Coast Guard Acquisitions: Opportunities Exist to Reduce Risk for the Offshore Patrol Cutter Program, Report to Congressional Committees [open pdf - 3MB]
From the Highlights: "The Coast Guard--a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)--is planning to spend over $12 billion to acquire a fleet of 25 OPCs [Offshore Patrol Cutter]. This is the component's highest investment priority and will help ensure a variety of missions, such as drug and migrant interdiction, are carried out in offshore waters once its aging Medium Endurance Cutters are decommissioned. After Hurricane Michael--a category 5 storm-- significantly disrupted the OPC shipbuilder's ability to continue work in October 2018, DHS granted up to $659 million in extraordinary contractual relief to the shipbuilder. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review the status of the OPC acquisition program. This report examines, among other objectives, how the Coast Guard revised the OPC program after Hurricane Michael and the extent to which the program addressed major risks--particularly in the areas of design maturity, schedule, and cost-- before proceeding through key acquisition decisions both pre- and post-hurricane."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/