Vulnerabilities in MARAD's NSMV Program Management May Hinder Efficient Achievement of Program Goals [open pdf - 1MB]
Alternate Title: Vulnerabilities in the Maritime Administration's National Security Multi-Mission Vessels Program Management May Hinder Efficient Achievement of Program Goals
From the Highlights: "The Maritime Administration (MARAD) provides ships from the National Defense Reserve Fleet as training vessels for cadets at the State maritime academies to become licensed mariners. In fiscal year 2015, MARAD began the design of National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMV) to replace five training ships nearing the end of useful life. Congress directed MARAD to use an entity other than itself to contract for NSMV construction using commercial design standards and construction practices and has thus far appropriated approximately $1.3 billion for the NSMV program. Given this significant investment and MARAD's support of national security, we initiated this audit. Our objective was to assess MARAD's management of the NSMV Program, including oversight of the vessel construction manager (VCM) contract and use of commercial design standards and commercial construction practices consistent with the best interests of the Federal Government."
Department of Transportation. Office of Inspector General. Report No. ZA2021021
U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General: https://www.oig.dot.gov/