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GAO – USCG Deepwater Program

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a Report concerning the Coast Guard's Deepwater Program to improve its offshore vessels and aircraft and related assets. The report found significant improvement in program management, but recommends continued vigilance. GAO-06-546 Source: HK Law

Kerry Pressures Coast Guard to Bid New Deepwater Contract

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) introduced legislation that will prevent the Coast Guard from re-signing the current Deepwater program contract with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Kerry's bill requires the Coast Guard re-open the contract and hold a competitive bidding process for the remaining aspects of the program. Last month, Kerry called for the Coast Guard to drop the current contract when it comes up in June. Kerry acknowledged the Coast Guard decision yesterday to cancel a part of the Lockheed/Grumman contact and take overoperations for the "fast-response cutter," a high-speed security vessel. "Taking over this aspect of the program is a good first step," Kerry said.

T&I Committee Urges Coast Guard to Examine Future of Deepwater Contract

James L. Oberstar (Minn.), Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Md.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, today called on the U.S. Coast Guard to restructure the Deepwater Program, which is critical to the mission readiness of the Coast Guard. Under the Deepwater Program, the Coast Guard is procuring 91 cutters, more than 100 small surface craft, and 244 new or converted aircraft, including helicopters and fixed-wing airplanes. "Congress has seen time and time again that the Executive Branch is trying to contract out program management duties that should be carried out by Federal employees.

Hearing on USCG Deepwater Program

On Tuesday, January 30, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will conduct a hearing on the Coast Guard’s Deepwater Program. Source: HK Law

Coast Guard Awards Contracts for Development of New Cutter

The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded two contracts totaling $129 million to Northrop Grumman Corporations Ships Systems sector for initial development and delivery of the Coast Guard’s first new National Security Cutter, part of the Coast Guard’s Deepwater program, which is aimed at replacing its aging offshore fleet. “The Coast Guard and the American people urgently need the Deepwater Program,” said Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. “The Department of Homeland Security is thrilled with the progress the Coast Guard has made to date with Deepwater. The Deepwater program will improve the Coast Guard’s overall mission performance and maritime homeland security capabilities.

Storm Warnings Raised over Readiness Concerns

By Capt. Gordon I. This June's two-year anniversary of the Coast Guard's award of contract for the Integrated Deepwater System reflects steady progress in efforts to modernize the nation's maritime guardians, but heightened concerns over falling readiness have led some congressional lawmakers to renew calls to accelerate the comprehensive 20-plus-year recapitalization program. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thomas H. Collins described his concern over current readiness trends in early March during congressional testimony on the Bush administration's proposed fiscal year 2005 budget. "Our greatest threat to mission performance continues to be that our aircraft…

Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman To Team For USCG Proposal

Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman Ingalls Shipbuilding announced the creation of a joint venture partnership under which the two major corporations will submit a proposed "best value" solution for the U.S. Coast Guard's Deepwater Program. This newly formed joint venture - Integrated Coast Guard Systems - formalizes a partnership underway for more than three years. The team is hosting its Functional Design Review (FDR) for the Coast Guard this week at Lockheed Martin's facility in Moorestown. The U.S. Coast Guard's Deepwater Program was established to recapitalize the organization's ships, aircraft and system platforms to support deepwater missions. The missions include Maritime Law Enforcement, Maritime Safety, National Defense and Marine Environmental Protection.

Rabago Takes the Helm of USCG Deepwater Program

Rear Adm. Ronald J. Rábago relieved Rear Adm. Gary T. Blore today as the program executive officer of the U.S. Coast Guard’s largest recapitalization and modernization initiative, the $24 billion, 25-year Deepwater program. Blore is slated to become the next assistant commandant for acquisition and chief acquisition officer of the Coast Guard. The shift in leadership at the acquisition directorate and Deepwater is the result of organizational changes ordered last year by Adm. Thad Allen, commandant of the Coast Guard. “We are making significant and necessary changes to the entire Deepwater program,” said Rábago. The Deepwater program will soon combine with all other elements of the Coast Guard acquisition enterprise, to form a new acquisition directorate.

Cummings, Oberstar Introduce Act to Reform Deepwater

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, introduced the Integrated Deepwater Program Reform Act to bring significant reform to the Coast Guard's highly troubled $24b, 25-year Deepwater acquisitions program. Chairman Cummings was joined in introducing the Act by Congressman James L. Oberstar (D-MN), Chairman of the full Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Among other reforms, the Act would prohibit the use of a private sector lead systems integrator for the Deepwater program two years after its enactment, require the use of full and open competition for acquisitions made under Deepwater…

Deepwater Industry Affirm Commitment to Coast Guard Modernization Program

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Deepwater Topic of Congressional Hearing

Implementation of the U.S. Coast Guard’s program to replace and modernize over 90 ships and 200 aircraft used in its offshore missions - including drug and migrant interdiction, homeland security and fisheries law enforcement - will be the topic of a Congressional oversight hearing on Wednesday. The hearing by the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20th in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. - Admiral Thomas A. Accompanied by Rear Admiral Patrick M. The Coast Guard began planning a recapitalization program to replace existing deepwater-capable assets in 1996.

Hearing on CG Acquisitions Process

Today, March 24, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, convened the Subcommittee to examine steps the Coast Guard has taken to reform and strengthen the policies and procedures it utilizes to manage acquisition processes. Specifically, the hearing examined the extent to which the Coast Guard will be positioned to exercise effective oversight of acquisition efforts as a result of new reforms implemented in response to extensive criticism of its management of the $24b Deepwater program. Over the past two years, the Coast Guard has moved to restructure its acquisition management systems…

House to Vote on Bill to Reform Deepwater Program

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Integrated Deepwater Program Reform Act, H.R. 2722. The legislation, authored by Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, would strengthen the management of the Coast Guard's Deepwater procurement program-which has been marred by failures in contractor performance and Coast Guard management. Management of the Deepwater Program, a $24b, 25-year program through which the Coast Guard will replace or rehabilitate all of its cutters and aircraft, was awarded in 2002 through a performance-based contract to a private sector team comprised of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, now known as the Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS).

House Passes Bill to Reform Deepwater Program

By a vote of 426-0, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2722, the Integrated Deepwater Reform Act, authored by Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. The legislation will strengthen the management of the Coast Guard's Deepwater procurement program, which has been marred by failures in contractor performance and Coast Guard management. "I am pleased that my colleagues joined me with such overwhelming support in passing this bill. H.R. 2722 offers the necessary steps to address the disappointing outcomes from procurements we have witnessed from the Deepwater program up to this point.

IDGA Martime Modernization to be Held in D.C.

IDGA’s Maritime Modernization conference will be held in Washington D.C. on January 28 – 29, 2003 The conference will address the transformation of the U.S. maritime domain. Attend this informative event and hear key leaders and experts like Vice Admiral Thad Allen, US Coast Guard Chief of Staff and Rear Admiral Patrick Stillman, PEO for the Deepwater Program and Congressman Frank LoBiondo discuss strategies, requirements and capabilities of the maritime community.

Northrop Grumman Receives Prestigious Award

Northrop Grumman received the 2003 Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense in recognition of its roles in the Integrated Deepwater System program, and in the Immigration and Naturalization Service's (INS) Technology Enterprise Automation Management Support (TEAMS) program. Northrop Grumman was cited by Frost & Sullivan, based on their role in the Deepwater program, on its deep understanding of vertical technologies required by maritime vessels involved in military missions as well as its broad integration skills supporting the U.S. Coast Guard's acquisition of three classes of new cutters and their associated small boats.

Hearing to be Held on Coast Guard's Fiscal Year 2008 Budget

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, will lead the Subcommittee in examining the Coast Guard's fiscal year 2008 budget, including planned capital expenditures on the Deepwater acquisition program. The Subcommittee will also receive testimony from the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security and a representative of the General Accountability Office regarding the Coast Guard's budget and recent investigations of the Deepwater program, including structural problems with the National Security Cutter and the hull failures of the 123-foot patrol boats.

New Appointment for Coast Guard’s Deepwater Program

Rear Adm. Gary Blore took over as head of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Deepwater program April 17, becoming the second officer to lead the service’s ambitious recapitalization program. Blore relieved Rear Adm. Patrick Stillman, who ran the program since its inception in 2001. Blore, an aviator, piloted helicopters and jets after graduating from the Coast Guard Academy in 1975. At service headquarters in Washington, he was chief of the Coast Guard’s aviation forces from 2000 to 2002, when he became responsible for the service’s budget office. He was promoted to flag rank in 2004 and, as a special assistant to the president, was senior director for border and transportation security under the Department of Homeland Security.

USCG Announces Deepwater Decision

The U.S. Coast Guard announced a 43-month award term extension of the performance-based contract for its Integrated Deepwater System (Deepwater) fleet modernization and recapitalization program. Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS), a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, received notification of the award today. The performance period of the award term will begin at completion of the base period in June 2007 and end in January 2011. The initial contract specified a five-year base period of performance, with potential for five additional award terms of up to 60 months each, for a maximum of 30 years. The announcement by Rear Adm. Patrick M.

USCG Launches $11B Plan To Upgrade Fleet

U. S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Michael P. Jackson, joined by U. S. Coast Guard Commandant Thomas H. Collins, today announced the award of a landmark contract valued at $11.04 billion for a fleet of new ships and aircraft, plus improved command and control systems, to meet the service’s homeland security and other mission needs. In addition, the contract includes $5.91 billion for operating, maintenance, and sustainment costs for a value of $16.95 billion. The contract was awarded to Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS), a joint venture established by Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. “The Deepwater Program will ensure that the Coast Guard continues to guarantee the nation’s maritime security,” said Deputy Secretary Jackson.

Key Pieces of Coast Guard Legislation Passed

U.S. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, today (June 26, 2007) convened the Subcommittee to mark up the Integrated Deepwater Program Reform Act, H.R. 2722 and the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2007, H.R. 2830, which would reauthorize the Coast Guard. Both bills were adopted by voice vote. Congressman Cummings said, "The Integrated Deepwater Program Reform Act, H.R. "In response to the issues we have examined during the oversight hearings our Subcommittee has convened on Deepwater, H.R. "The bill also requires the appointment of a civilian Chief Acquisitions Officer.

Rear Adm. Blore Tours Cutter

U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Gary T. Northrop Grumman's facility in Pascagoula, Miss. James Anton, executive vice president of Integrated Coast Guard Systems, left, and Royce Winbush, general ship superintendent, right, escorted Rear Adm. Blore through various areas of the new ship. Bertholf, a 418-foot Legend-class cutter, is part of the Integrated Deepwater System, a critical multi-year, multi-billion dollar program to modernize and replace the Coast Guard's aging ships and aircraft, and improve command-and-control and logistics systems. Lockheed Martin, is handling the Deepwater contract. Cutters as part of the Deepwater program. mast background. christened this fall.

$14m Up For Grabs in RPSEA R&D Program

RPSEA Releases Ultra-Deepwater Program RFP  to fund research & development projects to secure energy for America. The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) announces the release of the remaining 2011 Ultra-Deepwater Program request for proposals (RFP) to award $14 million in oil and natural gas research and development projects offshore. 5401 - Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Riser for Dry Tree Drilling of High Pressure Wells (S&ES). The objective of this technical area of interest is to develop a carbon-fiber reinforced riser for dry tree Gulf of Mexico drilling, by expanding on the results from RPSEA Project 07121-1401.

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