Homeland Security: Coast Guard Operations-Background and Issues for Congress [Updated June 7, 2002] [open pdf - 36KB]
From the Summary: "The Administration's proposal, announced June 6, 2002, to create a new Department of Homeland Security (DHLS) would, if implemented, transfer the Coast Guard from the Department of Transportation (DoT) to DHLS. The Coast Guard, with about 43,600 full-time uniformed and civilian personnel, would be the largest federal agency absorbed into DHLS. The Administration's proposal mirrors other bills introduced in Congress prior to June 6, 2002 that would transfer the Coast Guard into a new department or agency for homeland security. In addition to the issue of the Coast Guard's location in the executive branch, the Coast Guard's homeland security operations, particularly after September 11, 2001, raise other potential issues for Congress. This report will be updated as events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RS21125