Coast Guard: Information on Defense Readiness Mission Deployments, Expenses, and Funding [open pdf - 2MB]
Alternate Title: Coast Guard Defense Readiness
From the Document: "Section 8247 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 included a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to review Coast Guard resource allocations for its Defense Readiness mission. To address this provision, this report describes the Coast Guard's deployment of vessels and aircraft and associated operating expenses for its Defense Readiness mission compared with those for its other statutory missions for fiscal years 2011 through 2020--and how they relate to its funding for these years. To determine Coast Guard deployments, we analyzed Coast Guard vessel and aircraft operational hour data for each of its 11 statutory missions and commitments of forces to support DOD combatant commands for fiscal years 2011 through 2020. We also analyzed documentation, such as Coast Guard annual operational plans. To determine the Coast Guard's operating expenses and funding, we analyzed the service's Mission Cost Model operating expense estimates for its 11 statutory missions, appropriations, and DOD reimbursements for fiscal years 2011 through 2020. [...] We also interviewed officials from Coast Guard headquarters and its Atlantic and Pacific Area commands for perspectives on Defense Readiness deployments, operating expenses, and funding levels and the reasons for any trends during the period. We interviewed DOD officials to obtain their perspectives on Coast Guard support for DOD. We conducted this performance audit from January 2021 to September 2021 in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/