ABSTRACT

Coast Guard: Actions Needed to Enhance Performance Information Transparency and Monitoring, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 5MB]

"The Coast Guard, within DHS, is responsible for, among other things, protecting the marine environment and guarding the nation's vast coastline and ports. Using performance goals-- comprised of measures, timeframes, and targets--the Coast Guard assesses and communicates its performance. The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 included a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to review the Coast Guard's performance goals. This report examines: (1) the extent the Coast Guard developed and reported goals that align with each of its missions and address core activities, (2) the extent the Coast Guard and DHS have processes to ensure that data for selected goals are reliable, and (3) the explanations and corrective actions the Coast Guard reported for selected met and unmet goals during fiscal years 2011 through 2015. GAO reviewed applicable laws, policies, and guidance. GAO reviewed the reliability and results of 7 of the Coast Guard's 38 performance goals to include a variety of performance results, data sources, and missions, and interviewed Coast Guard and DHS officials. GAO recommends that the Coast Guard develop new performance goals or describe how existing goals are sufficient, publicly report its goals, assess the extent limitations in performance data are documented, document measurable corrective actions and implementation time frames, as well as document efforts to monitor implementation of corrective actions. DHS concurred with all five recommendations."

Report Number:GAO-18-13
Publisher:United States. Government Accountability Office
Date:2017-10-27
Copyright:Public Domain
Retrieved From:Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
Format:pdf
Media Type:application/pdf
URL:https://www.hsdl.org/?view&did=805222
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