Auditor General Rips the Coast Guard

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I’ve just finished a couple very interesting articles about the Coast Guard. Here’s a few quotes:

The coast guard is a bumbling, chronically disorganized institution that wastes millions of dollars on botched repairs and fails to live up to its duties year after year.

We are concerned that the coast guard has a history of failing to complete corrective action on issues raised in our reports,

Overall, the cost of providing the service to the (department) has risen sharply, while the number of days at sea and the reliability of that service have lessened.

Across the coast guard fleet, aging vessels have become a major problem. Icebreakers for the Arctic, for example, will likely be replaced up to 18 years past their estimated life span.

A lack of accountability at the top, and the agency’s inability to prioritize its work, has condemned it to failure.

The coast guard’s ‘can do’ philosophy leads it to accept assigned duties even though there is no realistic way it can successfully deliver.”

Some of the problems have been identified by auditors general as far back as 1983. But a lack of accountability at the top, and the agency’s inability to prioritize its work, has condemned it to failure.

“The coast guard has a history of failing to complete initiatives, partly because it takes on too much at once. It needs to decide on a few of the most urgent priorities and then get the job done.

Pretty sad indeed. You can read the articles for yourself at the International Herald Tribune and Canoe.ca. That’s right, an English newspaper and a Canadian newspaper. Did I forget to mention this was a report from the Canadian Auditor General…about the Canadian Coast Guard.

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