"This report responds to language in Senate Report 114-264 accompanying the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (P.L. 115-31). Senate Report 114-264 states: The Committee is aware of an outstanding Coast Guard requirement to replace aging small response boats and notes that the Coast Guard is not procuring enough boats annually to meet its acquisition objective. The Committee includes funding above the request to purchase not less than 46 small response boats in fiscal year 2017. The bill also includes long-standing language to allow funds from the Operating Expenses appropriation to be used for the purchase or lease of boats for contingent and emergent requirements (at a unit cost of no more than $700,000) and repairs and end-of-service-life replacements. The annual cost of these activities is capped at $31,000,000. Unlike major procurements requested for the Acquisition, Construction, and Improvements appropriation, the Coast Guard's annual request for the Operating Expenses appropriation includes minimal information about the budget for boat activities. In order to gain more clarity on these matters, the Coast Guard shall report to the Committee no later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this act detailing planned small boat purchases, leases, repairs, and service life replacements for fiscal year 2017."
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