The US Coast Guard (USCG) hopes to close duplicative air and maritime stations, although efforts to do so thus far have been hampered by Congress, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.
The USCG has developed the ability to analyse its operations to determine which maritime stations to close – and plans to do the same for air stations – but US legislation has thwarted those plans, forcing to the agency to keep certain stations open at least for seasonal service, GAO said in its 26 October report.
“The US Coast Guard has a sound process for analysing its boat stations that includes clear and specific steps for analysing the need for stations using terms that can be readily defined and measured,” GAO reported.
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