Coast Guard Cutter Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress [March 28, 2014]   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The Coast Guard's program of record (POR) calls for procuring 8 National Security Cutters (NSCs), 25 Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPCs), and 58 Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) as replacements for 90 aging Coast Guard cutters and patrol craft. The NSC, OPC, and FRC programs have a combined estimated acquisition cost of about $21.1 billion, and the Coast Guard's proposed FY2015 budget requests a total of $768 million in acquisition funding for the three programs. NSCs are the Coast Guard's largest and most capable general-purpose cutters. They have an estimated average procurement cost of about $684 million per ship. The first three are now in service, the fourth through seventh are in various stages of construction, and long lead time materials (LLTM) are being procured for the eighth. […] Potential oversight issues for Congress regarding the NSC, OPC, and FRC programs include the following: [1] the adequacy of the Coast Guard's planned NSC, OPC, and FRC procurement quantities; [2] the Coast Guard's FY2015 request for acquisition funding for two (rather than four or six) FRCs; [3] the adequacy of FY2015 funding requested for the OPC program; [4] the Coast Guard's acquisition strategy for the OPC; [5] the potential for using multiyear procurement (MYP) in acquiring new cutters; [6] whether 8 NSCs, 25 OPCs, and 58 FRCs is the best mix of cutters that could be procured for roughly the same total amount of acquisition funding; and the adequacy of information available to Congress to support review and oversight of Coast Guard procurement programs, including cutter procurement programs."

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