"This report presents our annual review of the United States Coast Guard's mission performance, as required by the Homeland Security Act of 2002. To address the Act's requirements, we reviewed the Coast Guard's performance measures and results for each non-homeland security and homeland security mission, as well as resource hours used to perform the various missions from fiscal years 2001 through 2010. We did not verify the accuracy of the Coast Guard-provided data. Coast Guard data show that in fiscal year 2010, the Coast Guard dedicated about the same number of resource hours to both non-homeland security and homeland security missions. However, this parity was not by design but rather due to several major events, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and Haiti earthquake relief efforts. In addition, the total number of resource hours available for all missions has been declining since fiscal year 2005. This is attributable, in part, to aging cutters and aircraft and increased support functions, such as training. The Coast Guard performance measurement information indicates that it met more non-homeland security mission performance measures than homeland security mission performance measures. The Coast Guard's budget information for fiscal year 2011 and projections for fiscal year 2012 show a slight increase in homeland security mission spending and a slight decrease in non-homeland security mission spending from fiscal year 2010. This report contains no recommendations."
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-11-111
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