] [open pdf - 185KB]
"The Integrated Deepwater Systems (IDS) program, or Deepwater program for short, is a $24-billion, 25-year project to replace and modernize the Coast Guard's aging fleet of deepwater-capable ships and aircraft. It is the largest and most complex acquisition effort in Coast Guard history, encompassing 91 new cutters, 124 new small surface craft, and 244 new or converted airplanes, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). For FY2009, the Coast Guard is requesting $990.4 million for the Deepwater program. A potential key issue for Congress in 2008 is whether the reform actions announced by the Coast Guard in 2007 are sufficient, whether the Coast Guard is implementing these reform actions adequately, and whether additional legislation needs to be passed to restructure or reform the program. This report will be updated as events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33753