The Subcommittee on Fisheries and Coast Guard
of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation conducted
an oversight hearing regarding the operational readiness, mission balance, and FY 2006 budget request of the U.S. Coast Guard. Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) expressed concern about whether the monies requested in the budget would be sufficient for the agency’s many missions. Admiral Thomas Collins, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard reviewed
the Coast Guard’s recent accomplishments and plans for the future. Master Chief Franklin Welch, USCG, discussed personnel issues and the service’s high retention rate. Margaret Wrightson, GAO, testified that the Coast Guard is making significant progress with regard to improving its communications system, restructuring its field units, and enhancing readiness, but that various challenges must still be met. (HK Law).